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Date & Time:
September 14, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program is 25 years old! Join us as we begin our celebrations by welcoming 2018–19 Canadian Writer-in-Residence Liz Howard, and saying goodbye to last year's Writer-in-Residence, Denise Chong.

Date & Time:
November 20, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

An evening with our 2018–19 Distinguished Visiting Writer, to be announced in September.

Goodbye Denise, Hello Liz

Liz Howard and Denise Chong

From September through June, Denise met with 70 people for consultations. She also did nearly 100 community outreach events, including guest lectures, book launches, panels, book clubs and much more.

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program is deeply grateful to Denise, and we know the people who saw her speak, read her books, or brought their work and their questions about writing to her are just as grateful.

But don’t worry, Calgary—Denise will be back for Hello/Goodbye on Friday, September 14. 2018–19 is our 25th anniversary, and it all begins with Hello/Goodbye. Join us in thanking Denise and in welcoming Liz Howard, our incoming Writer-in-Residence!

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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.


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September 2, 2017
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