The Alexandra Writers’ Centre is fortunate to contract a wide variety of instructors from the Calgary writing community and from among Canadian writers more broadly. Instructors develop workshops and courses based on their areas of expertise, whether as authors, editors, teachers, or in another related area.
From the basics of finding inspiration and putting pen to paper, to specific tools and techniques, we’re always looking for new angles and new workshop ideas. If you are a published author, professional editor, or have teaching experience, we’re interested in hearing your pitch for a class you’d like to teach.
Please note that scheduling preference will be given to current instructors.
How To Pitch A Workshop
Pitches need a hook! We’re looking for workshops that don’t cover the same old ground–or that cover it in a new, interesting way. Take a look at our Courses And Workshops. Is there a gap that catches your eye? A place where your area of interest would fit right in? Originality matters!
Your workshop’s title and blurb should work together to pique participants’ curiosity and excitement. To write your blurb, consider whether your workshop is geared to a broad audience that crosses genres, or if you’re tapping into a specific niche. How does your workshop provide participants with specific skills or techniques? What will participants walk out remembering and excited to apply in their own writing? What exercises or teaching strategies might participants expect from you?
Secondly, we want to know that you have experience in the area covered by your workshop. What aspects of your own writing or editing practice can you bring to the participants? How does your experience translate to helping participants meet challenges in their own practices? Use your application to highlight your qualifications.
How To Apply
Your application should include the following:
- A cover letter detailing your professional writing and/or editing experience (e.g. major publications, awards, education), and past teaching experience, if any. (No teaching experience? See Instructor Training Program below.)
- A CV listing publications and/or work in writing-related fields.
- 2-4 workshop pitches. Each pitch should include the workshop title, a short blurb (~100 words), and a description (~100 words) of how you will teach this course in a three to five hour timeslot.
- Your availability.
We look forward to hearing from you!
To submit applications, or for further information, please contact Heidi Klaassen at firstname.lastname@example.org
INSTRUCTOR TRAINING PROGRAM
Are you a published writer with little to no teaching experience but would like to advance your career? Are you a current instructor and want a refresher? AWCS offers instructor training in creative writing. This course addresses how to teach, facilitate and engage your students, how different demographics learn, how to create lesson plans, course outlines and much more. If you’re interested in instructor training, please contact Robin van Eck at email@example.com