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Just Write Sessions

Just Write – November 5 – Daytime

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
10am-1pm
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $10

Can’t find the time to write at home? Longing for a different venue, with like-minded individuals? Come down to AWCS for 3 hours of open writing time. All you need to bring is your favourite writing medium and a current project to work on. Work at your own pace on your own stuff. Everyone welcome.

Pre-registration required.

Just Write – November 5 – Evening

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
6:30pm-9:30pm
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $10

Can’t find the time to write at home? Longing for a different venue, with like-minded individuals? Come down to AWCS for 3 hours of open writing time. All you need to bring is your favourite writing medium and a current project to work on. Work at your own pace on your own stuff. Everyone welcome.

Pre-registration required.

Just Write – November 19 – Daytime

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
10am-1pm
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $10

Can’t find the time to write at home? Longing for a different venue, with like-minded individuals? Come down to AWCS for 3 hours of open writing time. All you need to bring is your favourite writing medium and a current project to work on. Work at your own pace on your own stuff. Everyone welcome.

Pre-registration required.

Just Write: November 19 – Evening

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
6:30pm-9:30pm
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $10

Can’t find the time to write at home? Longing for a different venue, with like-minded individuals? Come down to AWCS for 3 hours of open writing time. All you need to bring is your favourite writing medium and a current project to work on. Work at your own pace on your own stuff. Everyone welcome.

Pre-registration required.

Just Write – October 15 – Evening

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:30pm-9:30pm
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $10

Can’t find the time to write at home? Longing for a different venue, with like-minded individuals? Come down to AWCS for 3 hours of open writing time. All you need to bring is your favourite writing medium and a current project to work on. Work at your own pace on your own stuff. Everyone welcome.

Pre-registration required.

Manuscript Review Service

Prose Submissions – less than 3500 words

Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $150

Prose Submissions – 3501 – 10000 words

Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $300

Prose Submissions – 10001 – 50000 words

Member Price: $300
Non-member Price: $500

Prose Submissions – 50001 – 80000 words

Member Price: $500
Non-member Price: $750

Prose Submissions – Over 80,000 words

Member Price: $750
Non-member Price: $1000

Poetry Submissions – Up to 10 pages (poems)

Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $100

Poetry Submissions – 11-25 pages (poems)

Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $250

Poetry Submissions – 26-50 pages (poems)

Member Price: $250
Non-member Price: $500

Feature Presentation

An Evening with Anthony Bidulka

Anthony Bidulka
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
7pm
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like A Unicorn: Tales of a Canadian Prairie Mystery Writer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 7pm | Owl’s Nest Books, 815A – 49th Ave SW

Yes. It’s true. We exist. And sometimes even thrive.

This is a story of learning to write and writing to teach.

On Learning to Write: If being a writer has its challenges, being a Canadian prairie writer has more. In the fifteen years since I left a decade-long, hard-won, professional business career to write full time, I’ve come to understand that learning to write and learning how to be a writer goes beyond the technical. It’s about more than learning to create life-like characters out of thin air, dreaming up explosive plot lines, and developing thematic expertise.

On Writing to Teach: Being a mystery/thriller writer, I’ve always believed that what I did was to create work which, hopefully, entertains. But is there more? Can genre writing teach? Impact? Inspire?

About Anthony Bidulka

Following time well-spent and sometimes misspent in the worlds of academia, accounting, footwear, food services and farming, in 1999 Anthony Bidulka, BA, BEd, BComm, CA left a decade long career as a Chartered Accountant to pursue writing. He is now the author of two popular, Canadian-based series.

Bidulka’s Russell Quant mystery series has been nominated for Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards, Saskatchewan Book Awards, a ReLit award, and Lambda Literary Awards. Winning the Lambda Literary Award for Best Men’s Mystery, Bidulka became the first Canadian to win in that category.

Mystery Scene Magazine proclaimed: “Quant makes for a riveting hero…the kind of friend you want to have—unless you’re a killer.”

In 2012, Bidulka began a fast paced thriller series featuring Disaster Recovery Agent Adam Saint. The second book, The Women of Skawa Island, was released June 2014.

Midwest Book Review: Simply stated, ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ is total and undiluted entertainment from first page to last.”

Quill & Quire Magazine: “…genre veteran returns with strong new novel.”

Bidulka has toured extensively and spoken at conferences and literary events throughout Canada and the United States. A great believer in community involvement, he has sat on the boards of Persephone Theatre, The Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild, AIDS Saskatoon, Crime Writers of Canada, the International Association of Crime Writers, and is co-founder of Camp fYrefly-Saskatchewan. Bidulka was inducted onto the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education Wall of Honour in 2011.  

Bidulka lives in Saskatoon and when he isn’t writing he loves to travel the world, collect art, walk his dogs and throw a good party.

The Adam Saint books:

When The Saints Go Marching In (2013)

The Women of Skawa Island (2014) 

The Russell Quant books:

Amuse Bouche (2003), Flight of Aquavit (2004), Tapas on the Ramblas (2005), Stain of the Berry (2006), Sundowner Ubuntu (2007), Aloha, Candy Hearts (2009), Date With a Sheesha (2010), Dos Equis (2012).

Please visit Anthony at www.anthonybidulka.com, Facebook, Twitter (@abidulka), and YouTube.

 

Write In and Potluck Events

Fall Write In and Potluck

Self-Guided
Saturday, November 1, 2014
9am - 9pm
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $25

After the tremendous success of The Long Haul Write In put on by our 2014 Writer in Residence, AWCS has decided to do these events more frequently.

Too many distractions preventing you from writing at home? Come down to AWCS and enjoy up to twelve hours of uninterrupted writing time with other writers. Come all day or just for a few hours. Need a break, take a walk by the river or along 9th Avenue in historic Inglewood.

Coffee, tea and water will be provided throughout the day.

AWCS Members - Bring a potluck item and get free registration. Please note in the comments section of the online registration form that you intend to bring something.

All registrations are non-refundable for this event.

Feature Workshop

Writing Nonfiction with Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray
Saturday, March 14, 2015
10am-4pm
Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $180

Photo Credit: Valberg Imaging

Just because it’s true doesn’t make it interesting: just because it’s interesting doesn’t make it true.

Whether you are working on a personal memoir, a family history or an episode in our collective past, chronology is not enough. But how do you capture the taste, look, smell, feel and sounds of history? How do you stick to the facts when you are fleshing out a story? How do you bring characters alive, and uncover the web of relationships that make non-fiction read like a good novel?

Bestselling authors like Simon Schama, Stacy Schiff, Simon Winchester, David McCulloch and Margaret MacMillan have faced and answered these questions, and shown how non-fiction can be as satisfying and intriguing as fiction. Charlotte Gray will describe how she approaches the challenges and learned her craft. She will take you through exercises to sharpen your writing and observational skills, and will explain how she divides construction of a convincing story into four distinct phases.

March 14, 2015 | 10am to 4pm (lunch provided)

Fort Calgary (Officer’s Mess) 750, 9th Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta

Early Registration Before February 1

AWCS & CNFC Members*: $150 | Non-Members: $180

 After February 1

AWCS & CNFC Members*: $170 | Non-Members: $200

*CNFC Members, please select member button when registering and leave a note in the comments section that you are a CNFC member.

Charlotte Gray is the author of nine best-selling non-fiction books as well as many award-winning magazine articles. Her most recent book, The Massey Murder (2013), was short-listed for several major national awards, including the RBC Taylor Award, and won the CAA Award for Non-fiction. Her 2010 best-seller Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike, was the basis of the US Discovery Channel mini-series Klondike. Charlotte is an adjunct professor at Carleton University, past president of Canada’s National History Society, has five honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada. She lives in Ottawa. Visit her website at www.charlottegray.ca

One Day Workshops

Doctor Your Story

Randy McCharles
October 25, 2014
10am to 4pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

You’ve finished your manuscript and your gut tells you there are some story problems. Or perhaps you’re halfway through and feel you’re running out of runway. How do you get back on track? Your story may have some substantive problems that require a story doctor— someone to find the problems and suggest fixes. But before you seek a specialist, give self-diagnosis a whirl. This workshop takes a look at common story problems and offers solutions, whether you’ve completed the manuscript or not. Students are encouraged to bring short scenes from their manuscript that they feel may be problematic.

Randy McCharles is an award-winning author of speculative and humour fiction with works available from Edge SF&F Publications, Anansi Press, and Reality Skimming Press. In addition to traditional publishing, he has dabbled in self-publishing with a print and eBook novel available from Amazon CreateSpace. His work has appeared on the Bestsellers List in Calgary and Edmonton. As a long time member if the IFWA (Imaginative Fiction Writers Association) critique group, Randy has participated in innumberable writers workshops and is currently editing the Megan Survival anthology from Reality Skimming Press. www.randymccharles.com

NOTE: Non-member rate includes a one year membership to AWCS.

Multi Saturday Workshop

Writing the Seasons

Wilma Rubens
October 18 & 25, 2014
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $140
Non-member Price: $200

Our life patterns journey around in cycles and spirals. We will use the
season’s summer, fall, winter, and spring as inspiration for
self-reflection, to free our inner rhythms, to glean personal insights, to
open up our creativity, claim our unique wisdom and unlock the muse. This
will develop our courage as writers and help us become a more alert and
vital human beings.

Wilma Rubens Website

Please note: Non-member rate includes a one-year AWCS membership

Unless otherwise noted, all events are at the 
Alexandra Writers’ Centre, 922 Ninth Avenue SE.

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