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Submitted by admin on Tue, 11/06/2012 - 7:49am

Consultations now open

Manuscript and creative consultations are now open!

Denise Chong, our 2017-2018 Writer-in-Residence, is accepting appointments to meet with writers at any stage in their work to comment on nonfiction and fiction pieces and excerpts of up to 10 double-spaced pages, and to have more general discussions about projects and process.

For more information, click here.



Date & Time:
January 31, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Five short talks by Dr. Don Smith, Vicky Bouvier, Denise Chong, Clare Hickie, and Dr. Leslie Reid. Part of Diversity Days 2018: The Next 150 Years.

Date & Time:
February 9, 2018 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing Larissa Lai, University of Calgary Instructor Christian Olbey, and Olds College Instructor Bertrand Bickersteth for a discussion of Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings. More details to be announced soon.

Date & Time:
February 28, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program is thrilled to announce Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James as this year's Distinguished Visiting Writer.

Calgary Distinguished Writers Program welcomes Denise Chong

Denise ChongDenise Chong, award-winning writer of The Concubine’s Children – a best selling memoir of three generations of her family, set between China and Canada – is the University of Calgary’s 2017-2018 Writer-Residence with the long-running Calgary Distinguished Writers Program (CDWP).
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The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program welcomes Denise Chong as 2017-2018 Canadian Writer-in-Residence


September 2, 2017
Denise Chong to revisit roots as University of Calgary Distinguished Writer 
Calgary Herald

July 21, 2017
Calgary Distinguished Writers Program welcomes Denise Chong
Acclaimed writer of ground-breaking social histories is 2017-2018 Writer-in-Residence

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 Zadie Smith, Neil Gaiman, 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.