The Writer-in-Residence Program brings authors of national and international standing to Mount Royal University to work with and mentor students. For the last decade the program has provided "an opportunity for authors, students and faculty to meet, exchange ideas and increase awareness of scholarly and artistic endeavors.... The goal of the program is to allow students, faculty and the greater community access to distinguished and unique voices in the Canadian literary landscape in a personal and professional way that encourages new ideas" (Cope).

Visiting writers hold office hours and meet with student writers. They also visit classes, give public readings/multi-media presentations, and host debates and discussions with other writers. The Department of English, Languages, and Cultures' Writer-in-Residence program forges links between the academic and the creative communities within Calgary and across the country. This gives our students direct contact with their role models and inspires them in all aspects of writing and the study of literature.

Writer-in-Residence 2020/21

Credit: Charles-Moriarty

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
March 8–12, 2021

Morgan is an Olivier Award-winning Playwright and Screenwriter. 

She was commissioned by The Globe to write Emilia which became a sell-out in summer 2018 and transferred to the West End at the Vaudeville theatre in 2019. It has been optioned as a film and she is in development on this currently. It won three Olivier Awards in 2020 for Sound Design, Costume Design and the Noel Coward Award for Best New Comedy or Entertainment.

Previous theatre includes Belongings and The Wasp. She has co-written four pantomimes for The Lyric Hammersmith and various site-specific one-on-one shows for Look Left Look Right. She has also written several Christmas, Community and Family shows. 

Current theatre commissions with Headlong, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Court and Clean Break. 

She was due to have two plays produced in 2020 and one for 2021 before Covid hit. Typical Girls for Clean Break, Sheffield and Soho Theatre and also Mum for Francesca Moody Productions, The Traverse, Plymouth Drum and Soho Theatre. Her play When The Long Trick’s Over was due to go on tour with High Tide Theatre in 2021. They will hopefully be produced once things settle again.

She is working with Lucky Chap, Fremantle and Dog Rose Productions, Gaumont and Moonage. She is also adapting her play The Wasp into a screenplay for Paradise City Films. She is represented by David Higham Associates and WME.

Photo credit: Charles Moriarty

Past visiting writers