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October, 2015: Zadie Smith is the 2015-2016 Distinguished Visiting Writer. Win one of 4 pairs of tickets for her sold-out February 11, 2016 event at the February 4 and February 8 pre-events, or tweet a selfie. (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:
February 8, 2016 | 7:00 pm

Dr. Pamela McCallum gives a talk on Zadie Smith’s novella “The Embassy of Cambodia.” Attend this event for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to the February 11 event at MacEwan Hall.

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

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