Have adventures! Think and write outside the box! Get on your feet and Explore This isn’t your average writing experience. Live what you write, play games, make friends, and have the time of your life with a pen in your hand (other writing implements welcome as well)!

PD DAYS 2019-2020


Join us for a fun, unique learning experience on your favourite subject when you’re not in school! We have all the best instructors who can guarantee you a great day.


Sept 20, 2019 – Behind the Scenes of Books with Suzy Vadori
Readers unite! Participants will take a look behind the scenes at what goes into their favorite stories, learning about the writing and publishing process. They’ll explore ways to express our thoughts about books, including book reports, reviews and book club question format, which build on skills needed in the Alberta curriculum in an interesting way. Through games, discussion of books they’ve read or want to read, and an excursion to the local library, the kids will gain a whole new appreciation for the world of escape reading provides. Readers from beginner to voracious welcome.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss


Oct 11, 2019 – Time Travel Tales with Simon Rose – Time travel has long been a common theme in books and movies and time travel tales continue to be popular. In this workshop you’ll create a time machine, learn how to make your idea believable, examine the importance of research, write an outline for your adventure, the dramatic opening chapter, and an attention-grabbing paragraph for the back cover of your book.


Nov 1, 2019 – A Day in a Fictional World with Suzy Vadori 
Come to camp prepared to immerse yourself in a creative world of make believe. We’ll create a set of rules for the day that reflect the worlds each student wants to write about, and role play characters. Using flash fiction prompts, poetry, and a variety of writing techniques throughout the day, students will come away with a whole new appreciation for the worlds their favorite stories are set in, and a basis for their next writing project.


Nov 22, 2019 – Superstuff: Create your own superhero with Simon Rose – In this workshops, you’ll invent your own unique superhero, with incredible superpowers, extended families and one or more archenemies. You’ll create a detailed biography of the character, complete with an origin story, fascinating facts about their superpowers and weaknesses, their secret identity, family and friends, their secret headquarters, their most deadly archenemy and more. You’ll also draw your creation, create a dynamic and eye-catching cover for a comic book, and write a newspaper-style action-packed story about a battle between the hero and their main villain.


Jan 31, 2020 – A Day of Dungeons and Dragons with Kim Firmston – pull up a chair, grab some dice, and let’s hide away from the cold winter with stories of bravery, boldness, and gold. Battle dragons, solve puzzles, and fight for glory with your friends. No experience or equipment needed to play this great Fantasy Role Playing Game. All grades and experience levels welcome. *If you wish to bring your own character, they should be at level 3-4 from Edition 5.


Feb 13, 2020 (Thurs during the teachers’ convention) Exploring New Ways to Write with Suzy Vadori
From Fantasy to Mystery, Graphic Novels to Poetry, we’ll explore different ways writers use words to entertain, and even try a hand at these formats ourselves. We’ll draw on games, writing prompts and a trip outdoors to inspire our activities. This camp is a great inspiration for avid readers and writers, opening up a world of possibilities.



Suzy Vadori is the Calgary Bestselling Author of The Fountain, and The West Woods, Books 1 and 2 of The Fountain Series, published by Evil Alter Ego Press. This fantastical Young Adult Series has received two Aurora Nominations for Best Young Adult Novel, as well as Five Stars from both Readers’ Favorite and San Francisco Review of Books. See her website HERE

Simon Rose is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels for children and young adults and several writing guides for both aspiring and established authors, including The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, and more! See his website HERE

Kim Firmston is a real-life mutant – though one without any cool powers. When she’s not writing YA novels (Stupid, Boiled Cat, Creep Con, and more), plays, or cursing obvious villain mistakes, she works as the AWCS Youth Program Director – bringing in all the best instructors and thinking of cool games to play. See her website HERE




Spring Camp coming soon!