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January, 2015: Evelyn Lau's February events are now open for registration! (more)

September, 2014: Shyam Selvadurai and Evelyn Lau are the 2014-2015 Distinguished Visiting Writers. Stay tuned for details about their November and February residencies. (more)

July, 2014: Ian Williams is the 2014-2015 Canadian Writer-in-Residence. (more)


August, 2013: The CDWP turns 20! Help celebrate by picking up a copy of Celebrating 20 Years of the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program, a chapbook including work from 11 former Distinguished Visiting Writers and Writers-in-Residence. (more)

About the Program

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program strives to advance the careers of Canadian writers, invigorate the Calgary writing community, and enhance the activities of the Faculty of Arts and the Department of English. The Program achieves its objectives through two annual residency programs: one for an emerging Canadian writer, and one for a distinguished writer of international stature.

Since its inception in 1993, the Program has brought to Calgary two Nobel Laureates, Derek Walcott and Wole Soyinka, and such literary luminaries as Oliver Sacks, Timothy Findley, Thomas King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alberto Manguel, Margaret MacMillan, Michael Ondaatje, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and illustrator Art Spiegelman, among others.

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
February 5, 2015 | 7:00 pm

Distinguished Visiting Writer Evelyn Lau shares her life story, from running away at 14 and spending years on the streets of Vancouver to publishing eleven books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Date & Time:
February 6, 2015 | 6:30 pm

Distinguished Visiting Writer Evelyn Lau is interviewed about having her book turned into a film after The Diary of Evelyn Lau is screened.

Date & Time:
February 7, 2015 | 7:00 pm

Distinguished Visiting Writer Evelyn Lau reads from Living Under Plastic, A Grain of Rice, and her forthcoming poetry collection.