AWCS Youth Programs


Looking for clubs, classes, homework help, camps, classroom visits, homeschool classes, or fun social activities with other youth writers? Well you’ve come to the right place. 


AWCS YOUTH MEMBERSHIP – $50.00 annually

Become a AWCS Youth Member today! Not only does your membership last a full year from the time you get it, but membership includes discounts on all our classes, clubs, camps, homework help, and more! As a bonus, membership includes five special, members only, events held throughout the year, and a (virtual) Frozen Frog Wand – which allows members to bring a friend to any club or members only event for free up to three times (after which the frog thaws and hops away).

Drop In Fees – Not ready to commit? Have a crazy schedule? Want to check out a club or class? Drop in to a session and see what you think. Members $10.00, Non-members $15.00. (Exact change only please).


COOL CLUBS –  Whether you want to join one club or bounce through them all using your club pass, our clubs will open up the world of writing to you. Fees include a full year of club participation from the time you sign up. Jump in at any point of the year to start your journey.

Club Pass – Go to all the clubs and save $100! Club passes are available for $175.00 for Youth Members or $230.00 for Non-members. The pass lasts a full year from the time you get it.

Reality Is Optional Writing Club (RIO) – Need a place that understands you? Come and join the us. Youth led, adult mentored. Guest speakers, writing games, art, improv, friends and creativity. Play with your words — all you need is a notebook and pen. RIO meets on the second and forth Monday of the month from 5:00 – 6:30. (Occasionally rescheduled due to holidays). All Ages. Sept-June. (Members $75.00, Non-Members $100.00, free with Club Pass).

Novelmancers Novel Writing Club – Heading out on a long project can be hard, but it’s made easier with friends. If you’re serious about writing and want to get that novel done, join us and lighten the load. We explore all aspects of novel writing from character to climax and everything in between. Novelmancers meet the second Thursday of every month. 5:00-6:30. All Ages. Sept-June. (Members $50.00, Non-Members $65.00, free with Club Pass).

Rogue Poets Poetry Club – Explore what poetry can be, then take it past those limits. Join Em Williamson, on a journey to the outer edges of poetry. Rogue Poets regularly have the opportunity to perform on stage as a group or individually (optional). The Rogue Poets meet the third Tuesday of every month from 5:00 – 6:30. Grades 7-12. Sept-June. (Members $75.00, Non-Members $100.00, free with Club Pass).

Dungeons & Dragons Role Playing Game Club – Enjoy fantasy? Want to live it? Then join us for this epic and wildly creative game called Dungeons and Dragons. Battle monsters, solve puzzles, find treasure and learn to work in a team while telling and experiencing your story together. D&D club meets on the last Saturday every month from 6:00 – 9:00 PM (Occasionally rescheduled). Grades 5-12. Sept-May. (Members $75.00, Non-Members $100.00, free with Club Pass).


CLASSES – Have a need for more formal education in your chosen field? We have a class just for you! The class fees include a full year of classes from the time you sign up. Join in anytime.

July 13, Friday – You’ve Created a Monster: The Bestial Heart of Storytelling that Thrills and Chills – From Vader to Voldemort, the villains in most fantasy, science fiction and horror stories are nothing less than monsters. Whether they appear as unremarkable humans or as unrecognizable abominations, monsters are crucial to such stories, captivating and terrifying readers in equal measure. But just how do authors create monsters that are both thrilling and chilling? That’s what you’ll learn in this informative, hands-on course. For a fun-filled Friday the 13th, follow in Dr. Frankenstein’s footsteps and form a frightening and formidable fiend to further your fiction!

This course blends teacher presentation (a slideshow that incorporates textual exemplars, music, and video) with in-class activities, brain-breaks and -teasers, and ample individual feedback. As free wi-fi is available, students are encouraged, though not required, to bring a device (tablet or laptop) to facilitate their creative writing.

Jeff Richmond began writing fantasy/horror stories at the age of 10, became a professional writer at 23, and has worked two decades with major publishing, gaming, and film production companies. Dividing his time between Canada, Italy, Spain, and Japan, he writes fiction, nonfiction, and scripts for the stage and screen.
$30.00 for AWCS youth members, $40.00 for non-members, Junior high and high school aged youth, 6-8 pm. REGISTER


Pen & Panel Comic Creation Class – Play drawing games, improve your art style, learn to make comics both online and on paper, and pitch ideas, plus lots more! Hang out with like-minded artists and comic writers. Work on individual projects or collaborate. Focus on topics that will help you expand your skill set. Pen & Panel classes are on the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:00 – 6:30. Ages 12 and up. (Members $175.00, Non-Members $230.00).


HOMEWORK HELP – Want to impress your teachers? Falling behind in Social Studies or English? Our one on one tutoring is perfect for students looking for a boost in essays, book reports, journalism, creative writing, poetry, or anything writing related. Tutoring sessions run in one hour, four class, blocks and are available weekdays after school and Saturdays ($135 for youth members, $165 for non-members). Days and times are dependent on instructor availability, contact Kim Firmston to book your session:


MEMBERS ONLY EVENTS – Created by the youth themselves these fun Saturday nights may include anything from a party, movie night, board games, or something else. Become a member and find out what we have in store!


AWCS YOUTH IN THE COMMUNITY – A couple of times a year our youth are encouraged to join larger projects where we partner with other creative community groups. In the past we have worked with Rocket House on the International Children’s Festival, Ramsay Robots on BeakerHead, and Calgary Reads for Reading Week, among others. It’s a great way to get some cool stuff on your resume! Contact Kim Firmston to find out what we have in store and how to get involved.


WANT TO SEE OUR SCHEDULE? For a complete schedule of AWCS Youth Programs, fun games created by our members, writing resources for youth, and our electronic magazine (E-Zine)  visit the AWCS Youth Programs website.


STILL HAVE QUESTIONS, Need a subsidy? Please contact Youth Program Director, Kim Firmston. She would be happy to help.