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ONLINE Blue Pencil Cafe

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Join us September 14, 2021 | 6-9pm in our virtual Blue Pencil Cafe.

Not sure if a short scene is working? Have a piece of flash fiction or a few poems you want to submit for a contest or literary magazine?

Here’s a chance to have a piece of work reviewed by one of our reviewers and get a 30-minute one-on-one consultation about the work to provide focus and direction.

Sign up with one of our reviewers.

Submit your work one week prior to meeting.

Show up for your meeting in our virtual space.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

NOTE: Members must choose ‘Pay by cheque’ to register for free.


The Reviewers

Ali Bryan (fiction/creative nonfiction)

Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative nonfiction writer who explores the what-ifs, the wtfs and the wait-a-minutes of every day. Her first novel, Roost, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and her second novel, The Figgs, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. She’s longlisted for the CBC Canada Writes CNF prize, shortlisted for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award and won the 2020 Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story. Her debut YA novel, The Hill, was released in March from Dottir Press and was longlisted for 2021 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. Her short-form work has been published in Alberta Views, HASH Journal, Reservoir Road Literary Review and Understory Magazine. She has work forthcoming in the Good Life Review, Passengers Journal, The Phare Literary Magazine and The Queen’s Quarterly. She lives in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, where she has a wrestling room in her garage and regularly gets choked out by her family.


Marcello Di Cintio (creative nonfiction/nonfiction)

Marcello Di Cintio is the author of five books, including Walls: Travels Along the Barricades which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense, winner of the W. O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. Di Cintio’s magazine writing has appeared in appeared in publications such as The International New York Times, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic and Afar. Di Cintio’s newest book is Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers.


Vivian Hansen (poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction)

Vivian Hansen’s work has been published in several Canadian anthologies, dealing with memoir, personal essay and poetry.  Her essay Rarification, appears in the anthology “You Look Good For Your Age” with U of Alberta Press.  Her poetry includes “A Bitter Mood of Clouds” and “A Tincture of Sunlight” (Frontenac House).  She teaches poetry, creative writing and memoir at both Alexandra Writers Centre and the University of Calgary in the Creative Writing Certificate program.


Alexis Kienlen (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction)

Alexis Kienlen is a poet, fiction writer and journalist who lives in Edmonton. Her most recent publication is the novel, “Mad Cow”, which follows the trials and tribulations of a farm family during the BSE crisis. She has also published two books of poetry, and a biography of a Sikh civil rights activist. Alexis works as a journalist for “Alberta Farmer” and her non-fiction articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications. She reads a lot, plays classical guitar, and has a very cute Boston terrier.


Doreen Vanderstoop (fiction)

Doreen Vanderstoop is a writer and performing storyteller/musician based in Calgary, Alberta. Doreen’s short fiction has appeared in Prairie Fire Magazine, an upcoming Alexandra Writers’ Centre anthology and online at Montreal Serai and prairiejournal.org, among others. Her debut novel, Watershed, was published by Freehand Books in May 2020. Watershed has received wide critical acclaim, prompting Doreen’s participation in author panels at the Calgary Public Library, the Victoria Festival of Authors and Word on the Street Toronto.


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September 14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm




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