The ACHH is excited to announce that we will host a 2019 Writer in Residence this fall. Readers and writers were wowed by last year’s Writer in Residence, Frances Itani, so we’re doing it again.

2019 Writer in Residence

Arts Council ~ Haliburton Highlands

The Arts Council Haliburton Highlands is seeking expressions of interest from Canadian authors for our 2019 Writer in Residence program. The 2019 Writer in Residence (WiR) program will take place September 15 to 29, over a beautiful fall period in the Highlands. Residence includes two weeks accommodation in a private lakeside cottage.

The successful candidate will participate in an innovative book club format which will include a live-streamed public appearance and Q&A session on September 15. The focus will be on one selected book; however, an onsite sales table will have other titles by the author available.

Our writer-in-residence program was launched in 2018 to help guide and inspire local writers at various levels. Our success last fall hosting author Frances Itani, and her impact on the community, confirmed the value of our WiR program.

Depending on additional funding being secured, the 2019 Writer in Residence will also:

  • lead a one-day workshop on aspects of craft and technique
  • participate in an intimate writers' retreat by providing a maximum of 10 one-on-one feedback sessions and casual evening programming in an area facility (retreat to be held Sept 27 to 29.)

Should funding not be secured for the latter part of the program, the Arts Council guarantees a $500 honorarium, private lakeside accommodations and a budget for travel for September 15 - 29. In addition, we would schedule a one-day WiR workshop for local writers at which a fee is charged and fees going to the WiR, less a 10% admin charge.

If full funding is secured, an additional $1500 will be paid to the writer to provide the workshop and participate in the retreat programming, as noted.

Interested writers should be comfortable with public appearances, as well as facilitating workshops and meeting with writers at various stages of their development.

Contact:  Renée Woltz, Arts Council ~ Haliburton Highlands 

Haliburton Highlands: A natural work of art

Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands Annual General Meeting Jan. 23/19

Where: Haliburton Highlands Museum

WhenL 5:00 pm for refreshments

               6:00 pm for meeting

Please join us for a review of the past year. 

Nominations for Directors can be sent to Peggy Morgan at and/or will be taken from the floor the day of the meeting.

Mission and Mandate for the Arts Council April 4, 2017
Nomination Form 2018-19

Fashion Fallies 2018

Fashion Fallies wowed audiences once again with artrageous outfits and spectacular performances on Friday November 9th at Haliburton School of Art & Design. The sold-out event showcased over 40 entries from professional artists to hobbyists to local students at the high school and college. Dance Happens Here sponsored performances that ranged from spoken word and music to contemporary dance. A special thanks to prize sponsors: Indigodragonfly, ACM Designs, Mixed Tape Vintage, Aboveground Art Supplies and Haliburton School of Art & Design. Prizes were awarded to Evan Cliff,Sandi Luck, Karen Sirianni and Denise Magloughlen

Fasion Fallies 2018-2

Halls Island Artist Residency seeks an arts admin/support staff to assist with the summer 2019 program launch.


Halls Island Artist Residency seeks an arts admin/support staff to assist with the summer 2019 program launch. Successful candidate will have previous arts experience and strong organization and communication skills to work independently. Reporting to the HIAR board, responsibilities include writing grant applications and maintaining/updating the website, documents and records. This contract position is a work-from-home, flexible position, averaging 8 hours per week. Commencing January 2019 with possibility of renewal at the end of 3 months. Must have commitment to supporting the arts in its diverse forms; boating license an asset. About Halls Island: Email resume: by December 10.

Writer in Residence Frances Itani and HCPL Book Gala and Canadian Journalist & Author Carol Off

"Book lovers mark your calendars for two exciting author events in Haliburton County! On October 12, spend an Evening with author Frances Itani, presented by the Arts Council Haliburton Highlands Literary Arts Roundtable. This will be at the Great Hall at Haliburton School of Art + Design at 6:30pm. Then on October 28, Friends of HCPL host their annual Book Gala and Silent Auction featuring Canadian Journalist and author Carol Off. This will be at the Pinestone at 1pm."