TRU Scholarship for Creative Writing Students established in honor of the late Kamloops author

The first Dr. Joan Sherman Weir Writing Excellence Fellowship will be presented in early 2023 (Image credit: TRU).

By Aaron Schulze

Dr. Joan Sherman Weir Memorial Scholarship

August 18, 2022 | 7:47

KAMLOOPS — A $50,000 scholarship has been created to honor an author and longtime resident of Kamloops.

The first Dr. Joan Sherman Weir Writing Excellence Scholarship will be presented in early 2023. The Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Scholarship was established by the de Weir family.

“She had a conversation with me years ago. Before leaving Kamloops, she talked about wanting to do something in school, so that’s something that’s been on my mind for a number of years,” says Richard Weir, the youngest of Sherman’s four sons. “I think she would be delighted. I talked to my older brother who is also a writer (playwright Ian Weir) about it and he said, ‘She’s going to be radiant’.

Sherman Weir taught creative writing at TRU, formerly known as University College of the Cariboo, beginning in 1977, the year his first and second novels were published. Weir developed TRU’s creative writing program for two decades, published 16 young adult novels and six Canadian history books. Weir received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from TRU in 2004 and is commemorated on the TRU Pioneer Wall.