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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.

Meet Ali Bryan

2021 Author in Residence

Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative non-fiction writer who explores the what-ifs, the what-the-hecks, and the wait-a-minutes of every day. Her first novel, Roost, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia. Her second novel, The Figgs, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and has been optioned for TV by Sony Pictures. Her debut YA novel, The Hill, was released in March 2021, was longlisted for the 2021 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize and was a contender for Airdrie Reads.

She’s longlisted for the CBC Canada Writes Creative Nonfiction prize, shortlisted for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award, and won the 2020 Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story. She is a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Emerging Artist recipient.

She lives in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, where she has a wrestling room in her garage and regularly loses to her family. 

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Book a virtual 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 Ali, please use our booking calendar. If you have a manuscript you would like Ali to review, please send up to 10 pages, double-spaced, in .doc or .docx format, in advance of your appointment to author@calgarylibrary.ca.

Online programs with the Author in Residence

Attend online programs with Ali Bryan during her residency. Join her as she discusses the exploration of the creative process, ways to brand yourself as an author, how to survive modern publishing, getting started on your next novel, and more.

Register for free programs

Recommended reads from the Author in Residence

Read these suggested titles to gain insight into Ali Bryan's creative process, inspiration for her writing style, and how you can grow your own writing practice.

See the list