About Us

The Calgary Women’s Literary Club had its first meeting on February 9, 1906 and is still active as a meeting place for women with a love of literature.

Here’s the succinct first Minutes entry 1906

When and Where

We meet Tuesday afternoons in October and November, and again in March and April at Central Memorial Library. If you are not a member and are interested in joining us, please CONTACT US HERE.

We welcome guests, whether you may be interested in an individual presentation or to give our Club a try as a prospective member. Our meetings start at 1:30 pm with a brief social gathering, followed by the regular meeting and presentation.

Masks are optional but recommended.

Annual Program

Most of our meetings revolve around a 30-35 minute presentation by a club member on an author’s works, representing the year’s literary theme, and followed by discussion. Themes over the years have included Calgary writers, Nobel Prize winners, mystery writers, the role of humour, irony and satire… to name a few. The presenter emphasizes the literary aspects of an author’s work, the author’s life and times, and some readings from the body of work. Occasionally we have guest speakers, many of whom are authors themselves.

A Journalist’s View: We have two.

Most recently, we were featured in the Alberta Writers’ Guild publication, which is shared with their kind permission.

Westword: Oct-Dec 2019

Another article, which still describes us very well, is posted with permission from The Calgary Herald.

Swerve Article Feb 14 2014

Members and Prospective Members

We encourage all of our active members and anyone who is contemplating joining the Calgary Women’s Literary Club (and we hope you are legion), to read our Principles and Guidelines.

CWLC Principles and Guidelines

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