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October, 2014: Shyam Selvadurai's November 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

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:00pm

Distinguished Visiting Writer Shyam Selvadurai and Writer-in-Residence Ian Williams read embarrassing writing penned in their teens in support of filling Station magazine.

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 7:00pm

Distinguished Visiting Writer Shyam Selvadurai talks about Write to Reconcile, a project that uniquely combines creative writing and reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 7:00pm

Distinguished Visiting Writer Shyam Selvadurai reads from his new novel The Hungry Ghosts and speaks about diasporic writing and the advantages of writing from the hyphen between Sri Lankan and Canadian.