Winter & Spring 2017 

New Address:

@cSpace King Edward, Suite 460, 1721, 29th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 6T7 

Whether you’re a brand new writer or have been writing for years, we have courses and workshops to meet your needs. There are weekly courses (evening and daytime) for the writer who requires structure, support and that needed push, or one day and weekend workshops for those who are unable to commit to a longer course.

Don’t forget to check our Calendar of Events for other exciting programs and upcoming events.

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Spring Feature Workshop - Perilous Realms

Perilous Realms (16% Sold Out)

Thomas Wharton
Saturday
10am-4:30pm
March 25, 2017
Member Price: $160
Non-member Price: $200
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Transform the everyday with the extraordinary. Delve into myth and folktale to find iconic images and powerful plots. Build entire worlds and populate them with believable beings. Cast spells of words over readers young and old.

 

Find out how much more there is to the realm of fantasy than just wizards and fairies. This workshop will plunge you into imaginary lands and alternate worlds, open your writing to new possibilities and new challenges, and answer your burning questions about writing truly fantastic fiction.
 
Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 10am-4:30pm
Fort Calgary, JOW Gallery (750, 9th Ave SE)
Coffee, tea, light lunch of soup and sandwiches provided.
 
About Thomas Wharton
… is a writer of fiction for adults and younger readers.
His first novel, Icefields, won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean division. His second novel, Salamander, was short-listed for the Governor-General’s Literary Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. A collection of short fiction, The Logogryph, published in 2004, was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Thomas Wharton has also written a YA fantasy trilogy, The Perilous Realm, an eco-fiction, Every Blade of Grass, and a book for children, Rutherford the Time-travelling Moose. His work has been published in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and other countries. He lives near Edmonton and teaches creative writing at the University of Alberta.
*membership not included

Writer in Residence Workshops

WIR – Short Form Fiction

Micheline Maylor
March 18, 2017
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

In this creativity and post-card story manufacturing seminar. We will discuss, openings, setting, time-frame, efficient language, syntax, and diction, and narrative. As writers we want to move towards enchantment and away from summary, short, short stories are a way we can engage in practice and learn skill through technique and craft. In this part lecture, part creativity, part practice, part evaluation workshop, we will hone our skills and leave with near finished short-short stories.

WIR – Poetry Forms and Practice

Micheline Maylor
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Sonnets, Sestinas, Glossas! Oh my! Japanese forms, ghazals, palindromes, pantoums, villanelles. Come and learn the structure and history of the poetic forms for poetry month. We will discuss forms, their origins, and practice creating through writing exercise. Consider this a poetry sweatshop, bring something to write on or in and prepare to take notes and work!

WIR – Craft and Writing

Micheline Maylor
Saturday, May 13, 2017
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Heather Sellers states, reading and writing are acts of paying close attention. In a quartet of lectures, the works of noted Canadian authors will be discussed, both in terms of their critical essays on craft, their views on aesthetics, and their written works. These intensive studies can lead us to better our practices in our writing.  In this blend of discussion and practice, big ideas about writing will be illuminated. This course is best for authors with some experience. Author studies will include: Jeffrey Donaldson, Douglas Glover, Richard Harrison, Steven Heighton, Jan Zwicky.

The Writers' Circle

The Creative Process

Robin van Eck
February 5, 2017
10-12pm
Member Price: $5
Non-member Price: $15

Join the discussion.

Why do you write? Why don’t you write? Battling self-doubt? Let’s talk about it.

*membership not included

The Personal Pen

Anne Metikosh
February 12, 2017
10-12pm
Member Price: $5
Non-member Price: $15

There’s a lot of noise out there. If you want to be heard above the din, you can’t just speak louder – you need to show the world you have something to say and a unique way of saying it. You don’t talk like anyone else; why should you write like anyone else? Join us for a discussion of voice and style and how to develop yours.  

 

Crowpicking

Vivian Hansen
February 22, 2017
10-1pm
Member Price: $25
Non-member Price: $35

The great characteristic of crows is to collect little treasures, preferably
shiny things, to line their nests.  What items do you hold as small
treasures that line your nest?  Collections like hockey cards, sports
equipment, knitting, jewelry, nic-nacs, shoes, and many more, are all things
that we might value, for reasons we may never have explored.  Using some of
these items in our writing practice can lift a focus in any genre.  Pick
your Thing and come to his workshop, where we will explore writing around
our crowpickings.

*membership not included

Mining Journals and Writing Notebooks for Inspiration

Carrie Mumford
February 26, 2017
10-12pm
Member Price: $5
Non-member Price: $15

Many writers carry a notebook, jot down ideas on random snippets of paper or napkins, or habitually journal. But how many go back to these scrawlings later for inspiration? We’ll discuss the advantages of going back over your notes – no matter how old they are – and strategies for using them to create new material.

*membership not included

Surviving & Thriving Through Rejection

Carrie Mumford
March 5, 2017
10-12pm
Member Price: $5
Non-member Price: $15

It’s part of the writing life, but that doesn’t make it any easier: rejection stings. Come discuss your best and worst rejections, and strategies for moving beyond them. Or, if you’ve yet to face rejection, come hear from those of us who have!

*membership not included

Writing the Rainbow

Sarah Johnson
March 12, 2017
10-12pm
Member Price: $5
Non-member Price: $15

LGBTQ+ folks are everywhere and if art imitates life, eventually you’ll have a character turn up queer. Join us for a discussion that will inspire, enlighten, and add some colour to your story.

*membership not included

Postcard Stories

Irene Naested
March 19, 2017
1-3pm
Member Price: $5
Non-member Price: $15

Participants will create collage images on blank card stock postcard and develop a story stimulated by the image they have created on the reverse.

*membership not included

Automatism

Irene Naested
March 26, 2017
1-3pm
Member Price: $5
Non-member Price: $15

Automatic drawing and writing. Collaborative art and writing over coffee just like the Paris Surrealist authors and artists.

*membership not included

Naughty Bits

Sarah Johnson
April 2, 2017
10-1pm
Member Price: $25
Non-member Price: $35

From the indecent to the poignant, the awkward to the omigod. Come prepared for a down and dirty discussion on the art of writing sex. Writing may occur.

*membership not included

Poetry Prompts

Laurie Fuhr
April 9, 2017
10-12pm
Member Price: $5
Non-member Price: $15

How do published poets across Canada write poetry when the mojo’s flowing slow? For this discussion, we’ve asked many. Pick up some inspiring poetry prompts for Poetry Month and share yours.

* membership not included

Write Nite

Write Nite! ~ Fresh Paint

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Friday
7-9pm
January 27, 2017
Member Price: $15
Non-member Price: $30
 
A new year, a new facility, new friends and new writing.
Grab a glass of wine (or other beverage), a pen and paper and join us one Friday night per month.

Once each month, spend two hours with kindred spirits, a glass of wine, a pen and paper. There will be nightly themes and you will be given prompts to focus your writing but disregard them if you choose and create something unique. Release your inhibitions, step out of your comfort zone, put a few words together, create evocative images and astonishing characters. Write something new or hone a current project with support.

Guidance is available but this is not a course; there will be no lessons. Only prompts focused on the theme. The purpose is to help you loosen your shackles a little to unleash you inner awesome author. Write, drink, nibble, share, laugh, play and have some fun creating.

All snacks and beverages provided. You only need to bring pen and paper. Everyone welcome!

 

 

 

Write Nite ~ Unconventional Teachers

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Friday
7-9pm
February 24, 2017
Member Price: $15
Non-member Price: $30

 

Grab a glass of wine (or other beverage), a pen and paper and join us one Friday night per month.

Once each month, spend two hours with kindred spirits, a glass of wine, a pen and paper. There will be nightly themes and you will be given prompts to focus your writing but disregard them if you choose and create something unique. Release your inhibitions, step out of your comfort zone, put a few words together, create evocative images and astonishing characters. Write something new or hone a current project with support.

Guidance is available but this is not a course; there will be no lessons. Only prompts focused on the theme. The purpose is to help you loosen your shackles a little to unleash you inner awesome author. Write, drink, nibble, share, laugh, play and have some fun creating.

All snacks and beverages provided. You only need to bring pen and paper. Everyone welcome!

 

4 Week Courses

Raising the Dead ( 4 Seats Available)

Carolyn Pogue
February 11, 18, 25, & March 4, 2017
10am-3:30pm
(4 Saturdays)
Member Price: $250
Non-member Price: $315

Write historical fiction by harvesting your own family tree for intriguing characters and amazing plots. Whether you are at the start of your story, or closing in on the end, all beginning and seasoned adventurers are welcome. Please bring a photo or memento to the first class and email Carolyn to tell her the era and country you plan to focus on. cpogue@shaw.ca

Carolyn Pogue Website

Plan, Build & Launch Your Author Website (7 Seats Available)

Carrie Mumford
Tuesdays
7-9:30pm
March 7, 2017 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $150

So you know you need an author website, but where do you start? In this 4-week course you will create and launch your own site. You’ll get an in-depth understanding of what makes a good website, why it’s important to have one, and get hands-on experience building one. We’ll use WordPress.com, a free tool, to build your site.

You will:

  • Learn about the characteristics of a good website
  • Create a layout and content plan for your site
  • Learn how to choose and purchase a URL (website address)
  • Learn how to use WordPress.com
  • Write a stellar ‘About Me’ page
  • Analyse site traffic, find out who’s visiting & why
  • Actually create your own website!

This course is open to all skill levels. We ask that you bring a laptop that can connect to the internet so you can build your site in class.

 

 

Carrie Mumford is a fiction writer and senior marketing manager at a Canadian tech company. When she’s not working on her novel, she spends her time helping authors and editors create WordPress websites that work.

Carrie Mumford’s Website [www.carriemumford.com]

Second Draft (6 Seats Available)

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Mondays
7-9:30
April 3, 2017 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $150

You’ve finally spilled your entire first draft onto the page. Now it’s time to clean it up. We will review the essential elements of a story/novel. This will include structure, character development, and dialogue (referencing Master STORY Doctor Robert McKee). We will discuss common errors, better word choices, critiquing, formatting, and proper punctuation practices. Students must have work ready to bring to the first class and agree to do the homework – which will involve editing each others’ work as well as your own.

No class April 17, 2017 for Easter Monday.

8 Week Courses - Evening

W – Creative Writing Pen to Paper (3 Seats Available)

Maraya Loza Koxhan
Mondays
7-9pm
January 30, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Start your story here!

Do you have a story burning inside you? Want to try writing for fun? Creative Writing: Pen to Paper is designed for the brand new writer or hobbyist. Spend 8 weeks learning where ideas come from, how to unlock your creative potential in a new way and bring words and images to the page in a fun and supportive environment. Lots of writing involved.

No experience necessary.

There will be no class on February 20, 2017 for Family Day.

 

W – Creative Writing Level I (4 Seats Available)

Olyn Ozbick
Tuesdays
7-9pm
January 31, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

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. Learn how to create images a reader will remember. Then, using the 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. 

No experience necessary.

W – Mapping a Novel (Waitlist)

Anne Metikosh
Wednesdays
7-9pm
February 1, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

You have a great idea. Maybe you’ve dreamed up some dynamite settings and scenes.  But how do you turn all the bits and pieces into a novel? You know you need an engaging plot to keep the reader glued to the page. You know your characters have to grow and change. You know your story has to reach an emotionally satisfying conclusion. But you can’t figure out how to get there from here and you’re spending a lot of time spinning your wheels. What you need is a roadmap.  

In this class we’ll design a working model for your novel. We’ll discuss the basics, like the value of a three-act structure and why the incidents that make up a plot need to be linked by cause and effect. But we’ll also consider the underlying questions of goal, theme, character motivations and consequences as they relate to the particular story you want to tell.  By the end of this course, you should have an integrated plan to follow as you write.      

W – Creative Nonfiction (8 Seats Available)

Ellen Kelly
Thursdays
7-9pm
February 2, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

This eight-week course gives participants the opportunity to develop their own true stories creatively. Characterization, scene, narration, theme, voice, truth, story/plot development and publication/markets will be discussed as they apply to CNF. We will spend time exploring personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, blogs, letters to the editor/oped, freelance and more. Specific interests of class participants will be addressed. There may be in-class writing exercises and homework. Sharing is encouraged but never mandatory.

 

W – Creative Writing Level II (4 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
Thursdays
7-9:30pm
February 2, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $200
Non-member Price: $250

In Creative Writing Level II, you will expand on what you already learned and go more in depth with the important story elements: character, plot, dialogue, world, flashbacks and more, through discussion, free fall writing, interactive exercises and mutual feedback. Learn about different genres such as literary vs. commercial fiction, creative non-fiction, writing for children and poetry to help focus your path.This class introduces writers to critiquing other’s work and receiving feedback in a practical and supportive atmosphere.

Recommended Prerequisite: Creative Writing Level I or equivalent

 

Writing Memoir When Your Story is Difficult (5 Seats Available)

Karen Lee
Thursdays
6:30-9:30pm
March 30, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $300

 

Do you have a difficult story to tell? Things from your past that you’ve tucked into the back of your memory? More and more, people are realizing that getting those stories down on paper is therapeutic and valuable – the popularity of memoir is exploding. People want real life stories.

This course will focus on three-parts – the writing skills required, the journey of change you want to write about, and having the courage and persistence needed to tackle difficult personal subjects. Self-care will be discussed.

We will tackle dialogue, character sketches, scene setting, and your story arc – using parts of your story you want to tell. These will begin to form the outline of your memoir.

If you are interested in engaging in the often therapeutic task of memoir writing, start a retrospective journal now – jot down those memories, however small and fleeting, in a notebook, compile pictures of the past, or assemble meaningful objects. Then bring these to class.

Going public with stories from real life is completely different from getting your story down on paper, so the decision to publish will be discussed.

Three recommended readings are: “The Memoir Project” by Marion Roach Smith, “Why We Write about Ourselves” Ed. Meredith Maran and “Your Life as Story” by Tristine Rainer.

Karen Lee has a newly published memoir, The Full Catastrophe. You can find out more information on her website

S – Creative Writing Level II (9 Seats Available)

Olyn Ozbick
Tuesdays
7-9:30pm
March 28, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $200
Non-member Price: $250

In Creative Writing Level II, you will expand on what you already learned and go more in depth with the important story elements: character, plot, dialogue, world, flashbacks and more, through discussion, free fall writing, interactive exercises and mutual feedback. Learn about different genres such as literary vs. commercial fiction, creative non-fiction, writing for children and poetry to help focus your path.This class introduces writers to critiquing other’s work and receiving feedback in a practical and supportive atmosphere.

Recommended Prerequisite: Creative Writing Level I or equivalent

S – The Personal Essay (9 Seats Available)

Ellen Kelly
Thursdays
7-9pm
April 20, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Do you have true stories to tell? Experiences you would like to share? Skeletons in your closet that you want to write about? Passionate feelings about a subject that you would like to explore? This eight-week course gives participants the opportunity to find deeper meaning in their writing by experimenting with various personal essay formats and through discussion of characterization, scene, narration, theme, voice, truth, and markets/publication. Specific interests of the class participants will be addressed and participants will be encouraged to write both briefly in class and more extensively at home. Sharing is encouraged.

Ellen Kelly Blog

Introduction to Playwriting (10 Seats Available)

Caroline Russell-King
Tuesdays
7-9pm
May 2, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Join professional playwright Caroline Russell-King, as you discover your playwriting chops. Learn how writing comedy is more than just one-liners and writing drama isn’t just serious prose spoken by serious people! Pull out your idea file or your scribbles and come learn the craft of playwriting. Find out industry tips, discover the secrets of writing and what it takes to get from page to stage!

S – Creative Writing: Pen to Paper (10 Seats Available)

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Mondays
7-9:30
May 8, 2017 (7 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Start your story here!

Do you have a story burning inside you? Want to try writing for fun? Creative Writing: Pen to Paper is designed for the brand new writer or hobbyist. Spend 8 weeks learning where ideas come from, how to unlock your creative potential in a new way and bring words and images to the page in a fun and supportive environment. Lots of writing involved. No experience necessary.

No class on May 22, 2017 for Victoria Day.

 

 

8 Week Courses - Daytime

W – Creative Writing Level I (Daytime) (4 Seats Available)

Madelaine Wong
Wednesdays
10am-12pm
February 22, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

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. Learn how to create images a reader will remember. Then, using the 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.

No experience necessary.

Memoir or (M) othering your Self (7 Seats Available)

Vivian Hansen
Thursdays
10-12pm
February 23, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Writing memoir is a journey in answering questions. Have you ever considered how all the stories in your life reach a point where you need to write about them?  How is your story unique?  Who could possibly want to read about your life, and why?  You don’t know where to start or what information is relevant?  What secrets do you want to keep or share?  What are you hoarding?   In this course we will explore the differences between autobiography, life writing, nature and travel writing – all of which incorporate memoir. 

W – Creative Journaling (8 Seats Available)

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Tuesdays
10-12pm
February 28, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $190
Non-member Price: $235

Use the power of journaling for self-discovery. Unlock your creative potential, navigate through loss, deal with illness, work through difficult decisions, express thoughts, emotions & opinions, and just have fun learning some new methods of expression. Connect with your inner voice through writing and art exercises. Your journal is a safe space for expression and transformation, a space to explore your creativity, a space to store your discoveries as a “work of art” just for you. 

Each class will include writing and art exercises, free fall writing, and time to incorporate elements into your journal. Some classes may include movement and/or meditation exercises. Please bring a notebook for free fall writing to the first class.

Art supplies included.

Finding a Female Form (8 Seats Available)

J. Jill Robinson
Wednesdays
12-2pm
March 15, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

“Finding A Female Form” explores the question of how and if female writing differs in significant ways from male writing, while simultaneously encouraging women writers to generate and workshop their own distinctive writing. Some questions to be addressed include: Are women more likely to be organic in their writing? Are they less likely than men to “construct” poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction? Are women and men drawn to different material and different perspectives in terms of subject matter, reflected in how and what they write? This course, through discussion, exercises, and workshops, focuses on women’s writing. It will include a visit from a guest woman writer (TBA) who shares her experiences with a more “female” approach to writing and answers your questions. Past participants claim that the dynamic in a group of women writers is very different from one involving both genders—not better or worse, necessarily, simply different—in terms of sensibility and focus; trust, and sense of intimacy.

S – Creative Writing Pen to Paper (Daytime) – (10 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
Tuesdays
10-12pm
April 4, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Start your story here!

Do you have a story burning inside you? Want to try writing for fun? Creative Writing: Pen to Paper is designed for the brand new writer or hobbyist. Spend 8 weeks learning where ideas come from, how to unlock your creative potential in a new way and bring words and images to the page in a fun and supportive environment. Lots of writing involved. No experience necessary.

S – Creative Writing Level II (Daytime) (9 Seats Available)

Madelaine Wong
Wednesdays
10-12:30pm
April 26, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $200
Non-member Price: $250

In Creative Writing Level II, you will expand on what you already learned and go more in depth with the important story elements: character, plot, dialogue, world, flashbacks and more, through discussion, free fall writing, interactive exercises and mutual feedback. Learn about different genres such as literary vs. commercial fiction, creative non-fiction, writing for children and poetry to help focus your path.This class introduces writers to critiquing other’s work and receiving feedback in a practical and supportive atmosphere.

Recommended Prerequisite: Creative Writing Level I or equivalent

Proprioceptive Writing (5 Seats Available)

Vivian Hansen
Thursdays
10-12pm
April 20, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

This course will explore the Proprioceptive Writing method developed by Linda Trichter Metcalf in which you explore the deepest volume of story in your life.  Proprioceptive writing has effectively blasted out writer’s block and sent aspiring writers into new and productive creative writing journeys.  In this course, we will plan out a secular spiritual journey with your writing.  Please note:  participants should be working on a manuscript of poetry, creative nonfiction, short story collection, or novel-in-progress.  We will explore the proprioceptive method in tandem with your writing project.

 Recommended reading:  Writing the Mind Alive: The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice.   By Linda Trichter Metcalf.

The Artist’s Way (10 Seats Available)

Caroline Russell-King
Fridays
12pm-2pm
April 28, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $240

For all writers and artists. As a group we will work through Julia Cameron’s’ book The Artist Way. We will engage in exercises and activities that spur the imagination and capture new ideas while unblocking obstacles on the path to inspiration and creativity.

No experience necessary.

Caroline Russell-King Website

8 Week Courses - Poetry

W – Purely Poetry (4 Seats Available)

Susan Plett
Mondays
7-9:30pm
January 30, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $200
Non-member Price: $250

Join Calgary poet, Susan Plett, for eight weeks of all poetry, all the time, and making your words do the work you want them to.  Emphasis will be on creating new work and learning to critique and be critiqued.

No class on February 20, 2017 for Family Day.

The Literary Fragment (10 Seats Available)

Joel Farris
Mondays
7-9pm
Begins May 1, 2017 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225
In what social and economic conditions do poets begin to theorize the fragment as a purposeful literary form? What relationship does fragmentation have to capitalism? What can fragmentary composition offer our writing practices that cohesive composition cannot? Throughout the course we will explore these questions while moving through different taxonomies of fragmentation: dreams, the body, social media, appropriation, process, and risk. This will engage us in a range of historical periods, beginning in the early nineteenth century through to our contemporary moment. 
 
Though the course will be reading and discussion intensive, an emphasis will be placed on poetry exercises drawn from our collaborative engagement with the texts and with one another. In order to keep the course exploratory, we will not set out to answer our preliminary questions definitively. Rather, by the conclusion of the course, we will be in a position to assess, complicate, and reformulate those questions as they relate to our poetry practices.
 
*Note, there will be no class on May 22, 2017

10 Week Courses

W – Novel Middles (4 Seats Available)

Dwayne Clayden
Wednesdays
7-9:30pm
February 1, 2017 (10 weeks)
Member Price: $250
Non-member Price: $315

Middles are quite possibly the most ominous part of a novel and commonly the spot where many writers give up, stuffing the project they’ve worked so hard on into a drawer for another day. But will that day ever come?

 This course will focus on elements of fiction including rising action, maintaining momentum, story pace and arc, and structure. Learn how to write through those difficult scenes through focused writing exercises, group discussion and workshopping. You will create a rough outline of your novel to help in moving the story forward. Discuss some of the common problems writers face such as writers block, escaping distraction, the busy writer, self-doubt and more. 

Participants should have a beginning of a novel on the go.

S – The First Three Chapters (8 Seats Available)

Anne Metikosh
Wednesdays
7-9:30pm
March 29, 2017 (10 weeks)
Member Price: $250
Non-member Price: $315

Start as you mean to go on with this 10-week course designed to lay a solid foundation for your book-length manuscript. Instruction will focus on characterization, voice, plot, setting, conflict etc. as they specifically apply to those critical first three pages. While this course includes no formal workshopping, students can expect to share their work as it relates to a variety of writing exercises. By the end of the course, students will have generated a strong and focused beginning to their manuscript and be well poised to continue on their own.

S – Novel Ends (10 Seats Available)

Dwayne Clayden
Wednesdays
7-9:30pm
April 12, 2017 (10 weeks)
Member Price: $250
Non-member Price: $315

You’ve worked through the middle and you’re approaching that pivotal point in your work, the climax. The tension has peaked and now it’s time to wrap up the story. Through writing exercises, group discussion and peer feedback, learn what makes a good ending, how to tie up all those loose ends, climax, resolution, and change. Discuss common problems faced while trying to complete your manuscript.

You should have a significant portion of your novel completed.

10 Week Courses - Daytime

Writing a Play for Lunchbox Theatre (8 Seats Available)

Caroline Russell-King
Tuesdays
12-2:30pm
February 28, 2017 (10 weeks)
Member Price: $250
Non-member Price: $315

A ten-week course designed with the completion of a one act play suitable for submission to Lunchbox Theatre.  From the playwright who has had many productions at the longest running noon time theatre in the world!  Her last show Mr Fix It was nominated for a Betty Mitchell Theatre Award for Outstanding New Play.

 

Caroline Russell-King Website

February Workshops

Formatting Your Book for Self-Publishing

Howie Erickson
February 21, 2017
10-1pm
Member Price: $25
Non-member Price: $35
Learn how to format your book for self-publishing in multiple formats. Mobi, ePub, using MS word and Createspace.

Social Media for Writers

Felicia Zuniga
February 4, 2017
10am-1pm
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $65

What’s all the buzz around social media and why do you need it? In this 3-hour seminar, you will learn about the major social media platforms and how they can benefit you in creating your own brand. Learn how each platform works and where/how to share content as well as the importance of visuals and catchy messaging. Learn about analytics, stats, hashtags and creating impact.

Please bring a laptop.

Raising the Dead ( 4 Seats Available)

Carolyn Pogue
February 11, 18, 25, & March 4, 2017
10am-3:30pm
(4 Saturdays)
Member Price: $250
Non-member Price: $315

Write historical fiction by harvesting your own family tree for intriguing characters and amazing plots. Whether you are at the start of your story, or closing in on the end, all beginning and seasoned adventurers are welcome. Please bring a photo or memento to the first class and email Carolyn to tell her the era and country you plan to focus on. cpogue@shaw.ca

Carolyn Pogue Website

First Person Fiction Writing (9 Seats Available)

Rona Altrows
February 7 & 14, 2017
10-2pm
Member Price: $125
Non-member Price: $160

The principal objectives of this 2-day workshop are to give you, the writer, the opportunity to write; to allow you to take yourself into the mind and body of another person, a fictional person who will emerge naturally from your own creative core; and to let you write that fictional person’s reality.

We will use the free fall writing method for releasing subconscious thought and we will also draw on the Stanislavski System, the theory that eventually led to method acting. You will enter your fictional person and become as one with her or him, without denying your own existence. In giving yourself to the process of merging with your fictional person, you will hear that person’s voice and that person will speak authentically and every part of that person’s self will come through in your writing.

The writing exercises themselves are practical. This course celebrates process, not product. It is about creativity, not technique. Imagination, invention and recollection will all have roles to play in this course. There will be no in-class critiquing.

This will be 2 – 4 hour classes with a break in the middle. Please bring a snack if needed.

Showing vs. Telling (2 Seats Available)

Susan Forest
Saturday & Sunday
10am-4:30pm
February 25 & 26, 2017
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

The first “rule” of fiction writing all authors learn is to “show” story events scenically through action, as opposed to “telling” the story. But how is that accomplished? What are the craft techniques that lead to page-turning stories that immerse the reader so he forgets the book in his hands, and lives the story in imagination? And…when is “telling” the tool of choice? This two-day intensive workshop will explore techniques such as time dilation, for interweaving dialogue, internal monologue, description, action and emotion into well-structured, purposeful scenes.   

March Workshops

From Sherlock to the Girl on the Train (10 Seats Available)

Susan Calder
March 11, 2017
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

You want to write a crime novel. What sub-genre suits you best? Suspense, mystery or something else? Should it be a series or standalone book? How do you create compelling sleuths, heroes and anti-heroines; suspects and supporting
characters? How do you keep readers turning the pages? Where do you go for technical information and help with revision? When your novel is ready, how do you get it published? This workshop will discuss these questions and more, with writing
exercises relevant to crime fiction and any story with an aspect of mystery.

Writing for the Big Screen – Basics of screenwriting (8 Seats Available)

Phyllis Heltay
Saturday & Sunday
10-4:30pm
March 11 & 12, 2017
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Love movies and thought “Hey, I can write that!”? This workshop will give you essential tools for constructing a screenplay for film. Dig into the elements of structure that include formatting, dialogue, action, and the heart of character development and the story arc. Every genre will be explored to unlock the key features that make great film stories. Grab some popcorn and ideas and join us for a weekend workshop!

Phyllis Heltay is a Calgary award winning screenwriter and playwright. She won a Praxis Screenwriting Fellowship (Simon Fraser University) for the comedy feature screenplay, “Stealing Jesus”, and was a bronze prize winner of the Page International Screenwriting Awards for “Peripheral Vision” a supernatural thriller. Her short drama “Magpie” was a first place winner of the American Gems screenwriting competition, and she has had numerous options with international production companies for her sci-fi and animation scripts. She currently has an independent comedy feature in development to be produced in Canada.

The Body Electric, The Body Eclectic (11 Seats Available)

Maraya Loza Koxahn
March 18, 2017
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $80
Non-member Price: $100

Your body holds all your stories – locked in muscle memory. Sometimes a little supportive nudge is what you need to remember something old, discover something new. Is there a book in you? We will use music, movement, art and writing exercises to help access the subconscious, facilitating self-discovery and bringing forth creative self-expression. No previous art or writing experience is necessary.

Supplies fee included in price.

Blogging 101 (7 Seats Available)

Carrie Mumford
March 25 & 26, 2017
10-4:30pm
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225
In this weekend intensive you will create and launch your own blog. We’ll cover everything you need to know about blogging, from chosing a topic for your blog, to planning your posts, and finding readers.

 
You will:
  • Narrow in on a topic for your blog
  • Create a content plan and schedule for yourself
  • Choose a theme/look for your blog
  • Learn how to find readers and keep them coming back
  • Create and launch your blog using WordPress.com
 
This course is open to all skill levels. We ask that you bring a laptop that can connect to the internet so you can build your site in class.
 

Carrie Mumford is a fiction writer and senior marketing manager at a Canadian tech company. When she’s not working on her novel, she spends her time helping authors and editors create WordPress websites that work.

Carrie Mumford’s Website [www.carriemumford.com]

April Workshops

Journal the Seasons (10 Seats Available)

Wilma Rubens
April 1 & 2, 2017
10-4:30pm
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Explore Your Evolving Story

Our life patterns journey around in cycles and spirals. Using the seasons, summer, fall, winter and spring, as inspiration for self-reflection, free your inner rhythms, gain personal insights, and open up creativity. Through journaling, develop your courage as a writer and become more alert and passionate as a person.

Craft or Catharsis (9 Seats Available)

Naomi Lewis
April 8, 2017
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95
In Craft or Catharsis, we’ll address the vital distinction between writing out trauma or crisis for the sake of healing, and writing about these experiences for an audience. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference, and both are important and valid. Participants will evaluate their emotional distance from their material, choose personal writing that can be adapted into publishable stories, whether fiction or non-fiction, and work on specific crafting techniques. 

Very Short Poems (5 Seats Available)

Maraya Loza Koxhan
April 8, 2017
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

Spend the day playing with literary devices and short poem formats to create several miniscule works of great magnitude. Say what you want to say succinctly – both humorously and seriously. Come with ideas for content and your favorite line from a song.

 

Is There A Play Hiding In My Poem? (10 Seats Available)

Caroline Russell-King
April 1, 2017
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

Shakespeare was a poet and a playwright. Playwrights used to be called poets! Use your poetry as a jumping off place to create monologues, scenes or even a one act play! Join Caroline Russell-King for a one day class on plotting and poetry. 

Writing Basics: Scene Construction (10 Seats Available)

Susan Forest
April 29, 2017
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

 

Nancy Kress likely spoke for a lot of writers when she said, “When I started writing in scenes, I started selling.” Designed for writers early in their development, this one-day class will look at what is a scene, how scenes are structured (their function within a larger work and their internal structure), and what elements should be included. Students are asked to bring a scene they are working on, to develop further over the course of the session.

May Workshops

Finding Your Muse (10 Seats Available)

Ellen Kelly
May 6, 2017
10-4pm
Member Price: $80
Non-member Price: $100

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.

 

How To Write A 10-Minute Play in Five Hours (10 Seats Available)

Caroline Russell-King
May 6, 2017
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

10-minute plays are all the rage. Join professional comedy playwright Caroline Russell-King, as you discover your playwriting chops. End the class with a short play!  Pull out your idea file or your scribbles and come learn the craft of playwriting. 

All ages. All skill levels.

 

Word Painting (10 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
May 13, 2017
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

Bring images to life on the page through only the magic of your wordsSpend the day immersed in exercises to energize your creativity and get you writing more descriptively.  If you think you overburden your writing with description, or maybe don’t write descriptively enough, this is a great workshop to learn what details are important and which are not, while also having fun. 

No experience necessary.

Short-Short Boot Camp – Zero to 500 Words in One Day (9 Seats Available)

Lori Hahnel
May 27, 2017
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

Want to write a 500-word story in one day? In this workshop, we’ll consider what the essential elements of a short story are; we’ll come up with a first draft through freefall writing; we’ll rewrite and revise; we’ll give and get feedback. The result will be a solid 500 words of story that you can take home and polish. Come prepared to write and share; bring an idea to work on or use an in-class prompt.

Backstory Secrets (10 Seats Available)

Susan Forest
May 27, 2017
10am-3:30 pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

Backstory is tricky to interweave into your story effectively. Often, our mistake is to introduce it too soon, or all at once in one large infodump. When and how can it be feathered in effectively? Think of your backstory as a series of secrets your protagonist does not want to reveal. How can you make your audience hungry for backstory and deliver it at just the right moment? Bring a pages or an idea you are working on (your plot line of story events and plot line of backstory events), and use the tips from this one-day workshop to analyze your piece for optimal revelation of scandalous secrets!

June Workshops

To Write Monologues or Not to Write… (10 Seats Available)

Caroline Russell-King
June 3, 2017
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

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

Life Into Story – Transforming Experiences Into Fiction (10 Seats Available)

Lori Hahnel
June 17, 2017
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

Got a great story idea inspired by real life events but not sure how or where or why to begin writing it? In this workshop we’ll explore characters, plots and settings derived from real life. We’ll also consider how closely fiction should resemble real life, and whether some ideas are better suited to fiction or creative nonfiction.

The Writer’s Voice (9 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
June 17, 2017
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

Have you ever wondered why we like particular writers? There’s something about the way they write that keeps us engaged for the duration. Could be turns of phrase, the pace at which a story moves along, quirks and ticks. In this workshop, we will do lots of fun writing exercises to help your own voice emerge onto the page. Learn the tune and rhythm of your voice and what makes it unique from everyone else’s and begin to understand how that translates into story voice.

Youth Programs

RIOCKP Registration

Member Price: $60
Non-member Price: $100

Reality Is Optional Creative Kids’ Programming (RIOCKP) is a multi-group program for youth to connect with each other through writing, art and improv. We strive to foster creativity, community, and youth leadership in an accepting environment. See RIOCKP website for more details.

Our three main groups include:

1. Reality Is Optional (RIO) kids’ writing club: writing, games, improv, and guests. 

2. Pen and Panel Cartooning Club: A constant current of fun and education, art and writing, web comics, cartoons and anime. See Pen & Panel website for details. 

3. Free Fall Writing: Free writing time with friends and the option for critique. Work on your own stuff or from a prompt.

RIOCKP Member Only Programs

 

  • Random Movie Night
  • Dungeons and Dragons Club
  • Workshops and Special Events
  • RIO Poetry Slam Team
  • Special Projects

 

Fees:

 

  • AWCS Youth Membership (mandatory): $40
  • RIOCKP Membership: $60
  • Drop-in Fee (main groups only): $5

 

Non-Member Rate includes youth membership.

 

Manuscript Review Service

Prose Submissions – less than 3500 words

Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Prose Submissions – 3501 – 10000 words

Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $195

Prose Submissions – 10001 – 50000 words

Member Price: $300
Non-member Price: $375

Prose Submissions – 50001 – 80000 words

Member Price: $500
Non-member Price: $625

Poetry Submissions – Up to 10 pages (poems)

Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Poetry Submissions – 11-25 pages (poems)

Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $195

Poetry Submissions – 26-50 pages (poems)

Member Price: $250
Non-member Price: $325

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the 
Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, @cSpace King Edward, 460, 1721, 29th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 6T7

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