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March, 2014: Alberto Manguel, 2013-14 Distinguished Visiting Writer, will give a talk at the Calgary Public Library about what it means to be a reader and how he came to be a writer on March 27, 2014. (more)

February, 2014: Neil Gaiman, 2013-14 Distinguished Visiting Writer, visited the University of Calgary. Free tickets for this event were claimed in 60 seconds, and the evening was live streamed on this website and live tweeted using the hashtag #gaimanyyc. Peruse photos of the event here(more)

August, 2013: The CDWP turns 20! Help celebrate by attending Hello/Goodbye on September 13 and picking up Celebrating 20 Years of the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program, a chapbook including work from 11 former Distinguished Visiting Writers and Writers-in-Residence. (more)

July, 2013: Sara Tilley is the 2013-2014 Canadian Writer-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

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Continue your workshop with Writer-in-Residence Sara Tilley, exploring neutral mask as a beginning place from which to approach any new character or project.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Learn how to deliver a stand-out reading of your own writing with Writer-in-Residence Sara Tilley at the Writers’ Guild of Alberta 2014 Conference.