To inspire and mentor a passion for writing
Mission – We support local creative writing through learning and shared experience.
The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society aims to bring writers together. We provide a relaxed, friendly and encouraging environment where writers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds feel safe learning the craft and sharing the difficulties of the writing experience.
The AWCS supports developing writers through a variety of offerings:
- Networking opportunities
- Manuscript Critique Services
- Courses and Weekend Intensives
- Workshops & Seminars
- Free Fall Writing Sessions
- Writer in Residence
- Discussion Groups
- Performance opportunities
- Social Events
- Sponsorships, partnerships and collaboration
The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society is a fiscally responsible charity committed to building a community for emerging writers.
History of the AWCS
AWCS is a not–for–profit organization incorporated September 22, 1981. We are also a registered charity.
In the late seventies, Michael Fay rented an office in the Alexandra Centre where he gave lessons in creative writing. By 1981, he had gathered together a small group who wanted to form a writer’s society and it was through their efforts that The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society was born.
For 35 years we served the Calgary literary community from our little basement space in Inglewood but the centre is flourishing and with the increasing demand for our services we made the decision to relocate our offices. It’s been a long process, years in the making, but as of January 2017 our offices moved. We appreciate all the Alexandra Centre has done for us over the years and we look forward to what the cSpace King Edward will do for our future.
Why the name Alexandra Writers Centre?
The AWCS sprouted roots in the Alexandra Centre located in Inglewood (formerly the Alexandra School named for Queen Alexandra, queen-empress consort to King Edward VII) and resided there for 35 years. When the name came about, it probably never crossed anyone’s mind that the organization would flourish as it did and that we would need to relocate at some point.
Facility Address (cSpace King Edward)
460, 1721, 29th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 6T7
A place for all writers
What is Free Fall Writing?
The Alexandra Writers’ Centre uses the “free fall” method of creative writing. First introduced by W.O Mitchell, and further refined by AWCS founder, Michael Fay, free fall writing is the basis for all instruction at the AWCS. This method of writing encourages writers to write without editing as they go, ignoring the editorial instinct to edit at the same time.
W.O. Mitchell’s free fall method encourages the writer to switch off their inner editor and write as the thoughts come into their minds, relying on sensory information and memories. The writer may edit after the piece is complete, but during the process, it is essential that the writer does not revise his or her work.