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Readings, writings & more

A Speaker Series: Writing Woes, Worries and Wows: On Writing Poetry

April 21, 2015 | 7-8:30pm | Owl’s Nest Books, 815A, 49th Ave SW

Poets abound. As writers, we often wonder why we do what we do. Why do we put ourselves through long sleepless nights and bouts of impenetrable self-doubt? And if you’re a poet, where’s the success, where’s the recognition? Why do we carry on?

Join AWCS Writer in Residence, Lauren Carter and poet, Micheline Maylor, for an open discussion on the good, the bad and the ugly on writing poetry.

Lots of laughs, maybe tears, and poetry.

Register online at www.alexandrawriters.org or pay at the door (cash only)

Just Write Wednesdays

Can’t find the time to write at home? Longing for a different venue, with like-minded individuals? Come down to AWCS for 3 hours of open writing time. All you need to bring is your favourite writing medium and a current project to work on. Work at your own pace on your own stuff. Everyone welcome.

AWCS Members: Free | Non-members: $5

Daytime Sessions: Every Wednesday (January to June) 10am to 1pm

Evening Sessions: Due to space limitations the evening sessions occur on specific days. 6:30-9:30pm 

Upcoming Evening Session Dates: April 29 | May 13 & 27 | June TBD 

Please Register in advance by email to info@alexandrawriters.org 

Open Mics at Owl’s Nest Books

Join AWCS the last Wednesday of the month – September to April – in the coziness of Owl’s Nest Books, for some fun and entertainment with our new monthly open mic events. Support and encourage fellow writers. Read from works in progress or newly published works. Become a face in local literary circles.  EVERYONE WELCOME!

Next Open Mic: April 29, 2015 | 7pm | Owl’s Nest Books (815A, 49th Ave SW, Britannia Shopping Centre)

This is the last open mic of the season. You don’t want to miss it.

Calgary Reads presents Reading Town: May 2-9, 2015

Inglewood and Ramsay will become the hub of Reading Town Canada in Calgary; one of two national sites for this year’s events. All week long, reading will be woven into fun activities and lively interactive events designed for ‘kids’ of all ages! Community and business associations, local schools and businesses and – Calgary Reads- are all involved. For a complete list of events during the week go to: Calgary Reads

Check out these great events that the Alexandra Writers Centre is involved in.

Read Your Way Through Inglewood and Ramsey

Brought to you by Calgary Reads, Find It Calgary and The Alexandra Writers Centre Society

When:  anytime from May 2nd to  May 9th

Where: start at the Alexandra Centre, 922-9th Ave SE (at the corner of 9th St and 9th Ave SE) and end up at Café Gravity, 909-10 St SE.

How:  Plan for about an hour’s walk, including reading time.  Suitable for all ages. 

Every old neighborhood has its secrets, a shadow history known to few, and discussed by none. In an area of the city known for its historical landmarks and pedestrian traffic, there is a game afoot, and our man, Linc, is only the latest in a very long line of players. Join him as he’s drawn into the mystery of Calgary’s oldest established community tradition.

This new original story, Thank You for Playing, takes you on a secret walk not just through neighbourhoods, but into the story itself.  Starting at the Alexandra Centre at 9th Ave and 9th St SE, each page of the story is on a lawn sign, and each sign will tell you where to find the next one – 12 pages altogether, with your walk woven right into the story!  Thank you for playing!

Sarah L. Johnson lives in Calgary where she can be found reading, running, and kicking over rocks to see what’s underneath. Her short fiction has appeared in Room Magazine, Plenitude, Crossed Genres Magazine, and the Bram Stoker nominated Dark Visions 1. Her first novel, Infractus, will be published in late 2015. She is a member of the Alexandra Writers Centre Society.

find it is a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to animating our sister communities of Inglewood and Ramsay through pop-up arts, culture and food events.  Heading into the 3rd year of our popular Inglewood Night Markets, we’re also excited to be planning 3 big new pop-ups for 2015 (think garage bands, sculpture mania and live music jams where you least expect them).  www.finditcalgary.ca

Where Coffee and Reading Collide | May 6, 2015 | 6-8pm | Rosso Coffee Roasters, 803 24 Avenue Southeast #15  

Because you love reading, and writers love to write, drop by for a cup of java at Rosso Coffee Roasters, May 6, 2015 from 6-8pm to hear two great local writers read from their recent novels.

Lauren Carter, the author of Swarm, comes from The Pas, Manitoba and is the current Writer in Residence for the Alexandra Writers Centre Society.

Kim McCullough, the author of Clearwater, lives right here in Calgary. Get a chance to mix and mingle with the local literary community!

Free to attend. No registration required. 

Mentorship Grand Finale Celebration

May 27, 2015 | 7-8:30pm | Owl’s Nest Books, 815A, 49th Ave SW

Celebrate with us!

The AWCS inaugural mentorship program will wrap up on May 27, 2015 with a special reading from our apprentices. 

They have been working hard with their mentors over the past 4 months and now it’s time to see how far they’ve come.

Readings by:
Carrie Mumford – Mentor: Theanna Bischoff
Tyler Hellard – Mentor: Lori Hahnel
Janet Wees – Mentor: Rona Altrows
Ingrid Littmann-Tai – Mentor: J. Jill Robinson

If you’re interested in being mentored or becoming a mentor this is a great opportunity to come and chat with this year’s participants and gain insight into the program and see what can come out of it.

Everyone welcome!



Spring Student Reading 

June 19, 2015 | 7pm | Rose Room (main level of the Alexandra Centre, 922, 9th Ave SE, Calgary)

AWCS Members: Free | Non-members $5

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of this semester’s students. For some this may be the first time they are reading in front of an audience. Support and encourage your fellow writers. Wine and refreshments. Everyone welcome.