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Apply to be the 2019-2020 Canadian Writer-in-Residence

Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 Canadian Writer-in-Residence.

Convince us that you're the best writer for the job by Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information and to apply, click here.


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.

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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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Apply to be the 2019-2020 Canadian Writer-in-Residence

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.