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 Meg Braem

Meg is an Alberta-based playwright and dramaturg whose work has been presented across the country. Her plays have been nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award and won the Alberta Literary Award for Drama and the Alberta Playwriting Competition. 

Most recently, Meg premiered Chrysothemis at the University of Alberta and her play The Josephine Knot was published by Playwrights Canada Press. Meg is co-author of Amplify: Graphic Narratives of Feminist Resistance (University of Toronto Press, 2019) with Norah Bowman and illustrated by Dominique Hui.

Meg is a past Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta and Canadian Writer-in-Residence as part of the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program at the University of Calgary. Her play Flight Risk will be published in the Brave and Brilliant series at the University of Calgary 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.  

To book a one-hour, free consultation with Meg, please use our booking calendar. 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 author@calgarylibrary.ca.

Programs with the Author in Residence

Attend online programs with Meg Braem during her residency. Join her as she shares insights into her creative process, gives tips for aspiring writers, and more.

Register for free programs

Recommended reads from the 2022 Author in Residence

Want to gain insight into Meg Braem's creative process? These titles inspire her writing and have helped her grow her writing practice.