W.O. Mitchell exhibit at UCalgary

Department of English

Why study English?

English is for students who want more than textbook learning. It develops speech and writing, and rewards curiosity and healthy skepticism.

English courses improve critical thinking and teach thoughtful and effective reading and writing. These skills are an excellent foundation for civic and business life. You will discover unfamiliar worlds and exciting new ways of thinking. Challenge yourself through discussion, debate, and stimulating readings and assignments.

Marlon James for Calgary Distinguished Writers Program

Calgary Distinguished Writers Program

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program strives to advance the careers of Canadian writers. As a part of the Calgary writing community, it engages the community with the Faculty of Arts and the Department of English.

The current Canadian Writer-in-Residence is Leah Horlick.

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News and announcements


New Spring Course in the Book Arts Lab

Looking for a course in which you can print a broadside, carve block illustrations, stab-stitch a pamphlet, and work on a project to cultivate flax in the campus garden for paper-making? ENGL 523 -- t...

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The intensively researched origins of The Sleeping Car Porter

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Killam award winner identifies connections between the haunted house and the sick body

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Block Week course explores centuries-old lost art of hand-press bookmaking

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In the media


In the News: Jason Wiens, English, in Player FM

Should students be allowed to us AI to write papers?

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In the News: Vivek Shraya, English, in The Walrus

Vivek Shraya Proves Kids’ Books Can Help Us Explore Messy Truths

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In the News: Suzette Mayr, English, in Winnipeg Free Press

Giller winner Mayr hosting virtual workshop

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In the News: Suzette Mayr, English, in CTV News

Calgarian Suzette Mayr wins $100K Scotiabank Giller Prize for 'The Sleeping Car Porter'

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