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Just Write Sessions

Just Write – September 17 – Daytime

Wednesday, September 17, 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 – September 17 – Evening

Wednesday, September 17, 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 1 – Daytime

Wednesday, October 1, 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: October 1 – Evening

Wednesday, October 1, 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 – Daytime

Wednesday, October 15, 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 – 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

Youth Programs

Reality Is Optional (RIO) Word Adventure Camp

Kim Firmston
August 25-29, 2014
9am-4pm
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $145

Spend a week PLAYING with WORDS. Have ADVENTURES in the city. Make ART, get WET, and FILM commercials and movies. CREATE a camp the way YOU want it. Fun times guaranteed.

Ages: 9-14 years

About Kim Firmston www.kimfirmston.com

RIO Kids Writing Club http://realityisoptional.weebly.com/

A Novel Approach - Year-Long Course

A Novel Approach Registration

(Accepted Students Only)
Member Price: $600
Non-member Price: $660

Acceptance into A Novel Approach is by application only. If you have submitted an application and received a letter of acceptance, you may pay your registration fee online now.

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

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.

 

Sizzling Summer Writing

Just Write – August 27

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
6-9pm
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

Get out of the heat of summer and into the coolness of AWCS for 3 hours of straight writing time. Work on anything you want. Enjoy uninterrupted writing time with other writers.

Pre-registration required.

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.

Weekly Courses (8 Weeks)

Introduction to Creative Writing (Full-Waitlist Only)

Olyn Ozbick
Wednesdays
7-9pm
September 17
Member Price: $140
Non-member Price: $200

In this eight week course, you will learn about the free fall method of writing and how it can be a useful tool for all writing. Then, using short story as a model, you will be introduced to the basics of character, plot, dialogue and setting through discussion, free fall writing, practical writing exercises and mutual feedback.

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

Olyn Ozbick’s stories are published  in Monkeybicycle, Fourthirtythree (4’33″)Underground Voices print anthology (December 2013), Crack the Spine Print Anthology(Spring 2013), Crack the Spine online, splinterswerve and have been shortlisted in the CBC Literary Prize. Olyn is a fiction editor at splinterswerve and an award-winning, non-fiction editor and a publisher. Olyn’s essays, journalism, reviews and creative non-ficiton have been published in Chatelaine, Harrowsmith, Equinox, Avenue, The Herald, Bloom, Banff Life and other fine places

Game of Thrones Fantasy Writing Course (5 seats available)

Vivian Hansen
Thursdays
7-9pm
September 18, 2014 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $140
Non-member Price: $200

Explore and map out your fantasy novel, studying the narrative strategies of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.  Examine how character development and plot mastery stride together in a novel, how poetics like simile, metaphor, repetition and song can create voice.  How does setting double as a character?  How do religion and spirituality highlight the force of character?  Can you create a new ‘Language’ like Dothraki?  Students should have a fantasy novel in development in order to make full use of this course.

Vivian Hansen www.vivianhansen.ca

Weekly Courses (10 Weeks)

Creative Writing Circle – (FULL – Waitlist Only)

Elaine Morin
Tuesdays
7-9:30pm
September 16
Member Price: $160
Non-member Price: $220

Memoirist? Fantasy novelist? Short story writer? Take your fiction and creative non-fiction to the next level. Become your own best editor, whatever your prose genre! This class is a great next step for writers who’ve taken the novel class, or any intermediate writer with a desire for ongoing editing support. Locate and address trouble spots in your writing whether it’s character, setting, story arc or point of view. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves.

No class November 11

Elaine Morin is a reformed pipeline engineer. Her work has featured in such publications as The Antigonish Review, Prairie Journal and Alberta Views, and has aired on CBC Radio. A past editor at NeWest Press, she co-directs the annual reading event Writing in the Works and is a member of Crabapple Mews Collective, a savvy collaborative alternative for self-publishing authors.

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

Truth, Lies and Historical Fiction (5 Seats Available)

Emily Ursuliak
Tuesdays
7-9:30pm
September 16
Member Price: $160
Non-member Price: $220

Historical fiction can be a somewhat daunting genre. Short of actually building yourself a time machine, how do you know you’ve provided an accurate portrayal of the time period you’re writing about? This ten week course will cover the fundamentals of writing strong fiction, while also helping you face the additional challenges historical writing will fling at you. Students are encourages to come to class with a project they have some ideas about, or perhaps have already started on, but this is not absolutely necessary. Students will engage in individual writing exercises, group discussions, and workshop each other’s work.

Visit www.emilyursuliak.com for more information about the instructor.

Note: Non-member rate includes a one year membership.

Short Story (FULL- Waitlist Only)

Robin van Eck
Thursdays
7-9:30pm
September 18 (10 weeks)
Member Price: $160
Non-member Price: $220

What makes a short story successful? Intact story world, compelling characters, an inciting event or events, rising tension, climax and resolution. These are just some of the short story elements we will examine through handouts, discussion and writing exercises. Expect to complete at least two short stories over the duration of the class and have your stories workshopped.

 Non-member rate includes a one year membership.

Visit www.robinzvaneck.com for more information about the instructor.

A Novel Idea: Fall (Full-Waitlist Only)

Susan Forest
Mondays
7-9:30pm
September 15 (10 weeks)
Member Price: $160
Non-member Price: $220

Are you working on a novel-length manuscript or have an idea for one? Learn the steps involved in writing a novel, such as choosing point of view, setting up a structure, planning out the plot and characterization. Learn and discuss the foundations involved in writing quality novel-length fiction. Students will submit portions of their novel and receive critical feedback from the instructor and other students.  

Susan Forest www.susanforest.speculative-fiction.ca/ 

Please note:

Non-member rate includes a one-year AWCS membership.

There will be no classes on October 13 or November 10. Course will be extended 2 weeks to accommodate missed classes.

This course is a pre-requisite for A Novel Approach, the year-long novel course

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.

Craft or Catharsis

Naomi Lewis
October 4, 2014
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

Craft or Catharsis speaks to the vital distinction between writing out trauma or crisis for the sake of healing, and writing about these experiences for an audience. I suggest how to tell the difference, stressing that both are important and valid, and prompt each participant to evaluate his or her emotional distance from the event or circumstance in question. 

Naomi Lewis

Finding Your Muse

Ellen Kelly
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

Join us for a creative boost – a day filled with writing games and exercises, sharing and friendly discussion. This workshop is geared to beginners as well as to those looking for inspiration/motivation to get those creative juices flowing. Discussion is determined by the interests of the participants. Please bring your lunch.

*Non member rate includes a one year AWCS membership.

To Write Monologues or Not to Write…

Caroline Russell-King
October 4, 2014
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

Learn how to master the art of writing dramatic and comedic monologue. Whether your dream is to perform, do stand up, audition or round out your playwriting skills this class is for you. Find out how dramatic monologues and soliloquies differ from prose and story telling. Learn about the tricks and secrets of the trade. This class is also for those interested in writing one person shows.

Caroline Russell-King Website

Non-member rate includes a one year membership.

Weekend Writing Intensives

Finding Your Voice (1 Seat Available)

Naomi Lewis
September 20 & 21, 2014
10-4:30pm
Member Price: $140
Non-member Price: $200

The first step for any writer in any genre is to find her or his unique, honest voice. For many beginning writers, that voice is buried beneath self-doubt, stultifying habits picked up from a lifetime of grammar teachers, and a tendency to imitate admired authors. Finding Your Voice explores the apprehensions and assumptions that bog down style. Participants practice techniques to recognize and navigate around the most prevalent obstacles to authenticity. 

Naomi Lewis : www.naomiklewis.com

Note: Non member rate includes a one year membership.

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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