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With respect to COVID-19, the Alberta Government has announced a phased reopening strategy that could take several weeks to months.

In mid-June we sent a survey to our members and instructors to determine the best approach for AWCS to reopen its doors to you. Our member’s and program participant’s health and safety are important to us.

We will continue to monitor the cases of COVID in Alberta with a tentative reopening planned for late September.

All our programs have moved online. Visit the Courses and Workshops page for current offerings.

Staff are working from home and will respond to your emails quicker than a phone call. Please email:

We are located on the 4th Floor of cSpace King Edward in Marda Loop.

460, 1721, 29th Ave SW

Calgary, AB

Unless otherwise specified, all courses, workshops and programming takes place onsite.


NEW Diverse Voices Roundtable & Writing Circle

A monthly roundtable focusing on published literature by writers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC)…  Begins July 20, 2020

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Call for Submissions

40th Anniversary Anthology – Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry. Deadline June 30, 2020 – Submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone who contributed. 

More information.


#ABWRITERS Write Your Way Out of Isolation

Who’s up for a challenge? July 1-August 31, 2020

Challenge has begun. Keep an eye out for updates.

Learn more.


Apply to be our 2021 Writer in Residence

Deadline July 31, 2020

More information.


2020/21 Author Development Program


Now accepting applications.


2020 Fall Feature Workshop – Pulitzer Prize winner, Anthony Doerr

Join us for a workshop and in conversation with the author of the acclaimed book, All the Light We Cannot See. This will be Anthony’s first visit to Canada and something you won’t want to miss.

November 14, 2020 – Tickets On Sale Now.

Register Here.




NEW The AWCS Gift Shop

Show the world you’re a writer with this awesome AWCS Merchandise. T-shirts, tote bags, notebooks, anthologies, gift certificates, and more! Youth program stuff too! 10% off for Members! GET SHOPPING


AWCS Youth Program – Summer Online!

Whether you’re looking for a full summer club/class or a micro camp that’s only an hour and a half over two days, we have you covered. Come and see all we have available from Radio Plays, to Movie Making, to Song Writing, Villains, and more for all ages and stages of writing experience. SEE IT ALL HERE

Online micro-workshops for Adults and Youth

Now available. Register now. More information