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

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.

Daytime Sessions

Every Friday | 10am to noon | AWCS Members: Free | Non-Members: $5

Our daytime sessions have been a staple of AWCS programming for several years. We are proud of the commitment of our volunteers and members who help make this program what it is. All new members are welcome to come down and join us and practice the free fall method. If you want to bring a guest, or you’re a non-member looking to try something different, great: but there is a $5 drop in fee for any non-members.

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 Philip Vernon | 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.

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.

First Friday of the Month

Want to play? Each First Friday Sandbox will host a different topic to explore which will spark your creativity and sense of community. Social, fun, and playful.
7:00 – 9:00 PM, All ages welcome, Free for AWCS Members, $5.00 for Non-Members. (exceptions for supply expenses)

February 1, Word Art – make a large poetry art piece using words, pictures, and collage with other artists and writers, then break it apart and take your section home. 7:00 – 9:00 PM, All ages welcome, $3.00 for members, $8.00 for non-members (registration necessary due to limited art supplies) Register Here

March 1, Board game night – come and play all the best board games and get to know others in your writing community. 7:00 – 9:00 PM, All ages welcome

April 5, Writing Games – From stories told using the Wheel of Genre, to the Box of Randomness, to Fold and Pass, tell stories and make up poetry using weird, wild, and whacky tools from the Reality Is Optional Club. Learn how fun writing can really be. It might even spark your next project! 7:00 – 9:00 PM, All ages welcome

May 3, BIG ART – Make a cool collaborative fabric and word-based art piece to both decorate the AWCS Helvetica classroom and dampen the sound. Make your mark on our space and chat with other writers while doing so. Lots of fun! 7:00 – 9:00 PM, All ages welcome

more topics soon!