All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

Tutoring is one on one and offered in sessions, each consisting of four one-hour classes created specifically to address your individual needs. Online (anytime Monday – Saturday) or at the AWCS (1721 29 Ave SW #460, Calgary – 9 AM – 4 PM Monday – Friday).  Book a session by contacting Kim Firmston at kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org

Youth Tutoring and Homework Help

Falling behind in Social Studies or English? Need some extra help on a specific project? Want to prepare for finals or PATs? Or do you just want to get better at writing in general? $155 for youth members, $185 for non-members.

Academic Post Secondary Tutoring

Struggling with academic writing? Need to learn to write academic papers or improve the quality of your university essays? Is English your second language? Are formatting and footnotes getting you down? Qualified instructors will get you on track. $270 for AWCS Members /$350 for Non-Members.

Writing Improvement for Adults

Improve your literacy, reading, and writing. Learn to communicate effectively, write tight, and convey your ideas.  $155 for AWCS Members / $185 for Non-Members.


Pick one that fits your needs or let us pick for you.

Adam Hildebrandt

Availability: Online and In-Person – Monday, Wednesday-Fridays; Tuesdays, Saturdays before 4:00 pm.

Tutors: Grades 10 and up, Adult Improvement, Academic.

Bio: Adam spent five years studying English writing at the University of Calgary, with a focus on creative writing and literature analysis. Outside of academia, he has written many essays and works of fiction. In that time, he’s learned how to recognize and rise above mistakes in both professional and creative writing. He has three years of experience as an AWCS Tutor. He works hard to make sure his students not only understand, but appreciate the literature they read.

Kudos for Adam: Adam put me at ease in his quiet non-judgmental way. I loved our back and forth as we reviewed my writing samples, and discussed ways I could improve on what I wrote. He provided me with helpful feedback.”  – Sharon Smith


Erin Vance

Availability: Online only – Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday

Tutors: All grades, Adult Improvement, Academic.

Bio: Erin Vance is a writer and academic. She specializes in English, Creative Writing, History, and Folklore. She has published a bestselling novel and her first collection of poetry is forthcoming from Guernica Editions. She holds a BA (Honours) and an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary. She is currently completing an MA in Irish Folklore and Ethnology from University College Dublin. Erin has studied poetry at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. She is the co-host of a history, folklore, and true crime podcast, Femmes Macabres.

Kudos for Erin:  “Erin really has done an amazing job! She has supported and given incredible feedback! Her weekly homework has given me building blocks with each of them and pushed us to work on specific areas. We are super thankful for her kindness and interest in the kids!” – Alexandra Owens


Anne Hodgson

Availability: Online and In-Person: 1-4PM Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 1-6 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Tutors: Grades K-12, Adult Improvement

Bio: Anne inspires children and youth with her passion for writing, reading, and history. She recently retired from teaching with the Calgary Board of Education after 39 years. Her experience spans all grades, as well as E.L.L., and students with learning needs. With a Fine Arts background, she combines creativity and project-based learning with the acquisition of specific skills and knowledge. Anne enjoys getting to know her students to inspire and develop confidence in themselves as writers. She was chosen to be one of twenty- three teachers to study at the Juno Beach Summer Institute for Educators in France in 2018, and she has been a speaker at the Calgary Teachers’ Convention. Anne is a writer, storyteller, and playwright.


Nigel Murphy

Availability: Online and In-Person: Monday – Saturday

Tutors: Grades K-12, Adult Improvement, Academic

Bio: Nigel Murphy is an artist, writer, researcher, and visiting lecturer. Nigel believes that a well rounded individual should follow many paths and study many disciplines over the course of their journey. Consequently, Nigel has contributed articles and research for multiple publications (including Philosophy Now and The Atlantic), worked in modern battlefield forensics, lectured on the subject of continental philosophy at Mount Royal University, and has served as an artist in residence at River Valley School. Nigel believes every learner’s journey is different, and that finding the right answer is less important than understanding the question being asked.


Em Williamson

Availability: Online: Second and Fourth Tuesday’s 6-8 PM

Tutors: Grades 11-12, Adult Improvement, Academic

Bio: Em Williamson is a Bachelor of Arts in English who graduated summa cum laude and has also been accepted to the University of Calgary’s Master of Arts in English program for the 2021 Fall semester. She is a youth and adult poetry and writing instructor with over five years experience. Students find her classes both informative and genuinely fun. She enjoys teaching and has a passion for encouraging a love of literature. Em is a poet and prose writer.


George Doerksen

Availability: Online and In-Person – 9-11 AM and 6-7 PM Monday -Wednesday and Saturday. 9 AM-7 PM Thursday and Friday

Tutors: Grades 1-9

Bio: This is George’s second year tutoring with the AWCS after being a part of  the AWCS Youth Program since elementary. He is a honours high school graduate from Westmount Charter School and loves to read and write. He loves working with students to improve and develop their academic talents. He has started his first novel.

Book Your Tutor Today by emailing Kim Firmston kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org


All classes need to be canceled at least 24 hours in advance, via a phone call, text, or e-mail directly to the instructor, or the class is considered to have happened and will come off the total classes booked in the session. The instructor is under their own discretion whether to reschedule any canceled classes and is not obliged to do so. Instructors will never reschedule a class if that class isn’t canceled prior to the 24-hour deadline.