2013 Writer in Residence Events
Readings and Discussions
Kick Off Reading
Join us in welcoming Lori Hahnel during the inaugural reading. Special guest, 2012 Writer in Residence, Marcello Di Cintio
May 1, 2013 | 7pm | Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar | 909, 10th St. SE, Calgary (half a block from AWCS)
What Alice Munro Means to me as a Writer
May 30, 2013 | 7pm | Memorial Park Library, 1221, 2nd St SW, Calgary
Join AWCS Writer in Residence, Lori Hahnel, Canadian Authors Association Writer in Residence, Lee Kvern and Calgary Public Librar Writer in Residence, Barb Howard for a fun and informative discussion on how Alice Munro has influenced them as writers.
Join us as we say farewell to Lori Hahnel. An evening of readings and refreshments.
June 27, 2013 | 7pm | Owl’s Nest Books (815A, 49th Ave SW)
We are now booking consultations. Please contact AWCS office by phone or email to book an appointment.
Manuscripts should be maximum 20 pages, double-spaced and no more than 3 poems. Email manuscripts to firstname.lastname@example.org
All May consultations are full. We are now booking into June. Hurry, to ensure yourself a spot.
Short-Short Story Challenge – It’s All in the Words
Words. Words spill onto the page to create stories for everyone. Young and old. Sad stories, scary stories, happy stories, funny stories, children’s stories, family stories… You never know what you’re going to get when you sit down, pen and paper in hand. You write madly, until finally a story takes shape. Then you edit. Until you have the words just right. And then you share.
Here’s the challenge. Write a story in 7 days.
You will be given a list story prompts and then have 7 days to write, edit and submit your story. A jury will select a short-list then our judges will choose the winners. The winner will be announced the Writer in Residence Farewell Reading on June 27, 2013 at Owl’s Nest Books. All finalists will be invited to read their stories along with Lori Hahnel at the final reading closing her residency.
1st prize: A free course voucher from AWCS.
2nd prize: A free Saturday workshop voucher from AWCS.
Finalists stories will be published on the AWCS blog, Writer’s Corner beginning June 1, 2013.
Entry fee: $5
Open to all residents of Alberta.
Contest Judges: Lori Hahnel | J. Jill Robinson | Rona Altrows
How to Enter
Fill out online registration. Pay the $5 entry fee. (Pay online by PayPal, Visa/Mastercard, or send Cash or Cheque to AWCS, 922, 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S4) All applicants must fill out online registration.
All registered participants will receive the story prompts on May 5, 2013 at 12:00am. Check your email inbox. Choose one and write your story.
Stories can be any genre, any topic, as long as one of the story prompts appears in your story. Maximum 500 words. Typed, double-spaced, in an easy to read font, numbered pages. Title must appear as a header at the top of the page, on every page.
Submit your completed stories by May 11, 2013 11:59pm by email to email@example.com in .doc or .docx format. Names must not appear anywhere on the stories. In the body of the email please include your name, contact information, title of story and word count.
Have fun. Be creative.
Short-Short Story Bootcamp – 1 Seat Available
A Saturday workshop in which writers start from nothing and compose a 500 word short-short story. Participants don’t have to bring any work in—the work is done in the workshop. Lori will outline elements of story and discuss how to compose a 500 word story. The class will compose stories, read them aloud for feedback, and then, time permitting, re-draft their stories.
Please note: Non-member rate includes a one year AWCS membership.
Life into Story – 5 Seats Available
Got a great story idea inspired by real life events but not sure how or where or why to begin writing it? In this workshop we’ll explore characters, plots and settings derived from real life. We’ll also consider how closely fiction should resemble real life, and whether some ideas are better suited to fiction or creative nonfiction.
Please note: Non-member rate includes a one year AWCS Membership.
We are currently accepting proposals for our 2014 Writer-in-Residence. Download the application form and instructions