To inspire and mentor a passion for writing

Mission – We support local creative writing through learning and shared experience.

Mandate – The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society aims to bring writers together. We provide a relaxed, friendly and encouraging environment where writers of all ages and abilities feel safe learning the craft and sharing the difficulties of the writing experience.

 The AWCS supports developing writers through a variety of offerings:

  •  Networking opportunities
  •  Manuscript Critique Services
  •  Courses and Weekend Intensives
  •  Workshops & Seminars
  •  Free Fall Writing Sessions
  •  Writer in Residence
  •  Discussion Groups
  •  Performance opportunities
  •  Mentorship
  •  Member appreciation events
  •  Sponsorships, partnerships and collaboration

 The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society is a fiscally responsible charity committed to building a community for emerging writers.  

History of the AWCS

AWCS is a not–for–profit organization incorporated September 22, 1981. We are also a registered charity.

In the late seventies, Michael Fay rented an office in the Alexandra Centre where he gave lessons in creative writing. By 1981, he had gathered together a small group who wanted to form a writer’s society and it was through their efforts that The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society was born.

Now after more than 30 years serving the Calgary literary community, the centre is flourishing and there is an increasing demand for our services – done mostly by volunteers.

AWCS uses the “free fall” method of creative writing as the basis for all instruction. The free fall method of writing was first introduced by W.O Mitchell, and further refined by Michael Fay when he set up his own creative writing courses.

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What is Free Fall Writing?

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The Alexandra Writers’ Centre uses the “free fall” method of creative writing. First introduced by W.O Mitchell, and further refined by AWCS founder, Michael Fay, free fall writing is the basis for all instruction at the AWCS. This method of writing encourages writers to write without editing as they go, ignoring the editorial instinct to edit at the same time.

W.O. Mitchell’s free fall method encourages the writer to switch off their inner editor and write as the thoughts come into their minds, relying on sensory information and memories. The writer may edit after the piece is complete, but during the process, it is essential that the writer does not revise his or her work.