Upcoming Events

 Celebrating 35 years of helping writers.

Readings, writings & more




Free Fall Writing Sessions

New to the free fall method of writing? Want to just write amongst a group of friends and like-minded individuals?

Join us for an inspiring morning of writing and sharing and laughter. Every Friday from 10am – noon you’re invited to embark on the journey to creativity. No experience required.

The daytime group meets EVERY Friday, even on holidays. (except Christmas)

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-members: $5

Evening Free Fall Writing Sessions

September 8, 2016 | 7-9pm | AWCS Classroom #2

Join us for a fun evening in a relaxed environment where we will practice the free fall method of writing. Write. Share. Make new friends. Explore your creative side in this monthly event.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-members: $5


2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

September 14, 2016 | 7pm | Rose Room 922, 9th Ave SE (main level of the Alexandra Centre)

All members are welcome to attend. Get updates of the past year and our future plans. Vote in your new board of directors.

AWCS is turning 35 this year. Join us after the AGM for some cake and beverages. There may be some surprises.


Query Clinic

September 17, 2016 | 11-2pm |
Owl’s Nest Books (815A, 49th Ave SW)
AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5 (cash only when you arrive)

Are you ready to query magazines, book publishers or agents and don’t know whether your query letter is engaging enough? Or maybe you want to try writing a query letter even if you’re not at the querying stage. Query letters are your first interaction with a publisher or agent and they need to shine.

Bring your one-page query letter draft to the query clinic and have it reviewed by your writing peers who have written and submitted successful queries.

Get the feedback you need to make your query stand out above all the rest.

Book/Agent Queries

Sarah L. Johnson lives in Calgary where she runs marathons, works in a bookstore, and falls tragically behind on laundry. Her work has appeared in Room Magazine, Shock Totem, and the Bram Stoker nominated Dark Visions 1. Her short story collection, Suicide Stitch (EMP Publishing), was published in 2016, and her first novel, Infractus (Driven Press), is coming soon.

Susan Forest Three-time Prix Aurora Award finalist, Susan Forest is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and a fiction editor for Edge Press. Her young adult fantasy, The Dragon Prince, won the Children’s Book Choice Award. She has published over twenty short stories in Canada and the United States. Her works have appeared in OnSPEC Magazine, In Places Between, Asimov’s Science Fiction, three of the Tesseracts anthologies, AE Science Fiction Review, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Blood and Water, and The Urban Green Man. Her collection of short fiction, Immunity to Strange Tales, was published by Five Rivers Press, and her nonfiction has appeared in Legacy Magazine, Alberta Views Magazine and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Blog. Her short stories, “Back,” “Turning It Off,” and “The Gift” were finalists for the Prix Aurora Award.

Magazine Queries

Felicia Zuniga has written for the Calgary Herald, Avenue Calgary, Swerve, U Magazine, The Antigonish Review and FreeFall Magazine. She has a Masters of Journalism degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours English, with a Creative Writing Concentration, from the University of Calgary. She lives, works and writes in Calgary.

Pre-book a spot with one of the reviewers by emailing info@alexandrawriters.org

Writers Unplugged: An Open Mic Night

Going into our 5th year!

September 28, 2016 | 7pm | Owl’s Nest Books (815A, 49th Ave SW)

Join us for the first open mic of the 2016/17 season. Come on down for a chance to read your work in front of the best audience this side of the Elbow River. Don’t want to read, that’s okay too. Come and check it out.

Here’s how it works:

Come prepared to read no more than 5 minutes. Any genre, any style welcome. Put your name into the hat and 10-12 readers will be selected by random draw.

Everyone welcome and it’s FREE!


Write Nite!

September 23, 2016 | 7-9pm | AWCS Classroom #2

Theme: Leaves

AWCS Members: $15 | Non-members: $30

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

Spend two hours with kindred spirits, a glass of wine, a pen and paper. Nightly themes with prompts, or work on your own project. Release your inhibitions, step out of your comfort zone, put a few words together, create evocative images and astonishing characters.

Guidance is available if needed, but this is not a course; there will be no lessons. Only prompts based on the themes. The purpose is to help you loosen your shackles, unleash your inner awesome author. Write. Drink. Nibble. Share. Laugh. Play. Create.

All snacks and beverages provided. You only need to bring a pen and paper or your laptop.

Everyone welcome.

Upcoming Dates: October 21 | November 18 | December 9 (tentative)

Registration is required. Please visit the courses page to register.