2015/16 Courses and Workshops: 

 

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 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.

Please note, unless otherwise specified, all non-member rates include a one-year membership to AWCS. If you’re a non-member registering for multiple courses, please select the Member Option on the registration page and purchase a membership along with your courses.

 

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New Program - Write Nite

Write Nite!

Maraya Loza Koxahn & Robin van Eck
Friday
7-9pm
February 19, 2016
Member Price: $20
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!

SAVE THE DATE!

Upcoming Dates and Themes:

Friday, March 18, 2016 | THEME: It’s Not Easy Being Green…

Friday, April 22, 2016 | THEME: The Alien Ate My Sock…

Friday, May 27, 2016 | THEME: Inanimates

Friday, June 17, 2016 | THEME: True Story

Spring Feature Workshop: Richard Wagamese

From the Oral Tradition to the Printed Page

Richard Wagamese
April 9, 2016
10am-4pm
Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $180

 Using the principles and practices of traditional First Nations oral storytelling, students of all cultural backgrounds are guided from creating spontaneous oral stories to fluid, powerful, creative and professional writing.

This approach is unique in that it begins with oral story. You will be introduced to your authentic voice or “the inner storyteller”, then guided to the spontaneous and free flowing use of language that all human beings used as children. Specific exercises return you to the ability to tell stories with a total lack of fear and judgment and are directed to spontaneous oral creations of seven to ten minutes, learning empowering techniques that drive the creative process. Learn to tell in complete spontaneous sentences and paragraphs without notes. Learn to fashion narrative arcs on the spot and tell whole stories aloud and ‘off the cuff.”

You will learn how to take this new and compelling skill to the act of writing. Through specific exercises that link spontaneous oral storytelling to the printed page, you will discover the amazing “whole brain” approach to creating narrative that First Nations storyteller have been using for generations and learn to work with the five traditional oral storytelling principles; harness those principles with two definitive rules of writing that allow you to create on paper as freely as you do aloud. 

Along with these specific skills, this workshop uses traditional First Nations ceremony, ritual and teachings to build an emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual union with the process of writing. This ‘medicine circle” approach allows you to foster trust in “The Channel” that each of us have as carriers of language. 

From The Oral Tradition to the Printed page is an uplifting and empowering experience that offers students the proven success formula of Dr. Richard Wagamese, a prolific and award-winning author who has published eleven titles with major Canadian publishers in seventeen years. His published work ranges from literary fiction to memoir and poetry. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 10am-4pm (lunch provided*)

Fort Calgary, Officers Mess (750, 9th Ave SE, Calgary)

Early Bird Registration (before March 1, 2016): Members: $150 | Nonmembers: $180

Late Registration (after March 1, 2016): Members: $180 | Nonmembers: $210

*we will do our best to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions but it won’t be possible in all cases. If you have very specific restrictions it’s recommended you bring your own lunch.

Elements of Fiction Workshops

The Writer’s Voice (Waitlist)

Robin van Eck
February 27, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

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 how to turn your raw voice into your story voice.

Story Structure, Form and Plot (7 Seats Available)

Olyn Ozbick
March 5, 2016
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 Your story’s structure matters. To write a novel or short story that satisfies your audience, comes alive with meaning, and impresses agents and publishers, you need a well-structured story. This one-day workshop will delve into the nuts and bolts of building your story structure. Integrating craft lessons with exercises and time to work on your project, you will leave with a thorough knowledge of structure, form and plot.

Setting & World Building (7 Seats Available)

Sarah Johnson
March 12, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 

A dirigible over Victorian London, an alien planet, the Arabian desert, or a seedy downtown bar

Regardless of genre, every story exists in its own unique space. Effective setting and world building strikes the balance of strengthening your narrative without creating needless distraction. Through exercises and discussion, this workshop will help you incorporate vivid details and sound world logic in a way that allows the reader to trust that they are in good hands and surrender to your story.

The Writer’s Voice (6 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
Saturday, March 12, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

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 how to turn your raw voice into your story voice.

Character Resuscitation (7 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
Saturday & Sunday
10-4:30pm
March 19 & 20, 2016
Member Price: $175
Non-member Price: $235

Are your characters one-dimensional? Do they skip along the page but never really do or say anything meaningful and interesting? In this weekend workshop we will create characters who really jump off the page, characters your readers will remember for years to come. Through extensive writing exercises and discussion, you will find new meaning in your character’s actions and words, and learn who they are. Just like real people.

Robin van Eck Website

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Writing Basics: Scene Construction (5 Seats Available)

Susan Forest
April 2, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 

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.

Dialogue and Transitions (8 Seats Available)

Madelaine Wong
April 16, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 

Are you struggling to write good dialogue? Are your scenes choppy, leaving your reader confused about point of view and passage of time?

In this one day workshop you will learn the basics of how to write natural sounding dialogue that can advance the plot, give insight to the characters and create tension in your stories. You will also learn how to make your writing flow from one scene to another with graceful transitions. Feel free to bring a work-in-progress.

Point of View and Narration (8 Seats Available)

Olyn Ozbick
April 30, 2016
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 Point of View can be one of the most important decisions you make for your short story or novel. But what are you choices and how do you choose from all the options avaiable in your writers’ tool kit? In this workshop you will learn how point of view impacts your narrative voice. Explore through examples and exercises how to alter your story, change your message, create new and different worlds and affect your reader’s impression of your story. All by manipulating your narrator and their point of view.

Backstory Secrets (8 Seats Available)

Susan Forest
May 28, 2016
10am-3:30 pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

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!

Word Painting (9 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
Saturday
10am-3:30pm
June 4, 2016
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

Bring images to life on the page through only the magic of your wordsSpend the day emersed 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.

Behind the Curtain with Rosemary Nixon

Behind the Curtain: Technicolour Tips to Enrich Your Fiction (4 Seats Available)

Rosemary Nixon
April 1-3, 2016
Friday, 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10-5pm
(Weekend Intensive)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $300

 Because pre-class homework is required for this workshop, registration deadline is March 19, 2016. No refunds will be issued after this date.

Step backstage with Rosemary Nixon for an intense weekend discovering behind-the-scenes secrets of how a good writer might achieve power in Structure, Character, Dialogue, Suspense, Pacing etc. etc. We’ll discover ways to create gorgeous sentences that morph into indelible characters and a can’t-put-it-down plot, propelling a story from a competent representation of life experience into a piece of art that is experience itself.

Please note, this is an advanced, intense workshop. Not recommended for new writers.

About Rosemary Nixon

8 Week Courses

Mapping A Novel

Anne Metikosh
Wednesdays
7-9pm
April 6, 2016 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $240

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 extended workshop, you should have an integrated plan to follow as you write.      

This class involves brainstorming and discussion.  

Stranger Than Fiction: The Personal Essay (9 Seats Available)

Ellen Kelly
Thursdays
7-9 pm
April 28, 2016 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $240

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

Short Fiction: Building Your House – Adventures in Revision (9 Seats Available)

JoAnn McCaig
Tuesdays
7-10pm
May 3, 2016 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $175
Non-member Price: $235

 

Alice Munro has said she thinks of a story not as a rope you pull on to get to the end, but rather as a house you can move around in, seeing things from different angles and perspectives. Finding the right structure for the story you want to tell is a process that we will explore in this course.  

We will begin each class by looking closely at one of Munro’s stories, trying  to learn what we can about structure. Each successive class, we’ll observe what she demonstrably learns about structure – and the risks she learns to take, the rules she finds the confidence to break – as her career progressed. Our study of Canada’s first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature will thus progress chronologically, meaning that a very early story will be presented at the first class, stories from the mid-career in the middle classes, and a very recent story at the final class.

Each student will bring a story in progress to the class.  Maximum page count of 20, please. Half of the stories will be workshopped on our first meeting, the rest on the second. And then in our last two classes, participants will present revised versions of their stories.  Have you knocked down the house and rebuilt it? Redesigned it? Painted a room? Given yourself permission to knock down a wall? Added a picture window?

Participants must be willing to do all of the readings  — of the Munro stories and the stories for workshop — in advance of each class,  and to come to class prepared to contribute to the discussion.

10 Week Courses

Introduction to Freelance Writing

Olyn Ozbick
Tuesdays
7-9:30pm
April 12, 2016 (10 weeks)
Member Price: $210
Non-member Price: $270

Do you want to write for magazines, newspapers or the internet but don’t know how to get started? Learn the basics of how to find fresh ideas, publish in multiple markets, incorporate research and write informative, inspiring and entertaining articles that assignment editors will love. You will do practice exercises to build on your new skills, and learn how to craft query letters that will get the attention of busy editors. Throughout the course students will develop well-targeted ideas, refine their queries and get ready to start writing for editors. 

Plays Alive!

Caroline Russell-King
Thursdays
7-9:30pm
April 14, 2016 (10 weeks)
Member Price: $210
Non-member Price: $270

After completing the first draft what do I do with my play? Join professional playwright, Caroline Russell-King, as she teaches you how to get your play from first draft to FINAL draft. Come and find out about dramaturgy and roundtable workshops. Have your words read by real live professional actors. Learn about submission tips, life in rehearsal, theatre etiquette and more. For more information on Caroline go to www.carolinerussellking.com

January Workshops

Showing vs. Telling (Waitlist)

Susan Forest
Saturday & Sunday
10am-4:30pm
January 30 & 31, 2016
Member Price: $175
Non-member Price: $235

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.   

February Workshops

Writing to Reconcile (2 Seats Available)

Carolyn Pogue
Saturday
10am-3:30pm
February 13, 2016
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 

 

During the 6 years of The Truth and Reconciliation hearings, Canadians learned new ways to look at our history which includes true stories from First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. Some listeners were shocked; some were relieved. Canada has learned astonishing facts and seen amazing courage. We now have an opportunity for growth and healing. This workshop will allow participants to explore reconciliation on many levels through gentle free-fall exercises. Writing to Reconcile will invite conversation and writing in any genre about reconciliation with ourselves as individuals and as citizens of this land. 

Writing Erotica (4 Seats Available)

Vivian Hansen
February 13, 2016
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

This workshop will explore strategies for writing that intensive love scene, that sizzling mix that is just perfect for your story.  We will examine your characters to find out what they like, and what they fantasize about.  Come prepared with a character you’d like to explore, and/or flesh out a character in this fun workshop!

 

Vivian Hansen Website

The Writer’s Voice (Waitlist)

Robin van Eck
February 27, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

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 how to turn your raw voice into your story voice.

March Workshops

Story Structure, Form and Plot (7 Seats Available)

Olyn Ozbick
March 5, 2016
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 Your story’s structure matters. To write a novel or short story that satisfies your audience, comes alive with meaning, and impresses agents and publishers, you need a well-structured story. This one-day workshop will delve into the nuts and bolts of building your story structure. Integrating craft lessons with exercises and time to work on your project, you will leave with a thorough knowledge of structure, form and plot.

Magical Realism (3 Seats Available)

Kim Firmston
March 5, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 

Magical Realism is a genre where the fantastic is treated as ordinary and the ordinary as fantastic. It’s where reality is described in vivid detail and employs elements of folk tales, fables, and myths without being any of these. It explores and conveys the truth of the world by showing it through the eyes of characters who experience reality differently than the reader does. Join us to learn more about this unique genre where time spirals and miracles can happen.

To Write Monologues or Not to Write… (9 Seats Available)

Caroline Russell-King
March 12, 2016
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

Setting & World Building (7 Seats Available)

Sarah Johnson
March 12, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 

A dirigible over Victorian London, an alien planet, the Arabian desert, or a seedy downtown bar

Regardless of genre, every story exists in its own unique space. Effective setting and world building strikes the balance of strengthening your narrative without creating needless distraction. Through exercises and discussion, this workshop will help you incorporate vivid details and sound world logic in a way that allows the reader to trust that they are in good hands and surrender to your story.

The Writer’s Voice (6 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
Saturday, March 12, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

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 how to turn your raw voice into your story voice.

Character Resuscitation (7 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
Saturday & Sunday
10-4:30pm
March 19 & 20, 2016
Member Price: $175
Non-member Price: $235

Are your characters one-dimensional? Do they skip along the page but never really do or say anything meaningful and interesting? In this weekend workshop we will create characters who really jump off the page, characters your readers will remember for years to come. Through extensive writing exercises and discussion, you will find new meaning in your character’s actions and words, and learn who they are. Just like real people.

Robin van Eck Website

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Very Short Poems (6 Seats Available)

Maraya Loza Koxhan
March 19, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 

We will play 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.

April Workshops

Writing Basics: Scene Construction (5 Seats Available)

Susan Forest
April 2, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 

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.

Dialogue and Transitions (8 Seats Available)

Madelaine Wong
April 16, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 

Are you struggling to write good dialogue? Are your scenes choppy, leaving your reader confused about point of view and passage of time?

In this one day workshop you will learn the basics of how to write natural sounding dialogue that can advance the plot, give insight to the characters and create tension in your stories. You will also learn how to make your writing flow from one scene to another with graceful transitions. Feel free to bring a work-in-progress.

Point of View and Narration (8 Seats Available)

Olyn Ozbick
April 30, 2016
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

 Point of View can be one of the most important decisions you make for your short story or novel. But what are you choices and how do you choose from all the options avaiable in your writers’ tool kit? In this workshop you will learn how point of view impacts your narrative voice. Explore through examples and exercises how to alter your story, change your message, create new and different worlds and affect your reader’s impression of your story. All by manipulating your narrator and their point of view.

Plan, Build & Launch Your Author Website

Carrie Mumford
Saturday & Sunday
10am-4:30pm
April 30 & May 1, 2016
Member Price: $175
Non-member Price: $235

 

So you know you need an author website, but where do you start? In this 2-day course you will create and launch your own site (it can be a test site or the real deal). You’ll get an in-depth understanding of what makes a good website, why it’s important to have one, how to get people to visit your site, and get hands-on experience building one. By the end of the weekend you’ll have your own site, ready to go! We’ll use WordPress, a free or inexpensive tool, to build your site.

 

You will:

  • Learn about the characteristics of a good website
  • Write a stellar ‘About Me’ page
  • Create a layout and plan for your site
  • Learn how to get people to visit your site
  • Learn how to choose and purchase a URL (website address)
  • Analyse site traffic, find out who’s visiting & why, and discover why this is important
  • Actually create your own blog or 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]

May Workshops

Invigorate Your Prose with Active Voice

Randy McCharles
May 14, 2016
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

More than just word order — “I hit Bob.” VS “Bob was hit.” — selective choice of words and phrasing can make your prose stronger, tighter, and pack more punch. Through examples and exercises, including when to use passive voice, this workshop creates a list of simple guidelines to take your prose to the next level. Students are encouraged to bring a short scene they are working on for in-class study.

About Randy McCharles

RANDY MCCHARLES is a full time author with a focus on speculative and mystery fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada’s most prestigious award for speculative fiction) and in 2013, his short story Ghost-B-Gone Incorporated won the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest. Randy’s most recent publications include Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books and Murder at the Mall from Coffin Hop Press.
In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including The Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, A Taste of Local Authors, Writers in the House, and the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers.
 

The 10 Minute Play

Caroline Russell-King
May 7, 2016
10am-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

Come and dip your toes in the playwriting pool by joining Caroline Russell-King for the day as we create 10-minute plays. Ten-minute plays are the new rage at theatre festivals and readings and there are lots of opportunities to submit your creation! Any genre, anything you’d like to write about in just 10 pages for the stage. Have fun learning about playwriting with this mini-manageable art form.

Backstory Secrets (8 Seats Available)

Susan Forest
May 28, 2016
10am-3:30 pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

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

Mash-Ups

Renee Bennett
June 4, 2016
10-3:30pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

A mash-up happens when two or more fiction genres combine into one story, such as paranormal romance, or historical detective, or science fiction horror. But how is it done? What goes into such a hybrid, what choices are made, what rules are bent–or broken–to achieve the final product? Come prepared to learn about genres, their traits and tropes. Spend a day discussing them, playing with them, and finding out which genres blend easily with other genres, and which do not, and why. Then discover your own solutions, so you can write your own!

Renée Bennett arrived in Calgary in 1972 and has been endlessly entertained watching the city grow ever since. In 1992 she joined IFWA, the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association, and is now their vice president. She runs In Places Between, the Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, and coordinates the Author Liaison table at When Words Collide. Her own fiction has appeared on CBC Radio, Year’s Best Fantasy, and Rigor Amortis, among other places, and she has been a finalist in Canada’s Aurora Awards five times.

Word Painting (9 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
Saturday
10am-3:30pm
June 4, 2016
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $135

Bring images to life on the page through only the magic of your wordsSpend the day emersed 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.

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: $135

Prose Submissions – 3501 – 10000 words

Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $210

Prose Submissions – 10001 – 50000 words

Member Price: $300
Non-member Price: $360

Prose Submissions – 50001 – 80000 words

Member Price: $500
Non-member Price: $560

Poetry Submissions – Up to 10 pages (poems)

Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $110

Poetry Submissions – 11-25 pages (poems)

Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $210

Poetry Submissions – 26-50 pages (poems)

Member Price: $250
Non-member Price: $310

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

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