Calgary Public Library is very pleased to present our 2013 Writer in Residence, Barb Howard.  Join us in welcoming Barb to her residency at the public launch, Thursday, September 5th, and hear about the programs she's offering at the Library this fall. Writers can submit manuscripts and meet with Barb in individual consultations during her residency, which runs from September 1 to November 30, 2013.

Memorial Park Library flowersAbout the Writer in Residence Program

Calgary Public Library, with financial assistance from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, has offered the Writer in Residence program for over 25 years. 

The Writer in Residence acts a mentor to writers in the community, reviewing manuscripts and providing constructive criticism and advice during individual consultations.  S/he offers encouragement and a critical eye to beginning writers who are seeking to find their own literary voice as well as to those more established writers who desire a professional appraisal of their work.

Calgary Public Library’s writer in residence program has been developed to:

  • make free professional advice on writing accessible to local writers
  • increase public awareness of the writing and publishing process
  • enhance partnerships and foster contacts within the writing community 
  • support the writing of the current Writer in Residence

The program is based at Memorial Park Library, which is centrally located and easily accessible. This restored Carnegie library is an inspiring setting that enriches the consultations and programs offered by our guest author.  The program is usually offered in the fall. 

Individual consultations

Consultations are available by appointment only.  You must have a current Calgary Public Library membership in order to participate in this program. If you'd like to submit a manuscript for review, please read our guidelines for more information.