AWCS Youth Programs


Fostering creativity, community, and youth leadership in an accepting environment.

Youth Membership: The AWCS encourages youth writers to express themselves. If you are under 18, you can get all the benefits of a regular membership at a reduced rate and enjoy our clubs, classes, one on one tutoring, and social events at a discount.

Included with the youth membership: Reality Is Optional Writing Club, Rogue Poets Poetry Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, and Random Movie Night. Bonus: Members also get one Frozen Frog Wand – a virtual wand made of frozen frogs which gives the user the ability to bring a friend up to three times, to any club meeting, for free (after which the frogs thaw and hop away).

To register in one of our programs or clubs or to purchase a youth membership, see our registration page.

For a complete schedule of AWCS Youth Programs, fun games, youth writing in our monthly E-Zine, or handy youth writing information –  see the Reality is Optional website.

AWCS YOUTH MEMBERSHIP – $40.00 annually

The Alexandra Writers’ Centre’s youth clubs and programs are designed to build the Calgary youth writing community, encourage communication and creative thinking, and create a home for young writers to explore and share their craft, gain leadership skills, and have fun with others who love words as much as they do.


The Youth Membership includes the following clubs:

Reality is Optional (RIO) Kids’ Writing Club – Kim Firmston

Rio Kids' Writing Club

Learn to be a better writer through fun and engaging activities. Engage in a variety of writing games in all genres and styles. Try fantasy writing, ninja poetry, survive the apocalypse, build better and more interesting characters, and more! Make friends with other youth writers with the same interests as you. Fun, Frantic, Extraordinary!

  • All Ages
  • Runs September through June
  • Second and fourth Monday of the month
  • 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Rogue Poets – Em Williamson and John Williamson

This isn’t your English teacher’s poetry club! We feature both rhyming and non-rhyming poetry, rants, monologues, comedy, dialogue, and group poems. We’re taking poetry to the dark edges to see w hat it can do. If you’ve never poemed before, this is a great place to get started. Opportunities to join our Slam Poetry Team and compete at the Can You Hear Me Now? Provincial Poetry Slam as well as perform at other open mics and events.

  • Ages 12 and up
  • Runs September to May
  • Third Tuesday of each month
  • 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Dungeons and Dragons – Kim Firmston, Adam Hildebrandt, Brett Morrison

D&D has been credited by many writers, game creators, and movie directors as their initial education in story creation and inspiration for their future careers. Create a fantasy character and journey through a medieval story with other youth writers while making decisions, working together to solve problems, battling monsters, and solving puzzles. This is a great way to put yourself inside the story arc and view the journey from the point of view of your main character.

  • All Ages
  • Runs September to May
  • Last Saturday of each month
  • 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Random Movie Night – Kim Firmston

Watch movies as decided by the group. Enjoy other writers’ company while picking apart movies and discovering things which others might have missed. Laughs, company, and entertainment in a dark room.

  • All Ages
  • Runs October to June
  • First Saturday of each month
  • 6:00 – 8:00 PM


Other Youth Clubs


Pen & Panel Comic Creation Club – Sebastien Ringuette and Em Williamson

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.

  • Ages 12 and up
  • Runs September to June
  • First and third Thursday of each month
  • 5:00 – 6:30 PM
  • Member Price: $75
  • Non-Member Price: $95

Media Club – Kim Firmston

Want to play with both writing and technology? This new club will involve both. We’ll try movie making, pod casting, music video creation, stop motion animation, and much more. Short projects just for fun. Let’s see what we can make!

  • All Ages
  • Runs September to May
  • First Monday of each month
  • 5:00 – 6:30 PM
  • Member Price: $40
  • Non-Member Price: $50

Novelmancers Novel Writing Club – Kim Firmston

Join others hard core youth writers on the epic journey through large and lengthy project. Projects can include Novels, Graphic Novels, Long Non-Fiction projects, and Poetry Collections. Each meeting will include a discussion/education topic, and the ability to have your writing critiqued by the instructors and the group. Take part in NaNoWriMo. Join our write-ins and write a novel in a month! Prizes included!

  • All ages
  • Runs September to June
  • Second Thursday of each month
  • 5:00 – 6:30 PM
  • Member Price: $40
  • Non-Member Price: $50

Other Great things!


Whether you want to improve your essays or work on your creative writing, our after-school and Saturday, one on one, tutoring help is designed specifically for you. Contact us for more information and to allow us to build the program to best serve your needs. All grade levels welcome.


Have you aged out of the youth program? Not quite ready to deal with being an adult? This is a group for anyone ages 18-25, enjoy this chance to enjoy writing in a group of your peers. Forget about adult stuff and write for two hours on the second Saturday of each month – September to June, 6 PM – 8 PM. Free for members or drop in for $5.00. No registration required.


Poetry, prose, or theatre. Share what you’ve learned or what you’ve been working on. Join us to watch or participate.

  • Three times a year
  • All ages and open to the public

Contact US

For more information on any of these programs, please contact Youth Program Director, Kim Firmston, at