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Writers Unplugged

June 29, 2016 | 7pm | Owl’s Nest Books (815A, 49th Ave SW)

Join us for the last Open Mic of the season. Come on down for a chance to read your work in front of an audience. Don’t want to read, that’s okay too. Just come and check it out.

Here’s how it works:
Come prepared to read about 5 minutes. Any genre, any style welcome. Put your name into the hat and 10 readers will be selected by random draw.

Everyone welcome and it’s free!

We’ll be back in September!

Free Fall Writing Sessions

Every Friday, 10am-noon (including most holidays)

Join us for an inspiring morning of writing and sharing and laughter. Embark on the journey to creativity and practice the free fall writing method.

Free for AWCS members | Non-members: $5

Write Nite!

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!

Next Sessions:

June 17, 2016 Theme: True Story

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

Blue Pencil Cafe

June 18, 2016 | 11am-3pm | Owl’s Nest Books (815A, 49th Ave SW)

Writers! Join AWCS at Owl’s Nest Books on June 18 to have some of your work reviewed by an experienced writer. What’s better than being surrounded by books, with other writers, getting positive feedback? 

Book a blue pencil session or drop in and take your chances. Booked sessions will be given priority.

You get 20 minutes. Bring 2 pages of writing, double-spaced for prose, single-spaced for poetry. The reviewer will read the work on the spot and give you first impression feedback. Ask questions. Gain some focus on your work.


Richard Harrison is the author of seven books of poetry, including the upcoming  On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood, and Big Breath of a Wish, poems about his infant daughter’s learning to speak, which was nominated for the 1999 Governor-General’s Award. His collection of hockey poems, Hero of the Play, was the first book of poetry to be launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Richard teaches Creative Writing at Mount Royal University.  He has also worked as Acquisitions Editor at Calgary’s Frontenac House books (for Quartet 2011), as well as edited for the Banff Center Press, Wolsak and Wynn, Black Moss Press, and FreeFall magazine.

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.

Lee Kvern is the Canadian award-winning author of short stories and novels. Her short stories in 7 Ways To Sunday have garnered the national CBC Literary Award, Western Magazine Award, Hazel Hilles Memorial Short Fiction Prize, and the Howard ‘O’ Hagan Award.  Afterall selected for Canada Reads (Regional), and nominated for Alberta Books Awards. The Matter of Sylvie nominated for Alberta Book Awards and the Ottawa Relit Award. Her work has been produced for CBC Radio, published in Event, Descant, Air Canada enRoute. subTerrain. On-line: Joyland.ca, Foundpress.com and LittleFiction.com  Writer-in-Residence at the Alexandra Centre for Writers 2016. Author-in-Residence for the Calgary Public Library 2015. Alberta Writer’s Guild Mentor 2014/2016. Writer-in-Residence for the Canadian Authors Association 2013

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-members: $5 (payable at the door, cash only)

Schedule a session by emailing the AWCS office at info@alexandrawriters.org 

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

September, 2016 (date and time TBD)