Over 30 Years of Inspiring Writers

The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society

Founded by Michael Fay in September 1981, the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society has been serving the Calgary literary community for over thirty years, helping aspiring writers learn the skills they need to grow and evolve.

A place for all writers

The society serves a dedicated membership, welcomes new students each year and hosts many of Calgary’s top writing instructors. Today, the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society is as strong as ever, proudly offering a range of services, including:

  • Manuscript Critique Services
  • Courses & Weekend Intensives
  • Workshops & Seminars
  • Free Fall Writing Sessions
  • Discussion Groups & More

The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society is a federally registered charity (No. 11921 1852 RR0001).

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.