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October, 2015: Zadie Smith is the 2015-2016 Distinguished Visiting Writer. Free tickets for her February 11, 2016 reading will become available at noon on October 21, 2015, URL to come. (more)


July, 2015: Nick Thran is the 2015-2016 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:
October 7, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring one page of your writing and sign up for the best 10-minute one-on-one consultation you've ever had.

Date & Time:
October 15, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Nick Thran, along with 8 other poets, use the stage as the page, cabaret-style, and push the limits of the spoken and written word.

Date & Time:
February 11, 2016 | 7:30 pm

The CDWP presents An Evening With Zadie Smith, 2015-16 Distinguished Visiting Writer, at MacEwan Hall.