Writer-in-Residence Program

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.


Jan Derbyshire

Jan Derbyshire
January 27–31, 2020

Jan (JD) Derbyshire is an established multi-disciplinary artist. She specializes in the design of playful and participatory experiences in theatre, movement, comedy, media and events that push forward ideas of diversity, belonging, civic engagement, perception change and practical applications of theory. She has recently co-created participatory projects with The Banff Centre for the Arts, Conference Board of America, New World Theatre, The Vancouver International Children’s Festival, The Republic of Inclusion, National Art Centre, Ottawa, The University of Guelph revisiting Disability Project, All in, Frank Theatre and Young People’s Theatre, Toronto. Jan is an award-winning Canadian Playwright and is the co-founder of POD, a Vancouver based citizen designer lab. She has a Masters in Inclusive Design from OCAD University in Toronto (2014) She is currently the Artistic Director of Nervous System Performance based in Vancouver and Inclusive Designer in Residence with Calgary Arts Development. Her latest show, Certified, where the audience becomes a mental health review board will tour this year to Uno Fest, Victoria, FoldA digital arts festival in Kingston, High Performance Rodeo, Calgary and will be part of Vancouver’s Touchstone Theatre’s 2019/20 season.

Past visiting writers