2017-2018 Courses & Workshops

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.

Download our 2018 Youth & Home School Brochure as a PDF.

Download our 2018 Winter Courses Brochure as a PDF.

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Youth Courses & Workshops

Spring Writing Camp – March 26-29, 2018 (10 Seats Available)

March 26-29, 2018
9am-4pm
(4 days)
Member Price: $220
Non-member Price: $275

Have adventures! Think and write outside the box! This isn’t your average writing experience. Live what you write, play games, make friends, and have the time of your life with a pen in your hand (other writing implements welcome as well)!

For ages 9-16

Spring Writing Camp – April 3-6, 2018 (12 Seats Available)

April 3-6, 2018
9-4pm
(4 days)
Member Price: $220
Non-member Price: $275

Have adventures! Think and write outside the box! This isn’t your average writing experience. Live what you write, play games, make friends, and have the time of your life with a pen in your hand (other writing implements welcome as well)!

For ages 9-16

Summer Writing Adventures – Aug. 20-24, 2018 (11 Seats Available)

August 20-24, 2018
9-4pm
(5 days)
Member Price: $275
Non-member Price: $340

Have adventures! Think and write outside the box! This isn’t your average writing experience. Live what you write, play games, make friends, and have the time of your life with a pen in your hand (other writing implements welcome as well)!

For ages 8-13

Teen Writing Camp – August 20-24, 2018 (12 Seats Available)

August 20-24, 2018
9-4pm
(5 days)
Member Price: $275
Non-member Price: $340

Have adventures! Think and write outside the box! This isn’t your average writing experience. Live what you write, play games, make friends, and have the time of your life with a pen in your hand (other writing implements welcome as well)!

For ages 13-18

Pen & Panel Comic Creation Club

Sebastien Ringuette and Em Williamson
First and third Thursday
5 PM - 6:30 PM
(September - June)
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $95

Play drawing games, improve your art style, learn to make comics both online and on paper and pitch ideas, plus lots more! Hang out with like-minded artists and comic writers. Work on individual projects or collaborate. Focus on topics that will help you expand your skill set. Ages 12 and up.

Media Club

Kim Firmston
First Monday of Every Month
5 PM - 6:30 PM
(September - May)
Member Price: $40
Non-member Price: $50

Want to play with both writing and technology? This new club will involve both. We’ll try movie making, pod casting, music video creation, stop motion animation, and much more. Short projects just for fun. Let’s see what we can make!

Novelmancers

Kim Firmston
Second Thursday of each month
5 PM - 6:30 PM
(September - June)
Member Price: $40
Non-member Price: $50

Join others hard core youth writers on the epic journey through large and lengthy project. Projects can include Novels, Graphic Novels, Long Non-Fiction projects, and Poetry Collections. Each meeting will include a discussion/education topic, and the ability to have your writing critiqued by the instructors and the group. Take part in NaNoWriMo. Join our write-ins and write a novel in a month! Prizes included!

Summer Writing for Kids

Summer Writing Adventures – Aug. 20-24, 2018 (11 Seats Available)

August 20-24, 2018
9-4pm
(5 days)
Member Price: $275
Non-member Price: $340

Have adventures! Think and write outside the box! This isn’t your average writing experience. Live what you write, play games, make friends, and have the time of your life with a pen in your hand (other writing implements welcome as well)!

For ages 8-13

Teen Writing Camp – August 20-24, 2018 (12 Seats Available)

August 20-24, 2018
9-4pm
(5 days)
Member Price: $275
Non-member Price: $340

Have adventures! Think and write outside the box! This isn’t your average writing experience. Live what you write, play games, make friends, and have the time of your life with a pen in your hand (other writing implements welcome as well)!

For ages 13-18

Home School Writing

Plays, Scripts, And Oral Storytelling for All Ages – 10 Seats Available

Kim Firmston
Mondays
10:30 AM - 12 PM
February 5 (6 weeks)
Member Price: $135
Non-member Price: $170

Tell a story, create a play, act it all out! In this fun, on-your-feet class, the story arc comes to life and characters leap off the page.

Semester: Winter
Level: Elementary Grades; Beginning Writers
Note: No class on February 19 for Family Day

Writing for Beginner Elementary Writers – 10 Seats Available

Kim Firmston
Mondays
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
April 9, 2018 (6 weeks)
Member Price: $135
Non-member Price: $170

Students will learn the basics of sentence structure, spelling, and grammar. They will enjoy learning story structure and creative writing, while having fun using a variety of mediums and media. Storytelling, poetry, advertising, scripts, and a variety of other writing styles will be introduced in an entertaining way.

Semester: Spring
Level: Elementary Grades; Beginning Writers

Writing for Confident Elementary Writers – 10 Seats Available

Kim Firmston
Mondays
1 PM - 2:30 PM
April 9, 2018 (6 weeks)
Member Price: $135
Non-member Price: $170

Students will review the basics of sentence structure, spelling, and grammar, then move on to tenses, point of view, and description. They will cover basic creative writing, poetry, essays, and articles, as well as advertising, scripts, and a variety of other writing styles. Different mediums and media help introduce concepts in an entertaining way.

Semester: Spring
Level: Elementary Grades; Confident Writers

Taking Your Comics to the Next Page for Grades 4 & Up – 12 Seats Available

Sebastien Ringuette
Wednesdays
10:30 AM - 12 PM
April 11, 2018 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

For students already in the thick of making their own comics and comfortable with the basics, but for whom the ideas of ‘polishing’, ‘distributing’, and ‘publishing’ remain cloudy and out of reach. In this class, young cartoonists will work directly with a veteran web cartoonist with 10 years’ experience. Students will bring their work to class with the intention of sharing, refining, receiving guidance, solidifying their presentation, and taking the first steps on the road to putting their work into the world. This is a program for budding cartoonists who know what they want to make, and want it to be the best it can be.

Semester: Spring
Level: Grades 4-12

Creative Writing and Poetry for Junior & Senior High School – 11 Seats Available

Kim Firmston
Wednesdays
1 PM - 2:30 PM
April 11, 2018 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Get those creative juices flowing in this colourful class where we explore wonderful words used to create tantalizing text, suspenseful scripts, and perilous poetry. It’s a journey not to be missed!

Semester: Spring
Level: Junior and Senior High School

Writer in Residence Workshops

Writer in Residence Manuscript Consultation

Sarah L. Johnson
please book date and time through link on WIR page
(45-50 minutes.)
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $50

AWCS members get ONE FREE manuscript consultation. Additional consultations are $50 per consultation.

Non-members are welcome to book a consultation. Each consultation is $50.

 

Creative Collaboration for Introverts (10 Seats Available)

Sarah Johnson
Saturday
10-3:30pm
March 17, 2018
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

From multiple stories in a shared world to a single multi-authored story, how does collaboration work anyway? Find out in this fun hands-on workshop where we’ll throw off the shackles of solitude, put our heads together, and build a story from the ground up.

In the spirit of introverted collaboration, this workshop is structured to give students time to work alone undisturbed, and time to come together and form a hive mind. Each exercise will build on the last and in between we’ll exchange ideas, explore different directions, and formulate our collective vision for moving forward.

Block Busters (10 Seats Available)

Sarah Johnson
Saturday
10-3:30pm
April 14, 2018
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

The dreaded writer’s block. What is it? How does it happen? And most importantly how do we get past it? Be prepared to demolish some obstacles in a workshop that will provide you with the tools for tearing down and tunneling through. Hardhat and steel-toed boots optional.

This workshop is exercise heavy, but they’re not all writing exercises. We’ll write, but we’ll also read, converse, confess, play games, go outside, move our bodies, and meditate. Not every technique will work for every student, but the hope is that everyone will walk away with their own personal sledgehammer, ready to reduce that wall to rubble.

Light in the Darkness (10 Seats Available)

Sarah Johnson
Saturday
10-3:30pm
May 12, 2018
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Whether you’re writing truth or fiction, our work often ventures into dark corners of the heart. Childhood trauma, grief, disease, heartbreak, war, abuse etc. It’s not easy staying healthy and happy while in the trenches of those projects. In this workshop we’ll have discussion and exercises that tackle difficult subjects, interspersed with fun activities, music, and tasty nibbles. As creatives, it’s vital that we develop the ability to shut the door on our work when we need to. Life is beautiful and enjoying it builds an emotional resilience that makes us better writers.

Spring 2018 Feature Workshop

What Publishers Want (and Authors Need): A Workshop with Literary Agent Sam Hiyate (Waitlist)

Sam Hiyate
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10am-5pm
Member Price: $125
Non-member Price: $160

Today’s literary marketplace remains a mystery to up-and-coming writers. Often they ask themselves, what do I do next? How do I write a query letter that will stand out? What are editors really looking for? Most importantly, how do I know that my work is ready to be submitted?

Agent Sam Hiyate will examine the publishing world in Canada, the U.S. and international markets in this one-day workshop. What are the market’s needs, wants, trends and ‘must haves’?

How can you as a writer target your submission to get the attention of an editor or agent? What are the best ways to improve your chances of getting published? Sam will examine the reasons submissions get published, and top reasons most never make it out of the slush pile. Learn about the publishing world and its trends in this invaluable workshop aimed at helping you understand what the market wants.

Bring your query letter for your MS for discussion and critique!

Praise for What Publishers Want: “I can’t remember a more enjoyable and informative presentation. Sam’s stories from the world of publishing vividly illustrated his points. His ability to focus on each person’s work and rearrange elements showed directorial genius… I am very glad I attended and look forward to querying Sam when I am further along in [my writing].”—Tim Christian, Victoria B.C.

Sam Hiyate is a literary agent and president of The Rights Factory, a literary agency in Toronto with an international reach. In his 24-year publishing career, he has worked at literary magazines, small presses and with Globe and Mail, New York Times and international bestselling authors, editing and representing everything from debut fiction, memoir and narrative non- fiction to graphic novels. He has taught writing and publishing for 15 years privately and also at various universities. His most recent project is an online magazine, Don’t Talk to Me About Love, exploring love in literary and artistic works.

 

Writing the Popular Fiction Novel (8 Seats Available)

Kelley Armstrong
Saturday
10am-4:30pm
April 7, 2018 (One Day Only)
Member Price: $160
Non-member Price: $200

Spring 2018 Feature Workshop

Photo Credit: Kathryn Hollinrake

Writing commercial—or “ popular”—fiction is not about writing to a market or writing hemmed in by genre rules. It’s about crafting the fantasy/mystery/SF/romance/horror story you want to tell, while understanding the market and reader expectations. This workshop will dispel some of the myths about writing commercial fiction and take a hard look at how to make your story stand out from the crowd. It will also touch on the business of commercial fiction writing.

 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

10am-4:30pm

cSpace King Edward, Studio Theatre

1721, 29th Ave SW (1st Floor)

Calgary, AB

Light lunch included.

 

Kelley Armstrong is the author of the Rockton series, Cainsville modern gothic series and the Age of Legends YA fantasy trilogy. Past works include Otherworld urban fantasy series, the Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies, the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy and the co-written Blackwell Pages middle-grade fantasy trilogy. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her family.

Cancellation and Refunds for this Workshop

Your registration can be cancelled and you will receive a refund minus a $30 admin fee or a full credit up to March 16, 2018. Sorry, no refunds or credits will be issued after this date.

2018 WO Mitchell Writing Retreat

W.O. Mitchell Writers Retreat – June 8-11, 2018

Self-Directed
June 8-11, 2018
Check in: 2pm June 8
Check out: 11am June 11
Member Price: $450
Non-member Price: $510

Now Open for Registration

Unplug for a weekend of writing with fellow writers at the W.O. Mitchell Retreat Centre just 15 minutes north of Cochrane for the AWCS second annual writing retreat.

More details here.

Non-Member rate includes a one-year membership.

 

*Please note, if you’re unable to make it, and let us know by May 11, 2018, a refund minus a $30 admin fee will be given. Sorry, no refunds or credits will be issued after May 11, 2018.

Writers Roundtable

Fiction Writers Roundtable

Tuesday
7-9pm
February 20, 2018
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $5

Are you a fiction writer looking to connect with other fiction writers? Get advice, share ideas, brainstorm solutions, discuss the pros and cons, process, how to deal with rejection, etc. No topic is off limits. Writing may occur. Sharing encouraged but not mandatory.

Doesn’t matter if you’re a short story writer or a novelist. All genres welcome. Writers of all ages and experience levels welcome. This group can become whatever you want it to be.

Future meetings will be the third Tuesday of every month.

RSVP online or by email to info@alexandrawriters.org

 

Memoir Writers Roundtable

February 20, 2018
10-12pm
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $5

Are you a memoir writer and looking for support from other memoir writers? Get support, advice, share hurdles and experiences.

This session discussion will focus around Truth vs. TRUTH. How creative can you be before straying into the realm of fiction?

Coffee and tea provided.

Register online or RSVP to info@alexandrawriters.org

Drop ins welcome.

 

The Writers' Circle

The Writers’ Circle: The Importance of the Antagonist

Susan Forest
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
February 25, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

How do you craft an antagonist for your story? Should they be evil, or understandable? Can the antagonist be “the uncaring universe”, or does it need to be personal for your protagonist? Antagonists are important in driving the action of a story. Like the protagonist, s/he wants something desperately and will work mightily to get it. The antagonist is the major obstacle between the protagonist and his/her goal, and often the protagonist is drawn into the story because of a need to stop the antagonist. Sometimes writers’ muddy middles are the result of not knowing their antagonists’ desires well enough.

Susan Forest is the Mentor in the Loop for February.

The Writers’ Circle: Grant Writing for Writers

Kirk Miles
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 4, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

Your professional development as a writer, often depends on finding time to write and often a writing grant can help. Building your career as a writer certainly helps if you have some grant writing skills. In this workshop you will learn the best ways to secure funding for your projects. The keys to finding grant funding opportunities and writing award-winning grant proposals are knowing where to find opportunities and understanding what funders want to read. This workshop will give you tips on how to write a grant more effectively and identify those looming opportunities!

This Writers’ Circle will be led by March Mentor in the Loop Kirk Miles.

The Writers’ Circle: General Discussion

Robin van Eck
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 11, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

Come and participate in a lively discussion on all things writing. Ask questions, share stories, commiserate or collaborate!

The Writers’ Circle: Believable Writing and Creative Writing Research

Colin Martin
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 18, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

As Margaret Atwood said in a Masterclass at UCalgary a couple of years ago, “if you’re writing something that takes place in the 1990s, it’s helpful to know the language of the time and when, for instance, when ‘biodegradable’ became a word.” Whether people are writing fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, they need to make the worlds seem credible, and that means doing some homework. In this Writers’ Circle, we can share the techniques and sources that we use to make our works work.

The Writers’ Circle – Marketing

Lori Hahnel
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 25, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

Finishing your story is only the first step. Marketing your story can mean submitting it to publishers or agents. But even after your writing is accepted for publication, you still need to get the published book in front of readers’ eyes. Discuss marketing techniques, leveraging networks, and promoting yourself as a writer.

The Writers’ Circle – It’s All In The Details

Olyn Ozbick
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
April 8, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

How much is too much, how little is too little, and what kinds of details make the difference? Do you prefer to use sensory elements, understatement, or does your prose run wild with a maximum of highly-charged descriptions? Join us to discuss the kinds of descriptions you like use to make your writing jump off the page, and learn about how other writers handle the details.

The Writers’ Circle: Writing at the Speed of Sound

Randy McCharles
Sunday, April 15 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

Everyone has different methods and tricks for being productive. Some of us can write a solid page during a coffee break. Others require several uninterrupted hours to get anything done. Sometimes it’s plain old writers block getting the better of us. What strategies do you use to be productive? How do you turn writing time into quality time? Let’s discuss how to make the most of our writing efforts.

The Writers’ Circle – Tea with your Inner Critic

Wilma Rubens
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
April 22, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

Most writers are plagued by inner voices that stop us in our creative tracks. We will explore how to own them and let them go, by making them characters in a story or small vignettes. By making them ‘real’ we transform them into allies.

The Writers’ Circle: Good Critique/Bad Critique

Carrie Mumford
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
April 29, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

Feedback on our writing can be incredibly helpful, or incredibly hurtful. Come join this discussion about the characteristics of a good critique and learn what to listen to, and what to let go of.

The Writers’ Circle: To Blog or Not?

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
June 17, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

You want a place to store your thoughts online; you want to try your hand at “publishing;” you have a lot to say and you want to share it; you’re an author and you heard you need a “platform.” Whatever your reason, you’re curious about blogging and wonder if it’s for you. Come and discuss the pros and cons with other writers and a mentor who started blogging ten years ago.

Poetry Cafe

Poetry Cafe – February 11

Laurie Fuhr
Sunday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
February 11, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

Imagine a place where poets gather regularly to write new work, share poems, and encourage one another. Poetry Cafe is your oasis and your community. No matter what life has in store, poetry can be part of your life every week. Anticipate occasional surprises and special guests too!

Poetry Cafe combines poetry prompts or exercises to generate poems with workshopping and discussion. It’s great for both emerging and established poets, and it’s open to poets of all ages. Let’s have some fun and write together! Join us to write with prompts from 12:30-1:45 and workshopping from 1:45-2:30. Great for both emerging and established poets and it’s open to poets of all ages. Let’s have some fun and write together.

Poetry Cafe – February 25

Laurie Fuhr
Sunday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
February 25, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

Imagine a place where poets gather regularly to write new work, share poems, and encourage one another. Poetry Cafe is your oasis and your community. No matter what life has in store, poetry can be part of your life every week. Anticipate occasional surprises and special guests too!

Poetry Cafe combines poetry prompts or exercises to generate poems with workshopping and discussion. It’s great for both emerging and established poets, and it’s open to poets of all ages. Let’s have some fun and write together! Join us to write with prompts from 12:30-1:45 and workshopping from 1:45-2:30. Great for both emerging and established poets and it’s open to poets of all ages. Let’s have some fun and write together.

Poetry Cafe – March 4

Laurie Fuhr
Sunday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
March 4, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

Imagine a place where poets gather regularly to write new work, share poems, and encourage one another. Poetry Cafe is your oasis and your community. No matter what life has in store, poetry can be part of your life every week. Anticipate occasional surprises and special guests too!

Poetry Cafe combines poetry prompts or exercises to generate poems with workshopping and discussion. It’s great for both emerging and established poets, and it’s open to poets of all ages. Let’s have some fun and write together! Join us to write with prompts from 12:30-1:45 and workshopping from 1:45-2:30. Great for both emerging and established poets and it’s open to poets of all ages. Let’s have some fun and write together.

Write Nite

Mini Writing Retreat with Susan Forest

Susan Forest
Friday
6 PM - 9 PM
February 23, 2018
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $5

Looking for some time to work on a project of your own? Need the power of accountability to start your words flowing? Join February Mentor in the Loop Susan Forest for a mini writing retreat. Spend a few hours of dedicated effort and be amazed at what you produce–plus, you can bring a question or two and get a mentor’s assistance. Ready, set? Write!

Write Nite with Maraya Loza Koxahn

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Friday
7 PM - 9 PM
June 15, 2018
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $5

Grab a glass of wine (or other beverage), a pen and paper and join us for Write Nite… Spend two hours with kindred spirits, a glass of wine, a pen and paper. If needed, there will be 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.

Advanced Poetry Manuscript Workshop

Advanced Poetry Manuscript Workshop Registration

Vivian Hansen
Wednesdays
7 PM - 9 PM
April 4, 2018 (12 weeks)
Member Price: $500
Non-member Price: N/A

About the Advanced Manuscript Workshop

Applications are now closed. This registration is only for those accepted into the program. Contact AWCS for more details.

Do you have a significant group of poems but you’re uncertain how or whether to fit them together as a poetry manuscript? Are you struggling to maintain a consistent voice across your collection? Is there a voice that readers can’t quite hear? A theme that fails to pay off? The feeling that your book could just be better?

This 12-week advanced poetry manuscript class is designed for you. Whether you’re working on a chapbook, collection, or book-length poetry manuscript, eight students will be selected to participate in this half class/half mentorship program. Over 12 weeks the group will work on voice and tone, style, theme, character, and organization, through peer review, reading successful works of literature, group discussion, in-class exercises, and directed exercises between classes. Exercises will be general enough to focus on your own current work in progress.

Each participant will also receive two one-on-one manuscript consultations with the facilitator over the duration of this course.

 

Mentor In the Loop (February)

Mini Writing Retreat with Susan Forest

Susan Forest
Friday
6 PM - 9 PM
February 23, 2018
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $5

Looking for some time to work on a project of your own? Need the power of accountability to start your words flowing? Join February Mentor in the Loop Susan Forest for a mini writing retreat. Spend a few hours of dedicated effort and be amazed at what you produce–plus, you can bring a question or two and get a mentor’s assistance. Ready, set? Write!

Mentorship Conversation with Susan Forest – 10 Seats Available

Susan Forest
times vary
February 22, 23, 24, 25
Member Price: $25
Non-member Price: $35

Mentorships sessions are conversations–a chance for new and emerging writers to discuss their writing and ask questions of an established, experienced writer. Whether you are looking at how to get published, how to overcome writer’s block, or how to address lingering self-doubt, the mentor will encourage and support you in all your writing goals. Whatever you need, the Mentor has been there.

Blue Pencil Session with Susan Forest – 8 Seats Available

Susan Forest
Saturday & Sunday
times vary
February 24 & 25
Member Price: $20
Non-member Price: $25

Meet with the Mentor in the Loop for a half-hour intensive Blue Pencil session. Submit a sample of your writing (no more than 8 pages, double-spaced) ahead of your session and the Mentor will go over it with you with an editor’s eyes.

The Writers’ Circle: The Importance of the Antagonist

Susan Forest
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
February 25, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

How do you craft an antagonist for your story? Should they be evil, or understandable? Can the antagonist be “the uncaring universe”, or does it need to be personal for your protagonist? Antagonists are important in driving the action of a story. Like the protagonist, s/he wants something desperately and will work mightily to get it. The antagonist is the major obstacle between the protagonist and his/her goal, and often the protagonist is drawn into the story because of a need to stop the antagonist. Sometimes writers’ muddy middles are the result of not knowing their antagonists’ desires well enough.

Susan Forest is the Mentor in the Loop for February.

Mentor in the Loop (March)

Making Poetry: Inspiration and Creating Material – 10 Seats Available

Kirk Miles
Wednesday
10 AM - 2:30 PM
February 28
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

Are you a closet poet? Scribbled a few poems and now you want to try putting together a chapbook? Have you written a significant amount of poetry in the past and now you are blocked? This workshop provides you with a concrete methodology for creating text. Based on a proven methodology this lecture and writing exercise will help pave the way to create a body of poetic work. Don’t wait around for inspiration to fall off a shelf and hit you in the head. Learn how to take control of your imagination now.

Poetry and the Lyric: Putting Words to Music – 10 Seats Available

Kirk Miles
Thursday
1 PM - 3 PM
March 1, 2018
Member Price: $35
Non-member Price: $50

“Combining words and music makes us listen to each of them longer than we would by themselves.” David Byrne, of the Talking Heads

Working with musicians can be a very creative and artistically stimulating endeavour. The combination of poetry and music is not a new phenomenon but I believe it is becoming a more prevalent one. For example, both the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival and Calgary’s Wordfest have dedicated nights that showcase poetry with music. The first part of this workshop will deal with the theoretical concept behind combining music with your words and will give some examples.

In the next part of the workshop will discuss two different structures of text and sound, and explain how they differ. I will also include examples. Finally I will give a list of tips and etiquette for working with musicians. Throughout the workshop there will be hands-on exercises for the students so they have an opportunity to practice their skills.

Mentorship Conversation with Kirk Miles – 9 Seats Available

Kirk Miles
times vary
March 1 - March 4 (30 minutes)
Member Price: $25
Non-member Price: $35

Mentorships sessions are conversations–a chance for new and emerging writers to discuss their writing and ask questions of an established, experienced writer. Whether you are looking at how to get published, how to overcome writer’s block, or how to address lingering self-doubt, the mentor will encourage and support you in all your writing goals. Whatever you need, the Mentor has been there.

Blue Pencil Session with Kirk Miles – 12 Seats Available

Kirk Miles
times vary
March 1 - March 4 (30 minutes)
Member Price: $20
Non-member Price: $25

Meet with the Mentor in the Loop for a half-hour intensive Blue Pencil session. Submit a sample of your writing (no more than 8 pages, double-spaced) ahead of your session and the Mentor will go over it with you with an editor’s eyes.

The Writers’ Circle: Grant Writing for Writers

Kirk Miles
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 4, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

Your professional development as a writer, often depends on finding time to write and often a writing grant can help. Building your career as a writer certainly helps if you have some grant writing skills. In this workshop you will learn the best ways to secure funding for your projects. The keys to finding grant funding opportunities and writing award-winning grant proposals are knowing where to find opportunities and understanding what funders want to read. This workshop will give you tips on how to write a grant more effectively and identify those looming opportunities!

This Writers’ Circle will be led by March Mentor in the Loop Kirk Miles.

Mentor in the Loop (June)

Mentorship Conversations with Maraya Loza Koxahn – 10 Seats Available

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
times vary
(30 minutes)
Member Price: $25
Non-member Price: $35

Mentorships sessions are conversations–a chance for new and emerging writers to discuss their writing and ask questions of an established, experienced writer. Whether you are looking at how to get published, how to overcome writer’s block, or how to address lingering self-doubt, the mentor will encourage and support you in all your writing goals. Whatever you need, the Mentor has been there.

Blue Pencil Sessions with Maraya Loza Koxahn – 10 Seats Available

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
times vary
(30 minutes)
Member Price: $20
Non-member Price: $25

Meet with the Mentor in the Loop for a half-hour intensive Blue Pencil session. Submit a sample of your writing (6-10 pages, double-spaced) ahead of your session and the Mentor will go over it with you with an editor’s eyes.

The Second Draft – 10 Seats Available

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Wednesday
7-10pm
June13, 2018
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

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. We will discuss proper manuscript format, common errors, better word choices, critiquing, and proper punctuation practices. Bring the first page of a book or story – double-spaced (no more than 250 words) OR one page of (mostly) dialogue.

Write Nite with Maraya Loza Koxahn

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Friday
7 PM - 9 PM
June 15, 2018
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: $5

Grab a glass of wine (or other beverage), a pen and paper and join us for Write Nite… Spend two hours with kindred spirits, a glass of wine, a pen and paper. If needed, there will be 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.

Vision Boards – 10 Seats Available

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Saturday
10 AM - 1 PM
June 16, 2018
Member Price: $25
Non-member Price: $35

It’s halfway through the year and you haven’t made any strides toward this year’s goals. Maybe you need to create a vision board to anchor it in. Or, create a poster to provide you with prompts or focus for your writing. You’ll spontaneously create a collage with words and images that you intuitively choose. Or, maybe you already have images in mind and have some to bring. This will largely be a self-directed workshop with group instruction at the beginning, on-going guidance, and group closure. Materials provided.

The Writers’ Circle: To Blog or Not?

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
June 17, 2018
Member Price: $10
Non-member Price: $20

You want a place to store your thoughts online; you want to try your hand at “publishing;” you have a lot to say and you want to share it; you’re an author and you heard you need a “platform.” Whatever your reason, you’re curious about blogging and wonder if it’s for you. Come and discuss the pros and cons with other writers and a mentor who started blogging ten years ago.

Shorter Weekly Courses

How to Make a Stranger Cry on the C-Train (6 Seats Available)

Vickie Veldhoen
Mondays
7-10pm
March 26, 2018 (5 weeks)
Member Price: $125
Non-member Price: $160

A course on writing compelling personal essays.

Have you ever read an essay from a friend that was so heart-breakingly good that you
immediately wanted to kill them? If so, then you may be a writer. Learn how to deal with your green-eyed literary envy by examining the techniques that make the best personal essays extraordinary. From the snort-inducing hilarity of David Sedaris, to the gut-punching devastation of Cheryl Strayed, you’ll come away from this course with the knowledge of how to captivate an audience with your life story.

About the Instructor

Vickie is currently completing her MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College. By day she tests for diseases in itty bitty babies, but by night she writes about oddities (both real and imagined). She has published embarrassing personal essays, old-fashioned sonnets, and dozens of snarky ghost-written blog posts.

Crafting Memorable Characters (10 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
Wednesdays
10AM - 1PM
May 30, 2018 (5 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Whether you’re writing short stories, a novel or creative nonfiction, at the heart of any good story are the characters in it. In this five week course you will discover how to build and bring to life complex, vivid and memorable characters. Through discussion and writing exercises (in class and at home) we will discuss the choices a writer makes to bring their characters to life and practice various techniques to create a variety of characters, learn how to use our own life experiences and the people we know to develop complex inner and outer lives for our characters and how this can lead to richer, more interesting stories.

No experience necessary.

8 Week Courses - Evening

How to Make a Stranger Cry on the C-Train (6 Seats Available)

Vickie Veldhoen
Mondays
7-10pm
March 26, 2018 (5 weeks)
Member Price: $125
Non-member Price: $160

A course on writing compelling personal essays.

Have you ever read an essay from a friend that was so heart-breakingly good that you
immediately wanted to kill them? If so, then you may be a writer. Learn how to deal with your green-eyed literary envy by examining the techniques that make the best personal essays extraordinary. From the snort-inducing hilarity of David Sedaris, to the gut-punching devastation of Cheryl Strayed, you’ll come away from this course with the knowledge of how to captivate an audience with your life story.

About the Instructor

Vickie is currently completing her MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College. By day she tests for diseases in itty bitty babies, but by night she writes about oddities (both real and imagined). She has published embarrassing personal essays, old-fashioned sonnets, and dozens of snarky ghost-written blog posts.

Writing Memoir – 9 Seats Available

Karen Lee
Mondays
7 PM - 9 PM
March 19, 2018 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $200
Non-member Price: $250

Are you interested in telling your life story, or exploring your family’s history through storytelling? Do you have a unique journey you’d like to write about, either for yourself or for an audience? Find a starting point to share your story. Learn how to choose relevant information about your life and episodes that will grab your reader’s attention. Develop skills that will help you tell the story of your lifetime.

The Artist’s Way – 9 Seats Available

Caroline Russell-King
Thursdays
7 PM - 9 PM
March 22, 2018 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $200
Non-member Price: $250

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today–or perhaps even more so–than it was when it was first published one decade ago. Playwright Caroline Russell-King will lead you through the 12 steps to creating provocative and inspiring work and personal artistic success whether you are a poet, playwright, prose writer or visual artist.

Creative Writing Level II (Spring) – 7 Seats Available

Lori Hahnel
Wednesdays
7 PM - 9 PM
March 28, 2018 (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

The First Three Chapters (10 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
Mondays
7-9:30pm
April 30, 2018 (8 Weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $300

This 8-week course is 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.

There will be no class on Victoria Day. (May 21, 2018)

Creative Writing Basics (Evening) – 10 Seats Available

Olyn Ozbick
Thursdays
6:30PM - 9:30PM
May 3, 2018 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $300

Learn the basics of creative writing in 8 weeks. This course is designed for the beginner writer who knows they want to write or maybe haven’t taken a creative writing class in a long time. Learn the basics of writing: character, setting, plot, dialogue and so much more, to get you well on your way to writing great short stories, creative nonfiction or novel length manuscripts. You can expect lecture, discussion, in-class writing exercises, writing outside of class, and an introduction to giving and receiving feedback on your work.

8 Week Courses - Daytime

Writing Memoir When Your Story is Difficult (Winter) – 3 Seats Available

Karen Lee
Wednesdays
10-1pm
March 14, 2018 (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

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

Maraya Loza Koxahn
Thursdays
10 AM - 12 PM
March 22, 2018 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $200
Non-member Price: $250

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.

Creative Writing Basics (Daytime) – 10 Seats Available

Madelaine Wong
Tuesdays
9 AM - 12 PM
April 24, 2018 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $300

Learn the basics of creative writing in 8 weeks. This course is designed for the beginner writer who knows they want to write or maybe haven’t taken a creative writing class in a long time. Learn the basics of writing: character, setting, plot, dialogue and so much more, to get you well on your way to writing great short stories, creative nonfiction or novel length manuscripts. You can expect lecture, discussion, in-class writing exercises, writing outside of class, and an introduction to giving and receiving feedback on your work.

Own Your Own Story – Personal Writing (10 Seats Available)

Ellen Kelly
Thursdays
10 AM - 12 PM
May 3, 2018 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $200
Non-member Price: $250


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 types including descriptive, narrative, how to, comparison/contrast, argument/persuasion and more.  These are not formal essays – just a way to touch readers with your personal writing. Through discussion of characterization, scene, narration, theme and voice, discover the best way to tell your true stories.  Markets and publication will be discussed throughout. Specific interests of the class participants will be addressed and sharing is encouraged.

Ellen Kelly Blog

Crafting Memorable Characters (10 Seats Available)

Robin van Eck
Wednesdays
10AM - 1PM
May 30, 2018 (5 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Whether you’re writing short stories, a novel or creative nonfiction, at the heart of any good story are the characters in it. In this five week course you will discover how to build and bring to life complex, vivid and memorable characters. Through discussion and writing exercises (in class and at home) we will discuss the choices a writer makes to bring their characters to life and practice various techniques to create a variety of characters, learn how to use our own life experiences and the people we know to develop complex inner and outer lives for our characters and how this can lead to richer, more interesting stories.

No experience necessary.

12 Week Courses

3-Month Novel Project (Waitlist)

Sarah L. Johnson
Tuesdays
7-9pm
March 6, 2018 (12 weeks)
Member Price: $300
Non-member Price: $375

SPRING 2018

Powering through to a complete first draft in 12 weeks.

This course is all about what Anne Lamott famously refers to as “shitty first drafts.”  A gentler more realistic version of the well known 30-day challenge, 3MoNoPro is designed to offer the support, information, and tough love you need to get you across that finish line to your very own garbage, but nevertheless complete, first draft.

Each class will look at a different element of writing with an eye toward finding inspiration in our obstacles. Through exercises, word count tracking (goal of approx. 6000 words per week), and sharing our shitty pages, we’ll cheer each other on and finish what we start.

This course is for writers of all levels. Whether you’re just starting, half way through or almost done a manuscript, sign up and by week 12 you could very well be typing THE END.

Out On A Limb

Out on a Limb (Who’s On First?) – 10 Seats Available

Anne Metikosh
Saturday
10 AM - 2 PM
March 10, 2018
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

The characters in your story and the roles they fill. Who else is affected by what your protagonist is doing? Do they help or do they hinder? Participants are asked to bring some relevant work to share with the group. You are welcome to linger and chat or work on your novel in the Salon after the workshop is done.

Out on a Limb (A Dark and Stormy Night) – 10 Seats Available

Anne Metikosh
Saturday
10 AM - 2 PM
April 21, 2018
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

How place, time and, yes, weather, affect story. A look at the basics of worldbuilding. Participants are asked to bring some relevant work to share with the group. You are welcome to linger and chat or work on your novel in the Salon after the workshop is done.

Out on a Limb (Glued to the Page) – 10 Seats Available

Anne Metikosh
Saturday
10 AM - 2 PM
May 5, 2018
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

Once you’ve hooked a reader, how do you keep her reading? Applying subtle tension to character, dialogue and setting. Participants are asked to bring some relevant work to share with the group. Sign up for all six sessions for the price of five, or register individually for the workshops that are most relevant to you. You are welcome to linger and chat or work on your novel in the Salon after the workshop is done.

Out on a Limb (Second Guessing Yourself) – 10 Seats Available

Anne Metikosh
Saturday
10 AM - 2 PM
June 16, 2018
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

Taking a red pencil to your own work and learning to say ‘enough is enough’. Participants are asked to bring some relevant work to share with the group. Sign up for all six sessions for the price of five, or register individually for the workshops that are most relevant to you. You are welcome to linger and chat or work on your novel in the Salon after the workshop is done.

March Workshops

What Publishers Want (and Authors Need): A Workshop with Literary Agent Sam Hiyate (Waitlist)

Sam Hiyate
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10am-5pm
Member Price: $125
Non-member Price: $160

Today’s literary marketplace remains a mystery to up-and-coming writers. Often they ask themselves, what do I do next? How do I write a query letter that will stand out? What are editors really looking for? Most importantly, how do I know that my work is ready to be submitted?

Agent Sam Hiyate will examine the publishing world in Canada, the U.S. and international markets in this one-day workshop. What are the market’s needs, wants, trends and ‘must haves’?

How can you as a writer target your submission to get the attention of an editor or agent? What are the best ways to improve your chances of getting published? Sam will examine the reasons submissions get published, and top reasons most never make it out of the slush pile. Learn about the publishing world and its trends in this invaluable workshop aimed at helping you understand what the market wants.

Bring your query letter for your MS for discussion and critique!

Praise for What Publishers Want: “I can’t remember a more enjoyable and informative presentation. Sam’s stories from the world of publishing vividly illustrated his points. His ability to focus on each person’s work and rearrange elements showed directorial genius… I am very glad I attended and look forward to querying Sam when I am further along in [my writing].”—Tim Christian, Victoria B.C.

Sam Hiyate is a literary agent and president of The Rights Factory, a literary agency in Toronto with an international reach. In his 24-year publishing career, he has worked at literary magazines, small presses and with Globe and Mail, New York Times and international bestselling authors, editing and representing everything from debut fiction, memoir and narrative non- fiction to graphic novels. He has taught writing and publishing for 15 years privately and also at various universities. His most recent project is an online magazine, Don’t Talk to Me About Love, exploring love in literary and artistic works.

 

Manuscript Submission – 10 Seats Available

Susan Forest
Saturday & Sunday
10 AM - 3:30 PM
March 3 & 4
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $225

Typing “The End” is just the beginning of manuscript submission. Revision and editing, researching fiction markets, publishers and agents, creating your pitch and synopsis, and schmoozing, are just a few of the skills you need to develop in order to submit your manuscript. You’ll also need to consider what publishing route is best for your project (Big Pub, Small Press or Indie), contracts, and career planning. And that doesn’t include building your fan base, book blurbs, back cover copy, launches, awards, and financial management. This short, weekend intensive will touch on multiple areas briefly, raising questions for you to consider as you take your manuscript to the next level.

Backstory Secrets – 7 Seats Available

Susan Forest
March 10, 2018
10am-3:30 pm
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

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!

Out on a Limb (Who’s On First?) – 10 Seats Available

Anne Metikosh
Saturday
10 AM - 2 PM
March 10, 2018
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

The characters in your story and the roles they fill. Who else is affected by what your protagonist is doing? Do they help or do they hinder? Participants are asked to bring some relevant work to share with the group. You are welcome to linger and chat or work on your novel in the Salon after the workshop is done.

Under Cover – 10 Seats Available

Axel Howerton
Saturday
10 AM - 3:30 PM
March 10, 2018
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Learn how to create your own cover art, what sells, what doesn’t, which programs you can use to save a buck, how to format, and where to draw the lines to make your cover look professional on a dime budget.

Digital Fiction and Digital Poetry – 9 Seats Available

Heather Osborne
Saturday
10 AM - 3:30 PM
March 17, 2018
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Most of the things we write are published in print–as a chapbook, in an anthology, or as a book. But what about writing fiction that is intended to be read on a screen or on the Internet? By adding links, images, or even music, you can add layers of meaning and resonance to your writing. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to use a free program called Twine which can create digital fiction and poetry.

Note: A laptop is necessary for this workshop.

Mapping A Novel – 10 Seats Available

Anne Metikosh
Saturday & Sunday
10 AM - 4:30 PM
March 24 & 25
Member Price: $185
Non-member Price: $230

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 the workshop, you should have an integrated plan to follow as you write. This class involves brainstorming and discussion. Materials provided.

April Workshops

Writing for the Middle Grades – 10 Seats Available

Carolyn Pogue
Saturday
10 AM - 3:30 PM
April 28, 2018
Member Price: 75
Non-member Price: 100

Are you up for the challenge? Writing for readers from aged 8 to 12 is a great experience. They live in a demanding world and writers have an opportunity to share that world in unique ways. We will explore some of the chapter books currently being enjoyed by this age group (bring one of your favourites), we will write, and we will offer encouragement and critique to others striving to get words into the hands and hearts of young readers. If you have a chapter book on the go, bring the first three pages to share.

Writing the Popular Fiction Novel (8 Seats Available)

Kelley Armstrong
Saturday
10am-4:30pm
April 7, 2018 (One Day Only)
Member Price: $160
Non-member Price: $200

Spring 2018 Feature Workshop

Photo Credit: Kathryn Hollinrake

Writing commercial—or “ popular”—fiction is not about writing to a market or writing hemmed in by genre rules. It’s about crafting the fantasy/mystery/SF/romance/horror story you want to tell, while understanding the market and reader expectations. This workshop will dispel some of the myths about writing commercial fiction and take a hard look at how to make your story stand out from the crowd. It will also touch on the business of commercial fiction writing.

 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

10am-4:30pm

cSpace King Edward, Studio Theatre

1721, 29th Ave SW (1st Floor)

Calgary, AB

Light lunch included.

 

Kelley Armstrong is the author of the Rockton series, Cainsville modern gothic series and the Age of Legends YA fantasy trilogy. Past works include Otherworld urban fantasy series, the Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies, the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy and the co-written Blackwell Pages middle-grade fantasy trilogy. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her family.

Cancellation and Refunds for this Workshop

Your registration can be cancelled and you will receive a refund minus a $30 admin fee or a full credit up to March 16, 2018. Sorry, no refunds or credits will be issued after this date.

Writing With Emotion – 10 Seats Available

Karen Lee
Saturday
10 AM - 3:30 PM
April 21, 2018
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Emotions are one of the more difficult things to get right in our writing. Digging deep is necessary to get at the reality of emotion in your writing.  Make it real whether you are writing creative non-fiction or fiction by tapping into your own experience of grief, sorrow, or ecstatic happiness. Find ways to show, not tell, and have the reader really “get” what your characters are going through.

Out on a Limb (A Dark and Stormy Night) – 10 Seats Available

Anne Metikosh
Saturday
10 AM - 2 PM
April 21, 2018
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

How place, time and, yes, weather, affect story. A look at the basics of worldbuilding. Participants are asked to bring some relevant work to share with the group. You are welcome to linger and chat or work on your novel in the Salon after the workshop is done.

Writing and Publishing Children’s Picture Books – 6 Seats Available

Olyn Ozbick
Saturday
10 AM - 3:30 PM
April 7, 2018
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Have you always wanted to write a children’s picture book but aren’t sure just how to start? Or have you started writing a story for young children and aren’t sure how to finish? Bring your ideas, questions and enthusiasm to Writing and Publishing Children’s Picture Books. In this hands-on workshop we will discuss just what makes a picture book stand out from the crowd, how to write, edit, plan pages, develop graphics and work with illustrators, then pitch to editors or self-publish. Olyn Ozbick is the author of The Davy Rule, a picture book for K-3.

Know Your Ancestors – 9 Seats Available

Wilma Rubens
Saturday
10 AM - 3:30 PM
April 14, 2018
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Bring photos, letters, artefacts or stories to help you explore, reflect and write about your place in the history of your family. Imaginative exercises and meditations will enable you to glean the wisdom and legacy of your bloodline. Create stories to enrich future generations.

Introduction to Storyboarding – 10 Seats Available

Vytai John Brannan
Saturday
10 AM - 3:30 PM
April 28 2018
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

No drawing skills required!. If you can draw a stickman you can draw a storyboard sequence. Introduction to Storyboarding provides a hands-on experience of breaking down a textual narrative and going through the process of drawing short 7 frame storyboard sequence. Topics include the technical function of storyboards in film production, storyboard terminology, the difference between comics and storyboards. All materials are provided (this includes a written narrative, pencils, markers, erasers, pencil sharpener, rulers, a storyboard stencil and paper). Bring yourself and your desire to explore a different way of telling a story.

May Workshops

Writing for Reconciliation – 10 Seats Available

Carolyn Pogue
Saturday
10 AM - 3:30 PM
May 5, 2018
Member Price: 75
Non-member Price: 100

This is a unique opportunity to explore reconciliation on many levels through gentle free-fall exercises. Writers will be invited into conversation and exercises that help us look at what we learned as children and what we’re learning today about history. The Alberta school curriculum is changing to include the truth about Indigenous peoples. As adults, we too can see our history — and our future — through a new lens. Our pens will help us share our memories and shape our vision. Just in time for National Aboriginal Day, too!

Out on a Limb (Glued to the Page) – 10 Seats Available

Anne Metikosh
Saturday
10 AM - 2 PM
May 5, 2018
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

Once you’ve hooked a reader, how do you keep her reading? Applying subtle tension to character, dialogue and setting. Participants are asked to bring some relevant work to share with the group. Sign up for all six sessions for the price of five, or register individually for the workshops that are most relevant to you. You are welcome to linger and chat or work on your novel in the Salon after the workshop is done.

Less is More: Erotic Haiku Workshop (10 Seats Available)

Terry Ann Carter
Monday
10am-2:30pm
May 14, 2018
Member Price: $65
Non-member Price: $80

Learning from classical Japanese masters and contemporary poets, Terry Ann Carter will lead a writing workshop on erotic haiku. Beginning with the basic elements of North American English haiku, then moving to erotic haiku, this workshop will appeal to beginners as well as more advanced poets. Techniques, style, and editing skills will be covered in the morning workshop.

After lunch, participants will make a “Book of Hearts” for favourite haiku. A flutter book structure and small tag book will also be taught. There will be a collection of artist’s books for inspiration and demonstration.

Participants are required to bring a writing notebook or tablet for the morning session, and papers (maps, gift wrap, ephemera) for the afternoon session.

A $5 additional supplies fee is included in the registration fee.

Terry Ann Carter is a poet and paper artist living in Victoria, British Columbia. As president of Haiku Canada, she has given haiku and small book making workshops in Canada, France, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Panama, and the U.S. She has published five collections of lyric poetry and five chapbooks of haiku. Her “Lighting the Global Lantern: A Teacher’s Guide to Japanese Literary Forms” (Wintergreen Studios Press, 2013) is found in Canadian and American classrooms. (www.terryanncarter.com)

June Workshops

Your Muse Is In: 10 Ways to Achieve Uber Creativity (10 Seats Available)

Sharon McLeay
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10-2:30pm
June 12-14, 2018 (13.5 hours)
Member Price: $175
Non-member Price: $215

Calling all Humans with Goals, Dreamers, Creatives & Creative Wannabes. Do you recognize creativity as a central source of meaning in your life? Do you feel your Muse has become somewhat uninspiring, is taking too many coffee breaks and vacations or simply gone AWOL? If so it’s time to call in the creative big guns. The 9 Modern Day Muses (and a bodyguard) are trained to offer SWAT (special ways and tactics) service to innovative folks like you who are interested in maximizing your creativity. The Muses believe mortals who are meant to create but don’t become cranky and uninspired. Crankiness calls for a do-over to suppress any grumpiness, surliness, and most importantly, lost potential. Meet Your Muse invites you to experience the reverie and awe that comes from entering the realm of a mysterious new process designed to Amp up your star-studded 2018 creative life. A process featuring all forms of creativity limited only by your imagination and what you feel comfortable with (e.g. art, writing, puppeteering, humour, costuming, acting.)

WARNING: Participants may experience inordinately high levels of fun, permanent smiles, multiple roars of laughter and entertainment.

Fee includes: $25 supplies fee.

Out on a Limb (Second Guessing Yourself) – 10 Seats Available

Anne Metikosh
Saturday
10 AM - 2 PM
June 16, 2018
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

Taking a red pencil to your own work and learning to say ‘enough is enough’. Participants are asked to bring some relevant work to share with the group. Sign up for all six sessions for the price of five, or register individually for the workshops that are most relevant to you. You are welcome to linger and chat or work on your novel in the Salon after the workshop is done.

Enrich your Writing with Metaphor (10 Seats Available)

Josephine LoRe
Saturday
10am-3:30pm
June 16, 2018
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

We write and wish to be understood on a literal level, but resonating beneath the literal are layers and layers of abstract, corollary or symbolic undertones … How can we purposefully insert metaphor into our writing, be it in our poetry or our prose?

Here are the words of Pablo Neruda, in El Viento en La Isla (The Wind on the Island) –

The wind is a horse:

hear how he runs

through the sea, through the sky.

He wants to take me away; listen

how he travels the world

to take me far from here

And the opening lines to Jesse Ruddock’s 2017 novel Shot-Blue:

She hated the narrow dirt mile between their trailer and town. She wanted to erase it the same way she might spit and rub a number off the back of her hand.

Come with paper and pen, come ready to be challenged to expand your thinking and find evocative and innovative ways to express your ideas, thoughts and imagery. The power of metaphor, the power of the word.

Vision, Voice & Story: Journaling to Memoir (10 Seats Available)

Sharon McLeay
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10-2:30pm
June 19-21, 2018 (13.5 hours)
Member Price: $165
Non-member Price: $205

Memoir is more than just a collection of stories. It is an echoing of voices through time—of both writer and characters. The writer’s injection of values, beliefs and hopes into story, place and time. A unique way of revealing fact using fictional devices that leads to a special understanding between author and reader. Vision, Voice & Story is a hands-on 3-day course that will lead you through the back door of journal writing to new ways of exploring and developing your memoir. You will learn up to 16 practical techniques you can use in a supplied “Memoir Journal” to help you better understand your memoir focus, establish authentic voices infused with your values and beliefs, generate stories and explore methods to turn anarchy into order.

Fee includes: $15 supplies fee

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

Prose Submissions – 80,001 – 100,000 words

Member Price: $650
Non-member Price: $850

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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