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. Instead of our normal venue at our beloved Memorial Park Library, due to current restrictions we will likely continue the Spring 2021 session online, using Zoom.

Members will automatically receive a Zoom meeting link prior to each meeting. If you are not a member and are interested in joining us online, please CONTACT US HERE. You will then receive a link to join a meeting. We welcome guests, whether you may be interested in an individual presentation or to give our Club a try as a prospective member.

As with our regular meetings at the Memorial Park Library, a social time is scheduled from 1:30-2:00 pm, with the formal meeting and presentation beginning promptly at 2:00 pm. When you first click the link to join the meeting, you will be placed in a virtual waiting room until you are admitted. Please be patient as it may take a minute or two. Make sure to be in a comfortable chair across from your computer, preferably with a beverage and snack at hand.

Annual Program

This Spring, we launch our exciting program, Writers of Australia and New Zealand.

OUR CURRENT LINEUP IS HERE!

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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