Real-world advice from someone who has been there—that’s what every fledgling writer needs.

Since its inception in 1992, the writer-in-residence program has featured poets, novelists, essayists, playwrights and screenwriters. These writers share professional insight, wisdom and encouragement with people interested in writing as a hobby or a profession.

The writer in residence is available for discussion, consultation or editorial comment. Appointments are free and open to everyone—new and seasoned writers, members of the MacEwan community and the general public.

Naomi K. Lewis, our next writer in residence, is a novelist and Governor General's Award-nominated memoirist. She begins her residency on January 31, 2022. She will be available to meet in person and virtually.  

Past writers in residence

Our writer-in-residence program has hosted many distinguished novelists, poets, literary non-fiction writers, screenwriters and playwrights since its inception in 1992.

  • Darrin Hagen – 2020
  • Anna Sewell – 2019
  • Jaspreet Singh – 2018
  • Deborah Willis – 2017
  • Marina Endicott – 2016
  • Peter Norman – 2015
  • Dr. Susan Minsos – 2014
  • Richard Van Camp – 2013
  • Pierrette Requier – 2012
  • Lynn Coady – 2011
  • Don Trembath – 2010
  • Debby Waldman – 2009
  • Dan Vyleta – 2008
  • Tim Bowling – 2007
  • Jacqueline Baker – 2006
  • Marilyn Dumont – 2005
  • E.D. Blodgett – 2004
  • Nigel Darbasie – 2003
  • Curtis Gillespie – 2002
  • Scot Morison – 2001
  • Sally Ito – 2000
  • Thomas Wharton – 1999
  • Alice Major – 1998
  • Caterina Edwards – 1996
  • Fred Stenson – 1995
  • Cora Taylor – 1994
  • Mary W. Walters – 1993
  • Gloria Sawai – 1992