Author in Residence FAQs

Do I have to be a published writer to get feedback from the Author in Residence?

No, in fact the program is designed to assist emerging writers and budding story-tellers, as well as the published writer.

Do I have to submit manuscript material to meet with you?

No, the Author in Residence is pleased to meet with anyone who has questions about writing, reading, publishing and the life of an author. S/he serves as a connection to the literary world!

What kind of feedback will you provide?

Whatever is most useful to you! Would you like to discuss plot or character development; how to write dialogue, get published or make your sentences sing? The Author in Residence is here to assist you.

When should I come to see you?

Office hours are Monday (10:00 am to 4:00 pm), Wednesday (2:30 pm to 8:00 pm), and Saturday (10:00 am to 4:00 pm). It is best to book an appointment in advance by calling 403.260.2713 or emailing:

How do I submit writing to you?

Manuscripts can be emailed or submitted in paper form. Submissions can be up to ten pages in length, and should be single-sided, double-spaced in 12 point type or larger. For electronic files, please use .doc or .pdf.

Manuscripts are only accepted during an active Author in Residence term, and can be submitted as of August 20, 2018. Manuscripts can be emailed to

Print manuscripts can be dropped off in-person at Central Library, fourth floor, or mailed to:

Author in Residence
Central Library,

800 3 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 2E7

Please include your full name, email, telephone number, and Library card number.