2020 Courses & Workshops 

To better serve our writing community during COVID-19, all of our upcoming spring programming is online using the Zoom web conferencing app. 

 

A huge thank you to The Calgary Foundation for supporting the Alexandra Writers Centre and our community of writers. Their assistance under the Pandemic Relief Fund means that we may continue to bring you all the great programming you’ve come to know and love, now from the comfort of your home.

For special events, drop in programs and more, please visit our EVENTS page.

Whether you’re a brand new writer or have been writing for years, we have courses and workshops to meet your needs. There are weekly courses (evening and daytime) for the writer who requires structure, support and that needed push, or one-day micro workshops for those who are unable to commit to a longer course.

Simply click on the tabs below to see everything currently on offer. 

Most of our courses are geared towards beginner to intermediate writers. If a course is more advanced, or has specific requirements beyond a beginner level, it will say so in the listing.

Not sure how to gauge your experience level? Try this quick guide to help. If you’re still not sure, please feel free to contact us for advice. 

Want to know more about our Instructors?

Due to the change to online learning, youth are welcome to register for ANY of our adult courses, workshops, and drop-in programs.

Questions? Please contact us by email or phone 403.264.4730

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ABLit Book Club

ABLit Book Club

Heidi Klaassen
Thursdays
7-8:30pm
October 22, 2020 (Every 5 Weeks)
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: Free

Welcome to the ABLit Book Club registration page!

Registration will allow you access to all of the book club meetings for 2020/21. Please support your local book seller when purchasing books. If you are in Calgary, Owl’s Nest Books offers a 10% discount for ABLit Book Club members – just tell them you’re in the club!

Meetings will take place every 5 weeks, with a 6-week break over the holiday season.

This is an interactive meeting using the Zoom web conferencing platform. 

- Level: Adult - Event: Book Club View Course Details & Register

Become a Member Today

Membership

Member Price: $50-$70
Non-member Price: $50-$70

Become a member of AWCS today and enjoy great member benefits.

The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society is an exceptional place to meet and connect with other writers. Membership is not required to participate in any of our programs, however as a member of the AWCS you will receive great benefits which include:

  • be part of a diverse group of writers that is continually growing
  • 25-30% discount on courses and workshops.
  • 30% discount on Manuscript Review Service
  • Free admission to our centre for drop in programs such as critique groups, readings, Free Fall Writing Sessions and other programming not requiring registration, social events or just come to write during open writing times.
  • Be the first to know about new and exciting programming including special presentations and feature workshops through our email newsletters.
  • one free manuscript consultation with our Writer in Residence (spring of every year)
  • Annual Member Guest Pass* (see details below)
  • Refer a Friend* (see details below)
  • After 5 consecutive years of membership, all members are eligible to apply for author support for book launches, self-publishing and more.*
  • Voting rights at AGM and Special Membership Meetings

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP – The AWCS encourages young writers to express themselves. If you’re under 18, your membership gets you similar benefits to a regular membership at a reduced price as well as some extra special stuff just for you. For more information on youth programs (clubs, camps, classes, and more) click here

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Drop-In Programs

ONLINE Short Story Salon

Robin van Eck
Sundays
10-12pm
Member Price: $5
Non-member Price: $5

Due to the increased risk of COVID-19, Short Story Salon will be moving online indefinitely through the Zoom app. For a limited time we are reducing the price of these sessions. Please register online so that you are sent the login information.

Do you love to write short stories? Flash fiction, longer shorts? Maybe you’ve never tried writing a short story and want to start.

The Short Story Salon is a place for writers to come together, share ideas, write collaboratively or alone. We’ll write, share and discuss. Each week we will study a published short story and discuss what works and what doesn’t. We’ll look at different forms from flash fiction to the more traditional 3000-5000 word story, practice a variety of genres and hone your short story skills with a goal of submitting to literary journals.

Guest speakers may appear.

If you think a short story collection may be in your future, this will be a great way to generate content.

Drop ins are welcome but registration is recommended.

- Course Type: fiction - Genre: Short Fiction - Event: Sunday Programs View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Poetry Cafe

Laurie Fuhr
Sunday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
varies
Member Price: $5
Non-member Price: $5

Due to the increased risk of COVID-19, Poetry Cafe will be moving online indefinitely through the Zoom app. For a limited time we are reducing the price of these sessions. Please register online so that you are sent the login information.

Imagine a place where poets gather regularly to write new work, share poems, and encourage one another. Poetry Cafe is your oasis and your community. No matter what life has in store, poetry can be part of your life every week. Anticipate occasional surprises and special guests too!

Poetry Cafe combines poetry prompts or exercises to generate poems with workshopping and discussion. It’s great for both emerging and established poets, and it’s open to poets of all ages. Join us to write with prompts from 12:30-1:45 and workshopping from 1:45-2:30. Great for both emerging and established poets and it’s open to poets of all ages. Let’s have some fun and write together.

click link below to view upcoming dates

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R.I.W.O. – Reality Is Woefully Obligatory

Emily Firmston
Third Friday of the Month
7-8:30 PM
(Year Round)
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: Free

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. For ages 16-25 to share community, creativity, interests, writing, and more.

Offical meeting once a month with daily chats on Discord.

Join today!

- Level: Ages 16-25 View Course Details & Register

Adult Multi-Week Courses (Daytime)

ONLINE Creative Non-Fiction: True Stories Well Told

Laura Swart
Wednesdays
2-4pm MST
September 30, 2020 (6 Weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $240

Creative nonfiction has become the most popular genre in the literary community; large and small publishers alike are seeking CNF titles more vigorously than literary fiction and poetry. The genre includes travel writing, nature writing, science writing, sports writing, biography, autobiography, memoir, the interview, and personal essays. In this course, we’ll examine the Five R’s of creative non-fiction: Real life, Research, Write, Reflect, and Read. We’ll write a few first drafts, then choose one and improve upon it each week—and our readers will be as captivated by fact as they are by fiction.

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Laura Swart enjoys writing literary fiction, essays, drama, and poetry. She has taught writing classes to adult learners for over thirty years, encouraging students to find and raise their writing voices. Laura is director of I-AM ESL, a virtual language school that uses story and song to teach the intricacies of English to refugees. Her degrees and research in education, philosophy, and theology have shaped her thinking, her teaching, and her writing.

 

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Creative Non-Fiction - Event: Course View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Short Stories: Spin To Win! – FULL!

Lee Kvern
Tuesdays
10:30am-12:30pm MST
October 13, 2020 (8 Weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

Want to add some zest to that petite narrative? Need a bit of verve and vigor for your wee chronicle? Maybe you’re hoping to enter the CBC Short Story Prize or another big contest for little tales? Add that twist, that turn, that Spin to Win to increase tension in your short stories. Eight glorious weeks of everything short, everything spin. Come to write, come to win.

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Lee Kvern specializes in literary short stories and novels. Her short stories in 7 Ways To Sunday have garnered the national CBC Literary Award, Western Magazine Award, Hazel Hilles Memorial Short Fiction Prize, and the Howard ‘O’ Hagan Award. Novels: Afterall selected for Canada Reads (Regional), and also nominated for Alberta Books Awards, The Matter of Sylvie nominated for Alberta Book Awards and the Ottawa Relit Award. Lush Triumphant finalist 2018.  Nominated for Best of the Net 2018. Her work has been produced for CBC Radio, published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Fiction - Genre: All Genres View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Exercising Your Imaginative Muscle

Rosemary Nixon
Thursdays
1-3pm MST
October 15, 2020 (8 Weeks)
Member Price: $250
Non-member Price: $325

Looking for inspiration? Longing to nudge yourself out of your same-old writing style? Ready to meet—and really listen to–new characters whispering in your ear, dropping you tantalizing tidbits of their intriguing personalities, giving you hints of how to present them on the page? A creative 8-week course of work and play, immersing ourselves in my favourite creative exercises from one-pagers to paragraphs to single sentences and everything in between. They are fun, and wonderfully challenging. This 8-week class is guaranteed to springboard you to a higher level and leave you with pieces to send out to short fiction competitions or literary magazines or to immerse in your next novel or short story.

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Rosemary Nixon is a short story writer, novelist, editor at Freehand Books and winner of the Lois Hole Excellence in Editing Award, 2018. Her books have won/been shortlisted for various awards. Her latest, Are You Ready to be Lucky received nominations for two international prizes: The Frank O’Connor Short Story Collection Award, and The North American Forewards IndieFab Prize. Rosemary has taught at Sage Hill Writing Experience, The Banff Center, in the University of Saskatchewan’s grad program, and served as writer-in-residence at several universities and libraries across Canada. She teaches occasional summers on the Island of Samos, Greece.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction - Genre: All Genres - Event: Course View Course Details & Register

Adult Multi-Week Courses (Evening)

ONLINE Raising The Dead: Harvesting Historical Fiction from Your Family Tree – FULL!

Carolyn Pogue
Mondays
7-9pm MST
Sept. 21, 2020 (6 Weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $240

Join us for a unique adventure in history — yours. We will explore, dream, support, encourage, write and rewrite. Freefall exercises, homework, research and readings are all part of the mix. Over 6 weeks, we’ll look at what makes historical fiction believable, work on character development, structure, plot, symbols, setting, conflict.

This is an interactive online course using the Zoom web conferencing platform. 

Carolyn Pogue is the author of two books of historical fiction, Gwen and West Wind Calling, and several other titles. She is a longtime instructor at AWCS. She has recently made the leap to YouTube. Raising the dead is one Carolyn’s favourite endeavours.

NOTE: NO CLASS OCTOBER 12th

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Fiction - Genre: Historical Fiction - Event: Course View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Creative Writing Basics 1 (Evening)

Robin van Eck
Wednesdays
7-9pm MST
September 30, 2020 (8 Weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

Start learning the foundation of creative writing. Creative Writing Basics 1 is designed for individuals new to the craft, or writers who may have taken a creative writing class in the past and are looking for a refresh. Topics will include: free writing, establishing a writing practice, story arc, character, setting, conflict, POV, dialogue, description and writing mechanics. Students can expect lecture, discussion, writing exercises, and writing outside of class. Sharing is encouraged but always optional. By the end of this class, students will have the basic tools to write compelling short stories or creative nonfiction.

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Robin van Eck grew up in British Columbia and moved to Calgary in 2000. Fiction is her world. Her work has appeared in FreeFall Magazine, Freshwater Pearls Anthology (Recliner Books, 2011), Prairie Journal, Crack the Spine, Maudlin House, Alberta Views and most recently, Lamplight and the Waiting Anthology. Her first novel, Rough, will be released in November 2020 from Stonehouse Publishing.  For more information: www.robinzvaneck.com

- Level: Beginner - Course Type: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction - Genre: All Genres View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Opinion Series – Kill them with Facts: Writing the Hard-Core Editorial – FULL!

Marzena Czarnecka
Thursday
7-9pm MST
October 1, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

In this foundational class for the Opinion Writing Series, you will learn the basic principles of editorial and opinion writing, argument-building structures, persuasion techniques, and methods for finding (and fighting with) facts. Targeted at both aspiring bloggers and the experienced writers who want to sharpen their argumentative skills.

This class is part of the Opinion Writing Series. Register for one or register for all six and receive 20% off. Use OPINIONS20 upon checkout.

The other OPINION SERIES classes can be found under Adult Multi-Week Courses (Evening)

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Marzena Czarnecka has written on business, law, energy, strategy, corporate responsibility, and social justice for virtually all of Canada’s leading magazines and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and its Law Page, Report on Business, The National Post and The Financial Post, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, Profit, Ruth Kelly’s Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil, Enterprise, WestWorld, as well as ThomsonReuters’ specialty publications, and, locally, Redpoint Media’s Avenue. Her flagship opinion columns include “Last Word” (Lexpert, 2000-2012), “Legal Eagles” (Alberta Venture, 2011-2013), and “Strategy Session” (Alberta Venture, 2013-2015). Also a published poet and novelist, Marzena is currently teaching journalism at SAIT, and blogging the pandemic at NothingByTheBook.com.

She’s previously taught fiction writing at AWCS as her novelist self, M. Jane Colette. You can view her some of her non-fiction portfolio and opinion pieces at CalgaryBusinessWriter.com.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Newswriting - Event: Course View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Famous Poets Presents: Spooky Poets

Laurie Anne Fuhr
Wednesdays
7-9pm MST
October 7, 2020 (3 Weeks)
Member Price: $90
Non-member Price: $120

October 7th – Gwendolyn MacEwen was a Canadian poet fascinated by magic, history, nature, and the occult. She dressed the part, with dark-rimmed eyes and gothic style sensibilities. Despite the challenges of being surrounded by patriarchal cronyism and big male egos, she began her career at age 17, published fourteen books of poetry and other works, won the Governor General’s award (twice), and is still widely regarded as one of the best poets Canada has produced. What do the glowing tomes of her short life tell us of her spiritual path in poetry and the mystic illuminations that flowed from her pen? Learn of her life, revel in her revelations, and channel Gwendolyn in your own poems in this focused class.

October 14th – Edgar Allan Poe, author of The Raven and other poems, of early American short stories, and inventor of horror, lived a life almost as macabre and mysterious as his work itself. Despite the deaths of loved ones, misfortune, and lack of fortune – or perhaps because of these – Poe left behind delightfully spine-tingling, spooky works of imagination that live on today. What is so enduring in his creations, and what inspiration can we gain from work published before his unsolved death at age 40? Join us for a Poe-try class unlike any other. Prompts that show us how to wield significant elements of his style are woven into his life story from beginning to end… as you are unwittingly sealed for eternity behind brick. Bwa ha ha ha! (Oops – was that out loud?).

October 21 – Many know and love the poetry of Sylvia Plath. The story of her life is inspiring, touching, and unnerving; her deep sensitivity informed the keen insights of her poetry, but included a depression she described as a ‘bell jar’ over her head that eventually swallowed her. In this class, we’ll learn of the life events that lead to her fame and contributed to her decline, and the volumes of her poetry published in life and death. We’ll sit beside Sylvia when she rents Yeats’ spooky old house in London as she cares for her young children, fights inner darkness, and writes some of her most important work. And we’ll study poems that reveal her literary genius and inspire our own deeply-felt writing, words that fight the gravitational pull of the swirling darkness within.

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Laurie Anne Fuhr is a writer and songwriter. Her poetry collection ‘night flying’ was published in 2018 by Frontenac House, and her work has been featured in numerous anthologies and publications. From 2008-2011 she was managing editor of filling Station Magazine. A member of the League of Canadian Poets and Poetry In Voice, she has been an instructor with AWCS for over five years, teaching classes such as Free Verse Revival, Womens’ Verse Revival, Espresso Poetry, Famous Poets, and her ongoing Sunday drop-in prompts session, Poetry Café. Poets’ Roundtable is a recent addition — sign up via the Events Calendar!

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Poetry View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Opinion Series – Passion on the Page: Writing the Personal Opinion Column

Marzena Czarnecka
Thursday
7-9pm MST
October 8, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

You’ve got experience, expertise, thoughts, opinions—so many opinions! Learn how to effectively write first-person opinion columns that change minds, hearts, policy, and the world. You’ll learn how to put your experience in the service of your target audience, and how to write lean, persuasive prose that makes readers think (and maybe vote?) the way you want them to. Great for bloggers, unrepentant Facebook rant posters, and writers wanting to break into magazine and newspaper opinion writing.

This class is part of the Opinion Writing Series. Register for one or register for all six and receive 20% off. Use OPINIONS20 upon checkout.

The other OPINION SERIES classes can be found under Adult Multi-Week Courses (Evening)

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Marzena Czarnecka has written on business, law, energy, strategy, corporate responsibility, and social justice for virtually all of Canada’s leading magazines and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and its Law Page, Report on Business, The National Post and The Financial Post, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, Profit, Ruth Kelly’s Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil, Enterprise, WestWorld, as well as ThomsonReuters’ specialty publications, and, locally, Redpoint Media’s Avenue. Her flagship opinion columns include “Last Word” (Lexpert, 2000-2012), “Legal Eagles” (Alberta Venture, 2011-2013), and “Strategy Session” (Alberta Venture, 2013-2015). Also a published poet and novelist, Marzena is currently teaching journalism at SAIT, and blogging the pandemic at NothingByTheBook.com.

She’s previously taught fiction writing at AWCS as her novelist self, M. Jane Colette. You can view her some of her non-fiction portfolio and opinion pieces at CalgaryBusinessWriter.com.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Newswriting - Event: Course View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Opinion Series – Those Who Can, Criticize: Writing the Entertainment Review

Marzena Czarnecka
Thursday
7-9pm MST
October 22, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

Film buff? Theatre lover? Concert addict? Want to take your documentation of that experience beyond “That movie sucked” to entertaining, informative—and publishable—critique? This workshop will teach you how to write film, theatre, concert, and album reviews that entertain, persuade, and, most importantly of all, build readers’ trust—and keep them coming for more.

This class is part of the Opinion Writing Series. Register for one or register for all six and receive 20% off. Use OPINIONS20 upon checkout.

The other OPINION SERIES classes can be found under Adult Multi-Week Courses (Evening)

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Marzena Czarnecka has written on business, law, energy, strategy, corporate responsibility, and social justice for virtually all of Canada’s leading magazines and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and its Law Page, Report on Business, The National Post and The Financial Post, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, Profit, Ruth Kelly’s Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil, Enterprise, WestWorld, as well as ThomsonReuters’ specialty publications, and, locally, Redpoint Media’s Avenue. Her flagship opinion columns include “Last Word” (Lexpert, 2000-2012), “Legal Eagles” (Alberta Venture, 2011-2013), and “Strategy Session” (Alberta Venture, 2013-2015). Also a published poet and novelist, Marzena is currently teaching journalism at SAIT, and blogging the pandemic at NothingByTheBook.com.

She’s previously taught fiction writing at AWCS as her novelist self, M. Jane Colette. You can view her some of her non-fiction portfolio and opinion pieces at CalgaryBusinessWriter.com.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Newswriting - Event: Course View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Roaring Poems In The Hush of Winter

Jade O'Riley
Mondays
7-9:00pm MST
November 2, 2020 (6 Weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $240

Take time for contemplation, hot chocolate and writing roaring poems in the hush of winter. In this class you’ll light fires of inspiration and creativity writing a variety of poetry forms and styles each week. Class begins with a writing warmup; there’s time to create your poems, share, get feedback and wrap up the class with writing tips.

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Jade O’Riley teaches many poetry forms and styles and developed an editing method entitled Poet’s Toolbox to help poets gain writing confidence. Since 2007 Jade has taught poetry in several venues including City of Edmonton, Poetry Festival and Stroll of Poets; she’s published fifteen poetry chapbooks featuring the poets from her classes.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Poetry View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Opinion Series – A Feast of all the Senses: Writing the Restaurant Review

Marzena Czarnecka
Thursday
7-9pm MST
November 5, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

Admit it. There’s a restaurant critic inside you dying to get out. It’s not that you don’t enjoy the eating aspect of going to restaurants. But the talking about the experience—the delicious, the tepid, the terrifying (yes, there was a fly in the soup, and it was not intentional)—is usually even better than the experience. Awesome. Let’s learn how to turn that talking into writing, so that other foodies listen. Perfect for compulsive Yelp reviewers, aspiring bloggers, and foodies with a voracious appetite for words.

This class is part of the Opinion Writing Series. Register for one or register for all six and receive 20% off. Use OPINIONS20 upon checkout.

The other OPINION SERIES classes can be found under Adult Multi-Week Courses (Evening)

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Marzena Czarnecka has written on business, law, energy, strategy, corporate responsibility, and social justice for virtually all of Canada’s leading magazines and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and its Law Page, Report on Business, The National Post and The Financial Post, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, Profit, Ruth Kelly’s Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil, Enterprise, WestWorld, as well as ThomsonReuters’ specialty publications, and, locally, Redpoint Media’s Avenue. Her flagship opinion columns include “Last Word” (Lexpert, 2000-2012), “Legal Eagles” (Alberta Venture, 2011-2013), and “Strategy Session” (Alberta Venture, 2013-2015). Also a published poet and novelist, Marzena is currently teaching journalism at SAIT, and blogging the pandemic at NothingByTheBook.com.

She’s previously taught fiction writing at AWCS as her novelist self, M. Jane Colette. You can view her some of her non-fiction portfolio and opinion pieces at CalgaryBusinessWriter.com.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Newswriting - Event: Course View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Opinion Series – Who that? Writing the Business Profile

Marzena Czarnecka
Thursday
7-9pm MST
November 19, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

Want to make money freelance writing? Then you’ve got to master writing the business profile. Writers who can capture the soul of a business, industry, or entrepreneur in 750-1500 words are always in demand. Apply your love of storytelling and writing to this lucrative specialty, and learn how to make CEOs, manager-owners, and tax lawyers look like rock star and the rise and fall—and rise again!—of their businesses read like epic hero journeys. Great for freelance journalists and corporate communications writers alike.

This class is part of the Opinion Writing Series. Register for one or register for all six and receive 20% off. Use OPINIONS20 upon checkout.

The other OPINION SERIES classes can be found under Adult Multi-Week Courses (Evening)

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Marzena Czarnecka has written on business, law, energy, strategy, corporate responsibility, and social justice for virtually all of Canada’s leading magazines and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and its Law Page, Report on Business, The National Post and The Financial Post, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, Profit, Ruth Kelly’s Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil, Enterprise, WestWorld, as well as ThomsonReuters’ specialty publications, and, locally, Redpoint Media’s Avenue. Her flagship opinion columns include “Last Word” (Lexpert, 2000-2012), “Legal Eagles” (Alberta Venture, 2011-2013), and “Strategy Session” (Alberta Venture, 2013-2015). Also a published poet and novelist, Marzena is currently teaching journalism at SAIT, and blogging the pandemic at NothingByTheBook.com.

She’s previously taught fiction writing at AWCS as her novelist self, M. Jane Colette. You can view her some of her non-fiction portfolio and opinion pieces at CalgaryBusinessWriter.com.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Newswriting - Event: Course View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Opinion Series – WTF Happened and Why: Writing the Event Story

Marzena Czarnecka
Thursday
7-9pm MST
November 26, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

You came. You saw. You experienced. Now what? You’re going to write about it, of course, and hopefully sell it. Learn how to prep and pitch event stories to blogs and magazines, what to gather and focus on while you’re attending, and how to write them. Targeted at freelance writers, applicable to travel writers and corporate communicators.

This class is part of the Opinion Writing Series. Register for one or register for all six and receive 20% off. Use OPINIONS20 upon checkout.

The other OPINION SERIES classes can be found under Adult Multi-Week Courses (Evening)

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Marzena Czarnecka has written on business, law, energy, strategy, corporate responsibility, and social justice for virtually all of Canada’s leading magazines and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and its Law Page, Report on Business, The National Post and The Financial Post, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, Profit, Ruth Kelly’s Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil, Enterprise, WestWorld, as well as ThomsonReuters’ specialty publications, and, locally, Redpoint Media’s Avenue. Her flagship opinion columns include “Last Word” (Lexpert, 2000-2012), “Legal Eagles” (Alberta Venture, 2011-2013), and “Strategy Session” (Alberta Venture, 2013-2015). Also a published poet and novelist, Marzena is currently teaching journalism at SAIT, and blogging the pandemic at NothingByTheBook.com.

She’s previously taught fiction writing at AWCS as her novelist self, M. Jane Colette. You can view her some of her non-fiction portfolio and opinion pieces at CalgaryBusinessWriter.com.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Newswriting - Event: Course View Course Details & Register

Adult One-Day Workshops

ONLINE Sentence by Sentence

Stephanie Wong Ken
Saturday
10am-2:30pm MST
October 3, 2020
Member Price: $60
Non-member Price: $80

In this one day workshop, we will explore how attention to rhythm, variation, syntax, and musicality can make your sentences more effective. Sentences can be a world onto themselves, creating character, voice, mood, and tone in a story. We will read and discuss the sentences of writers such as R.O. Kwon, Amy Hempel, Karen Green, Carmen Maria Machado, Renata Adler, Christine Schutt, and Mary Gaitskill, examining how they move readers in surprising ways, word by word, line by line. A workshop for writers obsessed with language, and its many powers, as well as those interested in getting more comfortable with the words on the page.

This is an interactive workshop using the Zoom web conferencing platform. 

Raised in Florida, Steph Wong Ken is currently based in Calgary. Her work has appeared in Ninth LetterJoylandPithead Chapel, Moss, and other publications, and she has an MFA in fiction from Portland State University.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Language - Genre: All Genres - Event: Workshop View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Scene Construction

Susan Forest
Saturday
10am-3:30pm MST
October 24, 2020
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Nancy Kress likely spoke for a lot of writers when she said, “When I started writing in scenes, I started selling.” Designed for writers early in their development, this one-day class will look at what is a scene, how scenes are structured (their function within a larger work and their internal structure), and what elements should be included. Students are asked to bring a scene they are working on, to develop further over the course of the session.

This is an interactive online workshop using the Zoom web conferencing platform.

Susan Forest writes science fiction, fantasy and horror, and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, to be followed by Flights of Marigolds (2020). She has published over 25 short stories, contributes to When Words Collide, and has appeared at many international writing conferences. speculative-fiction.ca.

- Level: Beginner - Genre: All Genres View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Places In The Heart

Judah Leblang
Saturday
10am-4pm MST
November 21, 2020
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

This hands-on, active workshop will focus on the role that setting — the places and eras that have shaped us — plays in our lives. As memoir-writers and storytellers, how can we capture the essence of places we have lived, so that a reader can experience the world we come from, whether that world was San Francisco in the 1960s, Toronto in the ’80s, or Calgary in the 2000s?

We will do several short writing exercises in class, and examine the work of writers who bring places alive, including Kim Barnes, Howard Axelrod, and others. Come prepared to write, to listen, and to share in a supportive atmosphere. You will leave the workshop with drafts of several short pieces in progress, along with an expanded toolbox to develop a sense of place and setting in your work.

This is an interactive workshop using the Zoom web conferencing platform. 

Judah Leblang is a Boston-based writer, teacher, and storyteller. He has performed his one-man show, “It’s Now or Never. My Life in the Late Middle Ages” at community centres and Fringe Festivals in the US and Canada, including Calgary (Best of Fringe, 2019). He is the author of two memoirs, Finding My Place (Lake Effect Press, 2012) and Echoes of Jerry (Red Giant Books, 2019). His essays and commentaries have been broadcast on public radio stations throughout the US, and on several Canadian stations. He teaches creative nonfiction at Grubstreet writing centre in Boston.    

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction - Genre: All Genres - Event: Course View Course Details & Register

Spring Feature Workshop w/ Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr
Saturday
10-3:00pm
May 29, 2021 (One Day)
Member Price: $200
Non-member Price: $225

Breaking the “Pre-”  off the “-Dictable”

A writing workshop exploring habit and strangeness, with the goal of seeing our work—and the world—with new eyes.

We humans need habit: habit helps us cook dinner, feel safe, and find light switches in the dark. But as an old proverb puts it, “habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.” How often do we rely on the habitual in our writing? In this four-hour workshop, we’ll try to investigate the formulaic and the familiar—from cliches at the sentence level to cliches at the structural level—and understand how we might better recognize, utilize, and resist the habitual in our novels, stories, essays, and poems. Do we want our work to be soporific, or do we want our work to wake our readers up to the exquisite miracles of being alive? As Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us, “People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.”

May 29, 2021| 10am-3:00pm

Calgary Public Library

 

AWCS/WGA Members: $200

Non-Members: $225

 

 

- Level: All levels. - Event: Spring Feature Workshop View Course Details & Register

Adult Micro Workshops

ONLINE Have Tea with Your Inner Critic

Wilma Rubens
Thursday
7-9pm MST
September 24, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

Most writers are plagued by inner voices that stop us in our creative tracks. We will explore how to own and release them, by making them characters in a story or small vignettes. By making them ‘real’ we transform them into allies and enrich our writing.

This is an interactive workshop using the Zoom web conferencing platform. 

Wilma G. Rubens is a poet and creative nonfiction writer. She authored a poetry book Entangled Enchantments and has published articles in magazines in Australia and Canada. She has completed her memoir Circling The Edge. She is a creative facilitator. She teaches Conflict Resolution for the Workplace and Life Writing with the Calgary Board of Education, AWCS and Canmore Learning. She inspires people to write, to claim their unique life story and wisdom. She loves to work with diverse learners and intergenerational groups as they share their stories and insights.

- Level: All Levels - Genre: All Genres View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Poet’s Toolbox

Jade O'Riley
Thursday
7-9pm MST
October 8, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

Learn how to edit and polish poems using prosody: the science of sound. The better we hear the words we create the better we’re able to create alluring rhythm patterns that ease the ear and assists both comprehension and appreciation of the poem. Bring to class poems you’d like to improve and let’s polish them up with confidence!

This is an interactive workshop using the Zoom web conferencing platform. 

Jade O’Riley teaches many poetry forms and styles and developed an editing method entitled Poet’s Toolbox to help poets gain writing confidence. Since 2007 Jade has taught poetry in several venues including City of Edmonton, Poetry Festival and Stroll of Poets; she’s published fifteen poetry chapbooks featuring the poets from her classes. 

 

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Poetry View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Legacy Writing For Future Generations

Sharon McLeay
Thursday
9:30am-12pm MST
October 15, 2020
Member Price: $35
Non-member Price: $50

Have you always wanted to document your life stories for future generations, but have never gotten around to it, or known where to begin? Perhaps you have started but are stuck or overwhelmed. Maybe you want to pen your stories just for yourself, without any intention of sharing. If any of these scenarios ring true, this class is for you. Over 2.5 hours we’ll examine your past, discover stories and construct written vignettes or “captured moments” of your life. At the end of the class, you will have a collection of stories and the know-how to continue your legacy writing.

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Sharon McLeay MA is the author of three memoirs as well as newspaper and magazine articles and creative non-fiction that has been published in various anthologies. She has a master’s degree in life writing and has taught memoir and creativity at AWCS for several years. Her current efforts are focused on her own memoir, developing a series of memoir courses to be delivered in the USA and on a book to help memoir writers compose authentic life stories.

- Level: All Levels - Genre: Memoir, Legacy View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Breaking Into Traditional Publishing

P.J. Vernon
Thursday
7-9pm MST
October 15, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

Securing literary representation is a hell of a marathon. It’s rigorous, emotionally draining, and 99% interminable waiting. But here’s the good news: the only requirement is your own stubborn tenacity. Talent’s entirely learnable, and in this biz? You only fail if you quit. So if inking a traditional book deal is your writerly goal, join us for an unflinching deep dive into the process of becoming agented. Knowing when you’re “ready” to pitch, query letters, synopses, strategies — in this interactive webinar, we’ll tackle all your questions (so please bring them!) and separating realistic expectations from discouraging myths.

This is an interactive workshop using the Zoom web conferencing platform.

P.J. Vernon is “a name to watch in the thriller genre” (Booklist). Library Journal and Book Riot compare his critically-acclaimed Gothic debut When You Find Me to Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. Vernon’s next thriller, Bath Haus, pitched as “Gone Girl with gays and Grindr” is forthcoming from Doubleday US (Penguin Random House, 2021). Vernon is represented by Aevitas Creative Management (literary) and United Talent Agency (film). He and his husband live in Canada.

- Level: All Levels - Genre: All Genres - Event: Course View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Learning from the Masters: Shakespeare

Laura Swart
Thursday
7-9pm
October 29, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

We learn by understanding essence, Hans Gadamer contends, so who better to teach us than the Bard himself? In this workshop, we’ll look at some of Shakespeare’s best-loved scenes and discuss how to strengthen our prose with dramatic techniques. We’ll examine character flaws, dialogue, nemeses, suspense, subplots, irony, imagery, pathos—and anything else that comes to the surface as we lean back and think on such stuff as dreams are made on.

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Laura Swart enjoys writing literary fiction, essays, drama, and poetry. She has taught writing classes to adult learners for over thirty years, encouraging students to find and raise their writing voices. Laura is director of I-AM ESL, a virtual language school that uses story and song to teach the intricacies of English to refugees. Her degrees and research in education, philosophy, and theology have shaped her thinking, her teaching, and her writing.

 

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Fiction - Genre: All Genres View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Storytelling Through Tarot

Meghan Victoria
Friday
2-5pm MST
October 30, 2020
Member Price: $45
Non-member Price: $60

The art of tarot is as ancient and mystical as is the art of storytelling itself. In this class, students will use tarot to generate ideas, develop character and plot, and tap into their own intuition to expand their writing and build on their current process. No prior knowledge of tarot is required and students are not required to have their own tarot deck.

This is an interactive workshop using the Zoom web conferencing platform.

Meghan Victoria writes in a variety of genres and her short fiction has been published by the Antigonish Review, Coffin Hop Press, and Morning Rain Publishing. Meghan has spent two years as part of the Banff Centre Residency Program and is finalizing edits for her first novel.

- Level: All Levels View Course Details & Register

ONLINE The Future of The Past

Susan Forest
Tuesday
7-9pm MST
November 10, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

Historical and alternate-historical settings are not static. How do the thematic concerns of writers in 2020 inform the way they imagine and re-imagine stories set in, or inspired by, Earth’s history?

This is an interactive online course using the Zoom web conferencing platform.

Susan Forest writes science fiction, fantasy and horror, and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, came out in 2019, to be followed by Flights of Marigolds (2020). She has published over 25 short stories, contributes to When Words Collide, and has appeared at many international writing conferences. speculative-fiction.ca.

- Level: All Levels - Genre: All Genres View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Resonance in Writing: The Personal to the Universal

Josephine LoRe
Thursday
6-9pm
November 12, 2020
Member Price: $45
Non-member Price: $60

We will consider pieces in which Imagery and Resonance are prominent and look at how they are used for effect.  What word choices in your poetry (and general writing) describe and evoke?  How does this affect tone and reinforce theme?  You may say, “My heart is like a bird” — but is it an eagle?  a vulture?  A dove?  an albatross?  How does your experience or perspective resonate with your readers, so that the personal becomes an echo of the universal?

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

a pearl in this diamond world … Josephine LoRe’s words have been read on stage, published in literary journals and anthologies in nine countries, put to music, danced to, integrated into visual art, and interpreted through American Sign Language.  She is currently working on a multimedia project which incorporates haiku and photography and will be exhibited in September 2020.

Josephine has two collections, Unity and the Calgary Herald Bestseller The Cowichan Series.  Her poetry has been published in FreeFall Magazine, the Prairie Journal, Haiku Canada anthologies, GUSTS Tanka, the (M)othering Anthology, the War Memory Project, YYC PoP Portraits of People, the Parkland Poets anthology, and numerous pandemic anthologies.  Josephine features frequently at live and virtual literary events internationally, and has mentored emerging poets and writers.

She has an MA in Comparative Literature from l’Université de Rouen, a bilingual BEd from l’Université Laurentienne and an Honour’s BA in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Toronto. https://www.josephinelorepoet.com/

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction - Genre: All Genres View Course Details & Register

ONLINE From Memory To Imagination

Sharon McLeay
Tuesday
7-9:30pm MST
November 17, 2020
Member Price: $35
Non-member Price: $50

“It’s just at the tip of my tongue.” How many times have you said this when trying to remember details to write life stories? This 2.5-hour class will use writing exercises to help you remember and in more detail from all of the senses. Recognizing that memory plays tricks on us, we’ll explore honesty and the role of imagination when writing about past remembrances. We’ll practice skills that will allow you to stay true to the essence of your story without exact recall, and how to use imagination to enrich scenes, characters, plot and settings. Methods you can continue to use after the workshop. Note: Participants should bring 3-4 old photographs and an item with a scent that reminds them of something from the past.

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

Sharon McLeay MA is the author of three memoirs as well as newspaper and magazine articles and creative non-fiction that has been published in various anthologies. She has a master’s degree in life writing and has taught memoir and creativity at AWCS for several years. Her current efforts are focused on her own memoir, developing a series of memoir courses to be delivered in the USA and on a book to help memoir writers compose authentic life stories.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction - Genre: All Genres View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Beginnings and Endings

Stephanie Wong Ken
Wednesday
6-8pm MST
November 18, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

Often, as a writer, a strong beginning and ending can make or break your story. In this micro-workshop, we will explore ways to begin a short story or long-form fiction piece to engage a reader and set up the narrative. We’ll also look at the impact of endings, and how you can end a story with maximum effect. We will read examples of beginnings and endings, and work through discussion questions as well as prompts to explore these craft elements.

This is an interactive workshop using the Zoom web conferencing platform. 

Raised in Florida, Steph Wong Ken is currently based in Calgary. Her work has appeared in Ninth LetterJoylandPithead Chapel, Moss, and other publications, and she has an MFA in fiction from Portland State University.

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Fiction - Genre: All Genres View Course Details & Register

Youth Classes and Clubs - Sept-June

Young Journalist Program

Patti Edgar
First and Third Mondays of the month
6:30-8:30 PM
September 21, 2020 (Full-Year (Sept-June))
Member Price: $350
Non-member Price: $450

The Young Journalist Program is for youth aged 14-19 looking to enter the field of journalism.

*Online For Now – This normally in-person program is currently running online until it is safe to return to the classroom.

EXPLORE! DIG! WRITE!

This elite program allows Young Journalists to meet professionals in many fields of journalism, enabling them to ask questions and get the real scoop on what journalism is today as well as in the future.

Young Journalists will create a print and/or online newspaper to give them practical experience in writing content, editing, organizing, and publishing content.

Using this content, the Young Journalists will create a portfolio that can be used to improve their chances of acceptance to the degree program of their choice.

See our Website http://www.zednewsyyc.weebly.com

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR – PATTI EDGAR

Patti Edgar teaches in Mount Royal University’s journalism department. She has worked as multimedia writer and editor at CBC Calgary, as well as a reporter at several newspapers, including the Winnipeg Free Press and Ottawa Citizen. Students have won awards for projects created in her classroom, including the Canadian Association of Journalists Student Award of Excellence

- Level: Jr/Sr high - Course Type: Journalism - Genre: Non-Fiction - Youth Programming: Class View Course Details & Register

Pen & Panel Comic Creation Class

Sebastien Ringuette
First and third Thursday
5 PM - 6:30 PM
Sept 5 - Join anytime (September - June)
Member Price: $200
Non-member Price: $260

*Online For Now – This normally in-person program is currently running online until it is safe to return to the classroom. 

Play drawing games, improve your art style, learn to make comics both online and on paper and pitch ideas, plus lots more! Hang out with like-minded artists and comic writers. Work on individual projects or collaborate. Focus on topics that will help you expand your skillset. Ages 12 and up. September to June, join any time.

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER – HENRY GREYSON instructing an Animation Workshop – Oct 15, 5-6:30 PM (online)

Delve into the crucial aspect of animation in between the written word and the final visuals on the screen. Merging the two is easier said than done. Find the tools you can use to get those ideas out of your brain and into animation.

We will cover the following:

-Fundamentals of visual storytelling
-Dissecting animation to understand what works
-Type of shot selection, and what they mean
-Making your ideas make sense to you
-Thumbnails and their importance
-How best to convey the ideas to others
-How to start
-Q&As

*** (free for members of Pen&Panel). Drawing skills aren’t necessary for the workshop, stick figures are totally a-okay.

- Course Type: Comics - Youth Programming: Course View Course Details & Register

Reality Is Optional Writing Club

Kim Firmston
Monday (2nd and 4th Monday of the month)
5:00-6:30
Runs year round (Sept - June) Join anytime (10 months)
Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $195

*Online For Now – This normally in-person program is currently running online until it is safe to return to the classroom. 

Reality Is Optional Writing Club (RIO) – Do you love to play? Do you love writing? Well, why not do both with every kind of genre and style under the sun?  Writing games, art, improv, friends, and creativity. Play with your words! All grades, all levels, twice a month. Join any time!

- Level: All Ages - Course Type: Writing through games - Youth Programming: Clubs View Course Details & Register

Novelmancers Novel Writing Club

Kim Firmston
2nd Thursday of the Month
5:00-6:30
Sept - June (10 months)
Member Price: $100
Non-member Price: $130

*Online For Now – This normally in-person program is currently running online until it is safe to return to the classroom. 

Novelmancers Novel Writing Club. If you’re serious about writing and want to get that novel (or any long work) done, join us and lighten the load. Do writing activities and join in on discussions to get your skill level up. Take part in critique circles (optional). Join our NaNoWriMo classroom and write in. Become the writer you want to be.

All Ages. Join anytime

- Level: All Ages - Course Type: Novel Writing - Youth Programming: Clubs View Course Details & Register

Rogue Poets Poetry Club

Em Williamson
First and Third Tuesday of the month
5:00-6:30
September 15 (September - June)
Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $195

*Online For Now – This normally in-person program is currently running online until it is safe to return to the classroom. 

Rogue Poets Poetry Club – Explore what poetry can be, then take it past those limits. Join Coach Em Williamson on a journey to the outer edges of poetry and performance. Have the opportunity to perform on various stages with the Rogue Poets, hone your poetic craft, create collaborative work the likes of which you’ve never imagined, and even compete at the Can You Hear Me Now provincial school poetry slam. Jr/Sr High students only, please.

 

- Level: Jr/Sr High School - Genre: Poetry - Youth Programming: Clubs View Course Details & Register

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Adam, Anna, Kim, & Emily
Second and Last Saturday of the month
6:00-9:00 PM
Starts: September 12 (Online only) & 26 (Regular D&D) (Sept-May)
Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $195

Dungeons & Dragons Club – Enjoy fantasy? Want to live it? Join us for this epic and wildly creative game. Battle monsters, solve puzzles, find treasure, and learn to work in a team while telling and experiencing your story together. No experience necessary.

OUR REGULAR D&D*Online For Now – This normally in-person program is currently running online until it is safe to return to the classroom.  –  Grades 4-12 (split by age into groups of 5-8 players) and played on the Fourth Saturday of the Month.

These groups will be playing the dungeon – Curse of Strahd with Level 1 5E Characters (which we can help you make should you need it). This Dungeon will be in three groups led by Adam, Anna, and Kim.

NEW!!! D&D online exclusive – this exclusively online group is for anyone who doesn’t envision themselves feeling safe enough to return in person and those who live far away. This is played on Discord and is for Grades 6-12, on the Second Saturday of the Month.

This group will be playing the dungeon – The Adventurers’ Academy with level 6 5E Characters (which we can help you make should you need it). This Dungeon will be led by Emily.

- Level: Grade 4-12 - Course Type: Fantasy Role Playing - Youth Programming: Clubs View Course Details & Register

R.I.W.O. – Reality Is Woefully Obligatory

Emily Firmston
Third Friday of the Month
7-8:30 PM
(Year Round)
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: Free

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. For ages 16-25 to share community, creativity, interests, writing, and more.

Offical meeting once a month with daily chats on Discord.

Join today!

- Level: Ages 16-25 View Course Details & Register

Novelmancer Write In

Kim Firmston
First and third Thursday
8:30-10:00 PM
Sept 3 - Join anytime (September - June)
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: Free

Need to get that Novel or other long work done? Come join us on Discord for chill tunes, comradery, and the dedicated writing time you need. This is for all writers aged 25 and under. 12 and under are welcome but you will need to have your parents make a Discord account for you. And for those of any grade, come join us at Novelmancers for some intensive writing education specific to your novel or longer work (screenplay, short story collection, graphic novel, etc.).

- Level: Ages 13-25 - Youth Programming: Write-in View Course Details & Register

Student Support

AB Book Club for Kids and Teens

Erin Emily Anne Vance
Fourth Friday of the Month
3-4 PM and 4:30-5:30 PM
Starts Oct 23 (Monthly, Oct - June)
Member Price: $10 (free in October)
Non-member Price: $10 (free in October)

A reading club for you and your grades!

Reading comprehension, story analysis, book report prep, and a great discussion are all waiting for you. Boost your grades while discovering some really excellent Alberta writers.

Two Online Book Clubs! (choose the one that’s right for you – our ages are only a recommendation). BONUS: Order your book from Owl’s Nest Books and receive a 10% discount when you mention our book club.

Kids AB Book Club (Ages 8-12): October’s book: Haunted Hospital by Marty Chan,  November: Kasey & Ivy by Allison Hughes, December: Ghost Messages by Jacqueline Guest 

Teen AB Book Club (Ages 13-17): October’s book: Stupid by Kim Firmston, November: The Fountain by Suzy Vadori, December: Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah; Winnie Yeung

MORE BOOKS COMING FOR JANUARY!

- Course Type: Online book club - Youth Programming: Student Support View Course Details & Register

Saturday Workshops

Kim Firmston and Erin Vance
Saturday
10 AM
Member Price: $20 -$30
Non-member Price: $26-$39

Short workshops for the busy student!

These 1-1.5 hour workshops are here to give you a leg up in various subjects and skills you need for school and are designed to assist you in keeping up when life gets hectic.

We’re starting small, but more courses will follow, so keep checking back. And if you would like to see a workshop on a specific topic or chat about which programs would fit the specific needs of your student please contact Kim Firmston, AWCS Youth Program Director.

CURRENT COURSES

  • Essay Writing – the basics: Saturday, Oct 3, 10-11:30 AM
  • Researching Your Essay – without falling down a rabbit hole: Saturday, Oct 17, 10-11 AM
- Youth Programming: Student Support View Course Details & Register

Youth Tutoring

Instructor Varies
Monday-Saturday
Various times
(4 x 1hr Classes)
Member Price: $155
Non-member Price: $185

Offered online and in-person at our centre (in-person times are limited).

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

Tutoring is one on one and offered in one hour, four-class sessions created specifically to address your individual needs. It takes place online or at the AWCS  (limited times and days available for in-person)

Youth Tutoring and Homework Help

Want to impress your teachers? 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? Our one on one tutoring is perfect for students looking for a boost in essays, book reports, journalism, creative writing, poetry, or anything writing-related. Contact Kim Firmston to book your youth tutoring session. info@alexandrawriters.org

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELATION, ABSENCE, AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

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.

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Online Learning Pods

Kim Firmston and Erin Vance
Days and Times Vary
(4 hours of lessons in your configuration)
Member Price: $275 per group
Non-member Price: $275 per group

Create your own learning pod of students, pick a topic within the English Language Arts or Social Studies framework (Grade 1-12), and choose the length of classes and the frequency that works best. Then, let us create the perfect course for you and teach it to your group.

Minimum 2 students – Maximum 5

LEARN MORE HERE

- Level: Grades 1-12 - Youth Programming: Student Support View Course Details & Register

Academic Post-Secondary Tutoring

Instructor Varies
Monday-Saturday
Times Vary
Member Price: $270
Non-member Price: $350

Offered online and in-person at our centre (in-person times are limited)

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

Tutoring is one on one and offered in one hour, four-class sessions created specifically to address your individual needs. It takes place online or at the AWCS  (limited times and days available for in-person)

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? Having trouble knowing what to and how to cite? Are formatting and footnotes getting you down? AWCS has you covered. Qualified instructors will get you on track. Contact Kim Firmston to book your academic tutoring session. info@alexandrawriters.org

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELATION, ABSENCE, AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

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.

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Tutoring

Writing Improvement for Adults

Instructor Varies
Monday-Saturday
Times Vary
Member Price: $155
Non-member Price: $185

NOW ONLINE!

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

Tutoring is one on one and offered in one hour, four-class sessions created specifically to address your individual needs. It takes place online or at the AWCS  (limited times and days available for in-person)

Writing Improvement for Adults

Write well, write tight, and convey your ideas to others. One on One tutoring to help you improve your communication and literacy skills. Join one of our talented tutors to get you to the level you want to be. Contact Kim Firmston to book your tutoring session today. info@alexandrawriters.org

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELATION, ABSENCE, AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

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.

View Course Details & Register

Youth Tutoring

Instructor Varies
Monday-Saturday
Various times
(4 x 1hr Classes)
Member Price: $155
Non-member Price: $185

Offered online and in-person at our centre (in-person times are limited).

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

Tutoring is one on one and offered in one hour, four-class sessions created specifically to address your individual needs. It takes place online or at the AWCS  (limited times and days available for in-person)

Youth Tutoring and Homework Help

Want to impress your teachers? 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? Our one on one tutoring is perfect for students looking for a boost in essays, book reports, journalism, creative writing, poetry, or anything writing-related. Contact Kim Firmston to book your youth tutoring session. info@alexandrawriters.org

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELATION, ABSENCE, AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

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.

View Course Details & Register

Academic Post-Secondary Tutoring

Instructor Varies
Monday-Saturday
Times Vary
Member Price: $270
Non-member Price: $350

Offered online and in-person at our centre (in-person times are limited)

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

Tutoring is one on one and offered in one hour, four-class sessions created specifically to address your individual needs. It takes place online or at the AWCS  (limited times and days available for in-person)

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? Having trouble knowing what to and how to cite? Are formatting and footnotes getting you down? AWCS has you covered. Qualified instructors will get you on track. Contact Kim Firmston to book your academic tutoring session. info@alexandrawriters.org

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELATION, ABSENCE, AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

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.

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Special Events

Spring Feature – In Conversation w/ Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr
Friday
7pm
May 28, 2021 (One Day)
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $75

For Writers & Readers

In Conversation w/ Anthony Doerr

May 28, 2021 | 7pm

New Venue – Calgary Public Library

 

AWCS/WGA Members: $50

Non-Members: $75

 

In conjunction with the AWCS/WGA Joint Conference – May 28-30, 2021, join us for a mesmerizing evening with Anthony Doerr as he spills the details on the writing life, why stories are so important to our cultural landscape and the wonder and awe in the world around us. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Book signing to follow! Bring your copy of, or purchase at the event, any book written by Anthony Doerr.

- Level: All levels. Writers & Readers View Course Details & Register

Spring Feature Workshop w/ Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr
Saturday
10-3:00pm
May 29, 2021 (One Day)
Member Price: $200
Non-member Price: $225

Breaking the “Pre-”  off the “-Dictable”

A writing workshop exploring habit and strangeness, with the goal of seeing our work—and the world—with new eyes.

We humans need habit: habit helps us cook dinner, feel safe, and find light switches in the dark. But as an old proverb puts it, “habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.” How often do we rely on the habitual in our writing? In this four-hour workshop, we’ll try to investigate the formulaic and the familiar—from cliches at the sentence level to cliches at the structural level—and understand how we might better recognize, utilize, and resist the habitual in our novels, stories, essays, and poems. Do we want our work to be soporific, or do we want our work to wake our readers up to the exquisite miracles of being alive? As Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us, “People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.”

May 29, 2021| 10am-3:00pm

Calgary Public Library

 

AWCS/WGA Members: $200

Non-Members: $225

 

 

- Level: All levels. - Event: Spring Feature Workshop View Course Details & Register

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