Arts & Culture

Author in Residence

Connecting readers and writers.

The Author in Residence program has been offered at the Library for over 30 years. Through this program, we have hosted many exceptional authors who continue to contribute to Calgary's strong literary community.

During their residency, these authors champion the joy of reading and help patrons appreciate the craft of writing. They deliver programs and review manuscripts, providing advice to both beginner and established writers.

The Author in Residence is available from September to November.

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Meet Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes is a Calgary-based author and speech-language pathologist. She studied English and creative writing at Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University), University of Victoria, University of Calgary, the Banff Centre Wired Writing Studio, and Booming Ground (UBC)

Elizabeth‚Äôs writing has appeared in magazines and anthologies, most recently You Look Good for Your Age. Her short fiction collection, Speak Mandarin, Not Dialect was an Alberta Book Award finalist. Her first novel, The Errant Husband, was published in 2021 and her latest book, Food for the Journey: A life in travel, is forthcoming from Thistledown Press. 

Book a one-on-one consultation 

The Author in Residence is pleased to consult with emerging and established writers of all ages to discuss writing techniques, publishing, and promotion, or whatever aspect of writing would be most helpful.  

Book your one-on-one consultation

If you have a manuscript you would like her to review, please send up to 10 pages, double-spaced, in .doc or .docx format, in advance of your appointment to

Programs with the Author in Residence

Attend programs with Elizabeth Haynes during her residency. Join her as she shares insights into her creative process, provides feedback for aspiring writers, and more.

Register for free programs

Recommended reads from the Author in Residence

Want to gain insight into Elizabeth Haynes's creative process? These titles inspired her artistic practice.

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