Calgary Public Library 2020 Author-in-Residence

I am honoured and thrilled to be serving as Author-in-Residence at Calgary Public Library this fall! For more information about the program, visit the library’s website here.

Meet Lori Hahnel

2020 Author in Residence

Calgary writer Lori Hahnel is the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero and After You’ve Gone, and two story collections, Nothing Sacred and Vermin: Stories. Her short works have been published in journals in North America, Australia, and the U.K.

Lori has conducted one-on-one manuscript consultations with writers of all ages, backgrounds, and writing interests. In addition to extensive in-classroom teaching experience, she has taught online with Mount Royal University,  Airdrie Public Library, and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. She is the co-founder and participant in the long-running Writing in the Works reading series, and her community volunteer work includes serving on the board of directors of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and Canadian Authors Association, as a workshop leader and jury member for literary awards.  

As a writer who has benefitted from Calgary Public Library’s Author-in-Residence program, Lori considers it a privilege to be able to give back to the Calgary writing community by serving as the Library’s 2020 Author in Residence.  


The Vermin has landed

Look what landed on my doorstep just now! Thanks to Catharina, Mel and Sam at Enfield & Wizenty. They look fabulous!

Vermin Launch Oct. 22 and Reading Oct. 27

I am pleased and excited to announce that the launch of my new collection Vermin: Stories is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 PM on Zoom with Betty Jane Hegerat kindly taking care of hosting duties. Further details will be forthcoming soon.

But if that date doesn’t work for you (or even if it does), the following week, Lee Kvern and I will be talking Vermin and other short story shop talk on Tuesday, October 27th, as part of the WGA Online Reading Series.

I hope to ‘see’ you all at an event this fall!

Structuring the Novel, June 13th

I’m happy to be putting on this webinar for Airdrie Public Library in conjunction with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta:

Saturday, June 13, 2020
1:00 – 2:30 pm, online
Free for WGA members and Airdrie Public Library members; $20 for non-members

Structure is what gives your novel backbone. In this workshop, we’ll discuss ways to figure out what approach to storytelling works best for you. We’ll also talk about methods of story structure such as The Hero’s Journey and the Three Act Structure. Whether you’re working on your first draft or your fourteenth, novel structure is something you need to consider.

For more information or to register, go here.

Vermin and Other Stories

I’ve been sitting on this news for a couple of days, but now that I have a contract in hand I am very pleased to announce that my new collection of short stories, at this point entitled Vermin and Other Stories, will be published by Enfield and Wizenty this fall! I am so looking forward to working with this fine press.


Storied City Opening


I’m excited for tonight’s opening of Storied City: Early Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers at the Lougheed House. I can’t wait to see the show co-curator Shaun Hunter has put together, based on the idea of a literary dinner hosted by Lady Lougheed in 1923. The Calgary Herald ran an interview with Shaun this morning — read it here.

Storied City runs until April 26. Tonight’s opening is, sadly, sold out. But I will be there in an authentic 1920’s dress. Looking forward!

Here’s The Scoop on Airdrie Author Series


I had a great time at Airdrie Public Library last week meeting Airdrie writers, reading, and talking about the writing biz.  Thanks again to Chantal Patton at APL for the invite! And thanks to Phoenix Phillips, who interviewed Chantal and myself for this week’s episode of Here’s The Scoop on Airdrie. You can see it here.

Airdrie Public Library

Looking forward to starting off 2020 with a visit to Airdrie Public Library this Wednesday, January 8. Things will get started at 6:30, and I’ll be reading from my books and leading an open discussion. I understand there will also be refreshments! Come and join us for a fun evening.

A-R International: Lori Hahnel

Thanks to Susan Toy at Island Editions for this write-up!

New Forum Magazine Open for Submissions and Flash Contest Entries



I am happy to be involved with New Forum Magazine as part of the editorial collective. We are now open until Jan. 1, 2020, for submissions from Alberta writers, guidelines here. As well we are running a flash fiction contest for Alberta writers and will be open for entries until Jan. 1, 2020, rules here. So get those submissions and entries in! Looking forward to reading your work.