Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
October, 2015: Zadie Smith is the 2015-2016 Distinguished Visiting Writer. We will have a rush line at her Feb 11 talk for those who'd like to attend but who don't have Eventbrite tickets. At 7:20pm we will assess how many empty seats there are in the house and let that number of people in via the rush line. Please be advised that standing in the rush line DOES NOT GUARANTEE that you will be let into the event, so come with modest expectations. (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)
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.