ALL DROP IN PROGRAMS ARE FREE FOR AWCS MEMBERS, NON-MEMBERS: $5

The Writing Room – Open Daily Monday to Saturday, 9am to 9pm. If you want to come outside regular office hours (before 9:30am or after 3pm weekdays or anytime on Saturday) please contact the office in advance to arrange access.

Tired of the same old writing routine? The dishes keep calling out to you? The laundry, the fingerprints on the walls, last week’s ketchup stains on the cupboards? Do you find it hard to write in a coffee shop or at the library? Come and write with us in the AWCS Sabon Literary Salon, your home office away from home. We supply the coffee and tea, you supply the words.

Bring your laptop or other writing implement, headphones if you need them (sometimes there’s noise) and write for a few hours or all day.

Tuesday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm, check out Barrow Espresso and Tea on the first floor of cSpace King Edward for other fancy beverages and snacks.

Every Saturday, check out the Calgary Farmers and Makers Market at cSpace from 10am to 1pm during the winter, 10am to 3pm in the summer.

Free Fall Writing Sessions

AWCS uses the “free fall” method of creative writing as the basis for all instruction. The free fall method of writing was first introduced by W.O Mitchell, and further refined by Michael Fay when he set up his own creative writing courses.

Free Fall Method of Writing

The free fall method of writing encourages the writer to write without editing as they go. That editorial instinct to edit as you write, common to most writers, can be tempting but also time-consuming and counterproductive.

W.O. Mitchell’s free fall method encourages writers to switch off their inner editor and just write as the thoughts come into their minds, relying on sensory information and memories. The writer can edit after the piece is finished, but during the process, it is essential the writer does not revise his or her work.

Our Free Fall Writing Sessions take it a step further. You will meet great people, have lots of laughs, share in a fun and supportive environment, learn ways to develop new ideas for writing projects, ie: verbal cues, images, sentences, snippets of dialogue.

Although it’s encouraged, you don’t have to share your writing. There is no critiquing involved in free fall. This is meant to only let your subconscious flow freely onto the page.

Break through writer’s block. Have fun. And write.

Second Wednesday Roundtable

Young Adult Writers Roundtable | Facilitated by Tracy Fox & Nicola Dahlin |7pm

The second Wednesday of the month, a roundtable for Young Adult Writers. All genres, all styles. Come and explore the world of the YA novel. Discuss with other writers in your genre, form community, and get support.

Third Tuesday Roundtables

Join AWCS the third Tuesday of the month.

Memoir Writers Roundtable | Facilitated by Karen Lee | 10am-12pm

Are you writing a memoir or thinking about it? Want to know more about this popular genre of creative nonfiction? Join us the third Tuesday of the month and meet with other memoir writers, engage in a lively discussion and learn everything you ever wanted to know, or didn’t know you needed to know.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

Fiction Writers Roundtable | Facilitated by Sarah E. Johnson | 7-9pm

Are you writing fiction or want to learn more about writing fiction? Come to the fiction roundtable, the third Tuesday of every month and meet other fiction writers, participate in a lively and engaging discussion about all things fiction.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

Last Wednesday of the Month

Writer’s Unplugged – An Open Mic Night | 7-8:30 pm                                                  Owl’s Nest Books (815A-49th Ave SW)

Join AWCS at Owl’s Nest Books, the last Wednesday of every month, for our monthly open mic night. Read bits of work in front of the best audience this side of the Elbow River. Show up with a max. of 5 minutes worth of reading (poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction or other) and throw your name into the hat. Readers are drawn at random. Great fun and a great way to meet other writers in the community. FREE PUBLIC EVENT

Last Thursday of the Month

Kidlit Roundtable | Facilitated by Olyn Ozbick | 7-9pm

Are you writing for children or thinking about writing for children? Picture books, middle grade, YA and anything in between. Join in a lively and engaging discussion about this popular genre for kids.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

Third Friday of the Month

RIWO (Reality Is Woefully Obligatory) | Facilitated by Emily Firmston | 7-9pm | For ages 16-25

When reality is no longer optional, come and join a group to find a way to move forward through your writing and creative projects with the help of your new writing community.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

Lit Lunch

Once a month. 11:30am-1pm

A facilitated discussion on a specific topic of interest. Bring a bag lunch and join the discussion.

Check the calendar of events for upcoming Lit Lunch.

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

Member Social Nights

AWCS Members: FREE | Non-Members: $5

Join us one Friday a month for a member get-together. Socials can range from a fun game night to guest speakers/panels and more.

Check the calendar of events for upcoming socials.