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)!


Why not take a writing workshop when school is out and improve your writing skills? Lots of fun subjects to choose from! All grades and skill levels welcome.

Workshops run from 9:00-3:00. $60.00 for AWCS Members or $70.00 for Non-Members.

July 10 – MAKE A MOVIE – with Kim Firmston Write, plan, film, and edit a movie all in one day and then upload it to YouTube on the RIO TV channel so you can show your friends and family. Don’t forget the red carpet awards at the end of the day. Fun times! See last year’s creation HERE

July 24 –  MADNESS, MYSTERY, MAYHEM! with Erin Vance –  Write stories and characters that thrill and scare you. Find for your inner Sherlock Holmes or Jake Peralta while searching for clues

August 7- WORLD BUILDING with Dania Idriss – Spend the day learning the elements of genre and effective world-building, primarily Science Fiction and Fantasy (we will also be looking briefly at comic books) and apply those elements to their writing. Experiment in creating your own imaginative worlds!

August 14 – CHARACTER BOOT CAMP – with Suzy Vadori Characters make the story, and writers get to make the characters. Personality, actions, appearance, emotions… so many layers go into making characters what we imagine in our minds. In this creative camp, we’ll learn tips and tricks to make our characters jump off the page and run down the street! 




Have a kid writer? Why not let them enjoy the summer with these super fun, active, and adventurous camps where they can explore all kinds of writing and wordplay! This camp is great for all levels of writers, from novice to hardcore. Participants will explore language, enjoy the company of other writers, get outside,  and learn to do things they never thought possible! Shenanigans guaranteed!

What are you waiting for? Register today!

We offer two camps:

Summer Writing Adventures for ages 9-13 – Unlocking the Secrets  – with Suzy Vadori 

Explore different genres of writing with Themed Days! From non-fiction to the fantastic, mystery to playwriting, get to know how a story arc weaves its way through all our writing. Together we’ll build believable characters and vivid settings in a supportive environment.

Writers will discover their own writing voice and unique style throughout our immersive week, with the chance to create a story of their choosing, as well as write and perform a group play for their peers. Each day of camp, there will be indoor and outdoor activities that will get our creative juices flowing and build excitement about the writing process. Each camper will receive one-on-one coaching from a professional writer during the week to help them along their writing journey. All levels of writers welcome.


Teen Writing Camp for ages 13-17 – Myth, Magic, and Monsters – with Dania Idriss 

Draw inspiration from classic tales in order to create something new! 

Stories have helped us make sense of our world for centuries, and many of those old myths and folktales are still around today. The world has changed since the Ancient Greeks told their stories about their Gods, or since the Brother’s Grimm collected their tales, but these stories hold a place in our collective imagination. Elements of these old tales still leave traces in today’s literature, as writers build onto the worlds created by our predecessors. Writers from J.R.R Tolkien and J.K Rowling, to Neil Gaiman and Catherynne M. Valente have made use of mythology and folklore in order to create their own fantastic stories and worlds.
Over the course of this week, the students will learn a new myth or folktale from around the world each day. Then write their own stories (or poems) using myths, motifs, and characters in new and original works. All levels of writers welcome.





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