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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Publication, An Evening with Randy Ross, Novelist & Performer

August 3, 2016 | 7pm | Owl’s Nest Books (815A, 49th Ave SW)

Feeling discouraged about your writing prospects? Don’t be. U.S.-based writer Randy Ross pitched his debut novel God Bless Cambodia to 110 agents and 15 small presses before receiving an offer from The Permanent Press, a New York-area publisher of literary fiction. He will discuss lessons he learned the hard way about querying agents, negotiating a contract with a small press, and how much credence to give to advice from experts, well-meaning friends, and not-so well-meaning reading partners. He will also perform scenes from his one-man show, The Chronic Single’s Handbook, which was derived from the novel. The show is being featured at the Edmonton fringe festival this year.

About Randy Ross

The Chronic Single's Handbook by Randy Ross at The Gearbox, 7/23/2013 Capital Fringe Festival Photo Copyright 2013 by Paul Gillis Photography

Photo Copyright 2013 by Paul Gillis Photography

Randy Ross is a writer, performer, and Web consultant. His fiction and humor have appeared in The Drum, Black Heart Magazine, Side B Magazine, and Calliope. His comedy novel, God Bless Cambodia, is currently available in paperback with a hardcover coming out in March 2017. His one-man show, The Chronic Single’s Handbook, based on the novel, has been featured at fringe theater festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Edinburgh, Scotland. He writes a popular blog and lectures about self-promotion and marketing for writers. For seven years, Ross was the executive editor for an award-winning Web site (PCWorld.com). He holds a masters in journalism from Northwestern University. For more information about Randy, please visit www.randyrossmedia.com

Additional links:
Randy performing his piece, “The Day I Was Almost Gay”


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.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-members: $5


Annual General Meeting (AGM)

September 14, 2016 | 7pm | Venue TBD


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!

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 TBD.

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