AWCS Schedule: 

Summer/Fall 2014

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A Novel Approach - Year-Long Course

A Novel Approach Application Fee

(Non-Refundable Application Fee)
Member Price: $25
Non-member Price: $25

A Novel Approach is now accepting applications for the 2014/15 year.

Application fee must be paid before applications will be considered.

Please see A Novel Approach under What We Offer for complete program details.

NEW THIS YEAR: All applicants will receive a manuscript review of their submitted pages whether accepted into the program or not.

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/

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

Instructor Training Course

Instructor Training Course

Ellen Kelly
September 13 & 14, 2014
9am to 4pm
Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $210

Would you like to expand your current writer portfolio and begin teaching others the wonderful art of creative writing? AWCS offers writers the opportunity to grow and expand into the world of teaching. You will learn effective teaching techniques, how to deal with and inspire students and how to design and deliver an introductory level creative writing course.

This course includes the 2 day instructional session followed by an apprenticeship in an introduction to creative writing course with one of our current instructors where you will prepare and deliver at least one lesson under the supervision of the instructor.

Please note: The apprenticeship is required only to teach for AWCS and is not mandatory if you wish to teach elsewhere but is recommended.

Pre-requisites:

*Must be a current AWCS member.

*Previous teaching experience is not necessary. Just bring your willingness to teach and inspire others.

*Must have at least 3 recognized publications: magazines, literary journals, books, online. (Any publication in which a jury has selected your piece.)

The non-member fee includes a one-year AWCS 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

Say What?

Madelaine Wong
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
6-9pm
Member Price: $40
Non-member Price: $75

Having trouble with dialogue? Come out to this three hour session full of instruction, discussion and exercises to help your characters say exactly what it is they want to say in a way that is authentic.

Collaborative Poetry

Laurie Fuhr
Thursday, August 7, 2014
6-9pm
Member Price: $40
Non-member Price: $75

Does writing alone get lonely sometimes? Try group and duo writing with this unique Collaborative Writing workshop! You’ll use techniques tied to the Surrealist and Beat movements, and others invented by contemporary poets. It gets fun, it gets weird, it gets the juices flowing, and it never gets lonesome. Come give it a try — you’ve got nothing to lose but your writer’s block.

Summer Shorts (Short stories, that is.)

Olyn Ozbick
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
6-9pm
Member Price: $40
Non-member Price: $75

Flash fiction is becoming an increasingly popular short story form. Come out for an evening of learning how to write great flash fiction pieces. There will be writing, instruction and discussion.

Just Write – August 13

Wednesday, August 13, 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.

Poetic Form

Micheline Maylor
Monday, August 25, 2014
6-9pm
Member Price: $40
Non-member Price: $75

Ghazals and Glossas? What is the difference? Where do poetic forms originate and what’s the difference anyway? In this 3 hour session, poetic forms are explored and explained to help you expand your knowledge and refine your own poetic practice.

Character Flaws

Theanna Bischoff
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
6-9pm
Member Price: $40
Non-member Price: $75

In this three hour session, learn elements of creating well-rounded authentic characters who jump off the page and demand to be heard.

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.

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

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

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

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

Introduction to Creative Writing – DAYTIME

Madelaine Wong
Wedensdays
10am-12pm
September 17 (8 weeks)
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.

http://www.madelainewong.com/

*Note: The non-member rate includes a one year membership to AWCS.

Weekly Courses (10 Weeks)

Creative Writing Circle – 1 Seat Available

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

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

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

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

Weekend Writing Intensives

Finding Your Voice

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.

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

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