Creative Writing Courses & Workshops

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. 

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2021/22 Courses & Workshops 

Become a Member Today

Become a Member Today

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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ABLit Book Club

ABLit Book Club
Heidi Klaassen
Thursdays 7-8:30pm
(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 2021/22. 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 approximately every 5 weeks.

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

Level: Adult Event: Book Club

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Webinars

WEBINAR How to Improve Your Online Presentations
Marty Chan
Wednesday 7-8pm MST
January 26, 2022
Member Price: $20
Non-member Price: $30

With virtual readings and workshops becoming a reality, authors must find a way to ramp up their online sessions to keep audiences watching. Author and virtual presenter, Marty Chan, shares his tips and techniques to making virtual sessions as engaging as in-person events. He’ll discuss the importance of camera placement, lighting, and Zoom tricks to help make your virtual sessions the talk of the breakout room.

This is an online webinar using the Zoom web platform.

Marty Chan writes books for kids, plays for adults, and tweets for fun. He’s best known for his hit plays Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl and The Bone House. A former writer-in-residence for the Edmonton Public Library, Marty is familiar with having to present to various ages and sizes of audiences. Thanks to the pandemic, he’s pivoted to online sessions and has developed a dynamic set of virtual sessions that engage kids of all ages. He lives and works in Edmonton.

Level: All Levels Event: Webinar

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WEBINAR Writers’ Conferences: Worth Your While?
Susan Forest
Wednesday 7-8pm MST
February 23, 2022
Member Price: $20
Non-member Price: $30

What is the purpose for attending writers’ conferences, beyond the benefits of programming? Whether you’re meeting agents, editors, and publishers or making presentations, this webinar will cover the ins and outs of writers’ conferences. Other topics will include sitting on panels, party etiquette, and a brief Q&A.

This is an online webinar using the Zoom web platform.

Susan Forest is the author of Aurora Award-winning Bursts of Fire (2019), as well as over 25 internationally-published short stories. She edits an award-winning anthology series for Laksa Media, and was Editor Guest of Honour at Keycon in 2021. The second novel of her seven-volume Addicted to Heaven series, Flights of Marigold (Publisher’s Lunch Selection), confronts issues of addictions in an epic fantasy world of intrigue and betrayal. speculative-fiction.ca

Level: All Levels Event: Webinar

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Drop-In Programs

ONLINE The Story Salon
Robin van Eck
Sundays 10-12pm
Member Price: $5
Non-member Price: $5

No experience required.

Do you love to write stories? Flash fiction, longer shorts? Novels? Creative Nonfiction?

The 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 start with sharing writing from the previous week or work on a prompt; we discuss brewing issues about the writers life such as moving past rejection, comparing ourselves to other writers, sharing our successes and roadblocks. Sometimes we write, sometimes we chat. We always have a good time.

Guest speakers may appear.

Registration Required.

Course Type: fiction Genre: Short Fiction Event: Sunday Programs

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

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.

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RIWO (Reality Is Woefully Obligatory)
Lee Firmston and Em Williamson
Days Vary Times Vary
Join anytime (Ongoing)
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: Free

A creative group for 16-25 year-olds to discuss writing, art, anime, video games, and all things creative. Find your community! Meet on Discord and In-Person – register to get the link.

Official meetings are on the third Friday of the month at 7 PM. Unofficial meetings – all the time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level: Ages 16-25 Course Type: Community Building

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Adult Multi-Week Courses (Daytime)

IN PERSON Essentials of Dialogue
Laura Swart
Tuesdays 1-3pm
November 16, 2021 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $130
Non-member Price: $170

We often talk about the writer’s “voice,” but in reality, a writer can take on numerous voices and numerous personas, depending on who the characters are. Consider Atticus and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men. How does one construct such beautifully rounded characters? Dialogue is an essential ingredient. In this course, we’ll examine several literary characters and use them as models to construct conversations between our own characters. We’ll pepper in some speech theory and tricks of the trade, and by the end of the course, we’ll know how to strengthen our characters through the words, rhythms, and tempo of their speech.

This class takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary.

Laura Swart is passionate about writing and teaching. She has taught creative and critical writing to adults for thirty years, encouraging students to find and raise their writing voices. She is a published novelist, poet, and playwright and the director of I-AM ESL, an online language school that uses story and song to teach the intricacies of English to refugees. Laura’s degrees and research in education, philosophy, and theology have shaped her thinking and woven themselves into her classroom and her writing.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Fiction Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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ONLINE 3 Month Novel Project
Sarah L. Johnson
Fridays 10am-12pm MST
January 21, 2022 (12 weeks)
Member Price: $385
Non-member Price: $500

NaNo for mortals is back and better than ever! Novel writing is hard, and perfectionism only makes it harder. Lower your standards and relax. No, lower…lower than that…half again as low…oh yeah, right there. See how good that feels? The first draft of anything is garbage and we’re going to embrace that, 3Mo-style.

Each class will include writing time with prompts and exercises, so no matter how bananas life gets, you will generate a weekly word count. We’ll look at elements of craft with an eye towards finding inspiration in our obstacles, track our progress, and let go of our egos by sharing bits of our wretched works in progress. 3MoNoPro is your support system, so lean into it. Let’s cheer each other on, and together we’ll finish what we start.

This course is for writers of all levels. If you can make writing your priority for 12 weeks, you can be a novelist.

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

Sarah L. Johnson is a bookseller, literary events coordinator, editor, publisher, and creative writing instructor. An Alberta Magazine Publishers Association finalist, her short fiction has appeared in Room, Plenitude, On Spec, and the Shirley Jackson award winning anthology TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS (Haverhill Press, 2019). She is the author of one collection of short stories SUICIDE STITCH (EMP Publishing 2015) and her debut novel, INFRACTUS (Coffin Hop Press, 2017). She is co-editor at The Seventh Terrace, a small press for horror fiction.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Fiction Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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IN PERSON Characters Who Propel Narrative
Susan Forest
Tuesdays 1-3pm
January 11, 2022 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $255
Non-member Price: $335

Breathing life into characters requires less description and more understanding of their beliefs, lies, and truths; less biography and more knowledge of their Garden of Shame and the ghost that haunts them; less setting and more analysis of the geography, society, and the eras that influenced them. Bring your novel or short story characters to this course, prepared to workshop and critique.

This class takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary.

Susan Forest is the author of Aurora Award-winning Bursts of Fire (2019), as well as over 25 internationally-published short stories. She edits an award-winning anthology series for Laksa Media, and was Editor Guest of Honour at Keycon in 2021. The second novel of her seven-volume Addicted to Heaven series, Flights of Marigold (Publisher’s Lunch Selection), confronts issues of addictions in an epic fantasy world of intrigue and betrayal. speculative-fiction.ca

Level: All Levels Course Type: Fiction Event: Course

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Adult Multi-Week Courses (Evening)

ONLINE Poetic Dreamscapes
Josephine LoRe
Wednesdays 6-8pm MST
November 3, 2021 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $130
Non-member Price: $170

Do you ever wake up with just the fragment of a dream lingering in your consciousness?  What kind of poetry would you write if you could wander barefoot through the dream imaginarium?  A world coloured Chagall blue, a world of underwater breathing, a world as evoked by Margaret Atwood in her poem Variations on the Word Sleep.  A world where you could have a glass of wine with Pan or converse with your long-gone ancestors.

Come ready to release preconceptions and inhibitions, and allow your writing to take wing in the wordless landscape of dreams.

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

Josephine LoRe is an award-winning poet and writer. Her work has been published in a number of reviews and anthologies in Canada, the US, England, Japan, India, and China, including The Prairie Journal, Haiku Canada, GUSTS Tanka, FreeFall, the (m)Othering Anthology, The War Memory Project and YYC PoP, Portraits of People.  She has featured at many Calgary poetry readings and has published two collections of poetry and photography, ‘Unity’ and Calgary Herald Bestseller ‘The Cowichan Series’.  She is a member of The League of Canadian Poets.

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

Level: All Levels Course Type: Poetry Event: Course

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ONLINE Manuscript Bootcamp
Kristine Scarrow
Wednesdays 6-8pm MST
January 12, 2022 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $255
Non-member Price: $335

Wondering how to revise your story? Sometimes all it takes is fresh eyes on it! Struggling with your manuscript and wanting feedback from other writers? Join this highly interactive workshop where you’ll have the opportunity to present a portion of your manuscript to the group and receive constructive feedback. One half of each class will be a tutorial on revision while the other half will be workshopping with your peers in the class. This course is open to writers of fiction as well as non-fiction/memoir.

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

Kristine Scarrow is the author of four young adult novels, including The Gamer’s Guide to Getting the Girl. She works as the writer-in-residence at St. Paul’s Hospital as part of the Healing Arts Program. She also teaches workshops on writing as healing in the community. She is a student in the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. Kristine lives in Saskatoon.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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IN PERSON Creative Writing Basics – Level One
Heather Osborne
Thursdays 7-9pm
January 13, 2022 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $255
Non-member Price: $335

Start learning the foundation of creative writing. Creative Writing Basics Level One 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 class takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary.

Heather Osborne writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance. She earned her doctorate of creative writing from the University of Calgary, and she is associate editor of the International Review of Science Fiction. Her first novel, Songbroken, is forthcoming from Forest Path Books (2022).

Level: Beginner Course Type: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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ONLINE Writing for Teens When You’re No Longer a Teen – Exploring YA
Kristine Scarrow
Wednesdays 6-8pm MST
March 23, 2022 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $125
Non-member Price: $165

Interested in writing young adult fiction? Spend four weeks with YA author Kristine Scarrow learning about the ins and outs of writing for teens and tips for making your story irresistible. We’ll explore dialogue, perspective, character development, plot, and the most important element for this discerning audience: authentic voice.

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

Kristine Scarrow is the author of four young adult novels, including The Gamer’s Guide to Getting the Girl. She works as the writer-in-residence at St. Paul’s Hospital as part of the Healing Arts Program. She also teaches workshops on writing as healing in the community. She is a student in the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. Kristine lives in Saskatoon.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Fiction Genre: Young Adult Event: Course

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Adult Weekend Workshops

ONLINE After “THE END”
Susan Forest
Saturday 10am-2pm MST
February 5, 2022
Member Price: $65
Non-member Price: $85

Typing “The End” is just the beginning of manuscript submission. Revision and editing, researching fiction markets, publishers and agents, creating your pitch and synopsis, and schmoozing, are just a few of the skills you should develop before submitting your manuscript. You’ll also need to consider the best publishing route for your project (Big Pub, Small Press, Indie), contracts, and career planning. And: book blurbs, back cover copy, launches, awards, and financial management. This workshop will raise questions for you to consider as you take your manuscript to the next level.

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

Susan Forest is the author of Aurora Award-winning Bursts of Fire (2019), as well as over 25 internationally-published short stories. She edits an award-winning anthology series for Laksa Media, and was Editor Guest of Honour at Keycon in 2021. The second novel of her seven-volume Addicted to Heaven series, Flights of Marigold (Publisher’s Lunch Selection), confronts issues of addictions in an epic fantasy world of intrigue and betrayal. speculative-fiction.ca

Level: All Levels Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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Adult Micro Workshops

ONLINE The Dreaded Query Letter – FULL!
Rayanne Haines
Monday 6-8pm MST
November 8, 2021
Member Price: $35
Non-member Price: $45

The query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: to entice the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. It requires a firm grasp of your story premise and a firm grasp of the query structure.

For some writers, the query will represent a completely different way of thinking about their book—because it means thinking about one’s work as a product to be sold.

This workshop focuses on query letters for fiction, memoir and poetry. We talk about what goes into it, what should stay out and how to best structure the letter to help you progress past gatekeepers. Examples will be provided but participants are encouraged to come with a query letter to be critiqued.

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

Rayanne Haines is an award winning and best selling author. Her writing has appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies both in Canada and Internationally. She is the host of the literary podcast Crow Reads, the Vice President for the League of Canadian Poets, and Past Executive Director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival.  Rayanne is a 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient and past writer in residence with Audreys Books. She is a member of the teaching faculty with Grant Macewan University. Her poetry and prose have been shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award and the John Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. The author of three poetry collections, and four genre-fiction books, her most recent book, Tell the Birds your Body is Not a Gun, focuses on mental health and intergenerational trauma.

Level: All Levels Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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IN PERSON Physical, Social, and Technological Geography for Speculative Worlds
Susan Forest
Wednesday 6-8pm
November 10, 2021
Member Price: $35
Non-member Price: $45

Most authors creating a science fictional or fantasy world develop a map to help them keep the physical geography straight, as well as to calculate travel times and other infrastructure to underlie the logic of their world. This mini-course will examine how basic geography interacts with society to create possible economies, travel routes, settlement locations, borders, clothing, architecture, myths, and more. Come with your ideas, sketches, or developed maps to discuss how your world can be deepened.

This class takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary.

Susan Forest is the author of Aurora Award-winning Bursts of Fire (2019), as well as over 25 internationally-published short stories. She edits an award-winning anthology series for Laksa Media, and was Editor Guest of Honour at Keycon in 2021. The second novel of her seven-volume Addicted to Heaven series, Flights of Marigold (Publisher’s Lunch Selection), confronts issues of addictions in an epic fantasy world of intrigue and betrayal. speculative-fiction.ca

 

Level: All Levels Course Type: Fiction Genre: Steampunk, Gothic, Crime, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Magical Realism Event: Course

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ONLINE The List Poem
Samantha Jones
Monday 6-8pm MST
November 22, 2021
Member Price: $35
Non-member Price: $45

A series of images, inventories of items or observations, instructionals, timelines, and how-tos. Let’s talk about list poems! In this two-hour workshop, we will read and discuss examples of list poems from the literature and create some works of our own. We will look at how poets use the list poem format to incite action, document process or happenings, and directly engage with the reader. We will complete a list making exercise to generate ideas for poems, and we will create original list poems inspired by the workshop readings and our discussion. You will leave the workshop with one or more list poems as well as several ideas to continue your list making on your own. There will be opportunities to share your work with the group and to ask questions. Similar to all of my workshops, you can expect the poems that we read in this class to represent diverse writers and experiences.

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

Samantha Jones (she/her) is a Calgary-based poet of mixed white settler and Black Canadian heritage. She is a literary magazine enthusiast with poetry published in Blanket SeaCV2GrainNew ForumRoomWatch Your Head, and elsewhere. Her words appear in the mental health chapbook anthology You are a Flower Growing off the Side of a Cliff (The League of Canadian Poets), March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology (The /tɛmz/ Review and 845 Press), and Tap, Press, Read (Loft on EIGHTH). Samantha is an alumna of the Banff Centre Spring Writers Retreat and the Iceland Writers Retreat. Find her on Twitter: @jones_yyc.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Poetry Event: Course

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ONLINE Bento Box – Feast of Japanese Poems
Jade O'Riley
Tuesday 6-9pm MST
November 23, 2021
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $65

If poetry were perfume and words were its dilution, English poetry would be the eau de toilette; Japanese poetry would be the essential oil of perfume. Its concentrated images create, in a few syllables, what English poetry creates in a few verses. While all poems must put every word to work if the poet wants good results, in Japanese poetry this rule of writing is narrowed to mean every syllable must be put to work. This constricting of the rule that comes with writing concise Japanese poetry is helpful as one ends by learning how to create images of a better concentrate. In this class we’ll fill our Bento Box with a variable feast of Japanese verse styles.

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 Event: Course

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IN PERSON Writing with the Senses
Emily Ursuliak
Thursday 7-9pm
November 25, 2021
Member Price: $35
Non-member Price: $45

Books that pull us in and make us feel like we are immersed in their world often have one trait in common: the authors are good at using a wide variety of sensory detail. Too often we rely on the sense of sight, describing what is visible, and we ignore other possibilities. Through a series of writing exercises, you will engage with all of your senses, developing a greater appreciation for the value they hold in your writing projects.

This class takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary.

Emily Ursuliak writes both fiction and poetry, and has a MA in English with a focus in creative writing from the University of Calgary. Her first book, Throwing the Diamond Hitch, won the High Plains Book Award for Poetry. Emily was also selected out of a large pool of applicants for a historical fiction intensive with Lawrence Hill at the Banff Centre. She has taught writing workshops for a variety of organizations: Loft 112, WordsWorth, the Calgary Young Writers Conference and The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society. She has held many roles within the literary community in Calgary, giving her a wide breadth of experience: she was the fiction editor for filling Station magazine; was the host and producer for the radio show Writer’s Block on CJSW 90.9 f.m.; and served twice as a member on the University of Calgary’s steering committee for their Calgary Distinguished Writers Program. In her day job Emily works as a librarian for the Calgary Public Library.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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ONLINE The Pathetic Fallacy: A Point of View Workshop
Heather Osborne
Monday 6-9pm MST
November 29, 2021
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $65

Ever heard of the pathetic fallacy? It’s a fancy term, but what it boils down to is that when a character is sad, the setting is gloomy and rainy, and when a character is happy, the world is sunshine and roses. Thomas Hardy made it famous in novels like Tess of the D’Urbervilles. These days, though, modern readers might find it a little too on-the-nose.

And yet, a character’s feelings—their thoughts, their emotions, their attention—should always affect how they perceive the world around them, and therefore how writers describe it! From happy rain to sad sunshine, let’s get together and explore the pathetic fallacy. When is it useful and when is it over the top? We’ll use writing exercises, examples, and discussion to bring your setting to life. This mini-workshop is perfect for beginners and intermediate writers in all genres.

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

Heather Osborne writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance. She earned her doctorate of creative writing from the University of Calgary, and she is associate editor of the International Review of Science Fiction. Her first novel, Songbroken, is forthcoming from Forest Path Books (2022).

Level: All Levels Course Type: Fiction Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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ONLINE Getting It Right In The First Chapter
Gail Bowen
Tuesday 6-8pm MST
January 18, 2022
Member Price: $35
Non-member Price: $45

Your opening chapter builds the foundation for your novel.  Making the right choices about narrative perspective; protagonist; secondary characters; setting; plot; structure and style will determine whether your manuscript is accepted by a publisher or ends up, forgotten, in the bottom drawer of your desk. This class will guide you into making the choices that will give your novel the best chance of publication.

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

An Image in the Lake is the twentieth novel in Gail Bowen’s Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mystery series. Bowen has also written four Charlie Dowhanuik novellas for Orca books. Sleuth: Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries was published in March, 2018. Bowen has written plays for CBC Radio and for theatrical production across Canada. She lives in Regina with her husband Ted.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Fiction Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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ONLINE Pantoum Puzzle
Jade O'Riley
Tuesday 7-9pm MST
February 8, 2022
Member Price: $35
Non-member Price: $45

French writer Victor Hugo introduced The West to the hypnotic Malaysian poetry form Pantoum. His desire to bring this poetic form to a larger audience is instantly clear when you write it. Its lines fit together like a puzzle and is irresistible fun. The original Malaysian Pantoum with its multiple subjects and exacting rhyme scheme is more challenging to write but also more rewarding. Westernized Pantoum tends to have one subject and often forgoes a strict rhyme scheme in favour of a looser style. In this class you can pick your preference, or write both if time permits.

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 Event: Course

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Youth Classes and Clubs 2021/22 Season

Dungeons & Dragons Club (In-Person, Fridays)
Iris Hildebrandt
3rd Friday of the month 6-9 PM
Oct 15th (Once a month, Oct - April)
Member Price: $155
Non-member Price: $200

In our classroom! Grades 5-12 – Come on an adventure solving puzzles, finding traps, battling monsters,

and getting treasure with this super popular storytelling game. Whether you know how to play or are totally new to the game, you’re going to have fun! We emphasize teamwork, listening skills, communication, storytelling, and friendship. So come join us! Once a month, October – April.

Group D – Grades 5-12 (usually the Third Friday of the month – Start date Oct 15th)

Youth over 12 must provide proof of double vaccination – Covid protocols in place.

Level: Grades 5-12 Youth Programming: 2021/22 year

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Movie Making Club (In-Person)
Kim Firmston
2nd and 4th Wednesdays 5-6:30 PM
September 8 (10 Months)
Member Price: $275
Non-member Price: $355

Filmmaking can be a difficult endeavor, especially when you do it alone. This club will walk you through the many aspects of filmmaking such as equipment use, screenwriting, directing, and film analysis. Make friends with other young filmmakers and work together towards a big final project fit for the big screen.

Level: Grades 8-12 Youth Programming: 2021/22 year

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Young Journalist Program (In-Person)
Patti Edgar
1st and 3rd Mondays 6:30-8:30 PM
September 20 (10 Months)
Member Price: $350
Non-member Price: $450

In our AWCS classroom! Interested in creating newsworthy podcasts, interviewing interesting people, and writing about what is happening in our city and the world? Get a head start in reporting with our Young Journalist Program headed by Mount Royal Journalism, Professor Patti Edgar. Here you will work on our Zed News YYC website, record podcasts on professional equipment, and learn the art of the interview. Make your voice heard! For youth in Grade 8 and up.

See our website here: https://zednewsyyc.weebly.com

Payment plan options and subsidy available. Contact Kim Firmston for details – kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org

Level: Grade 8-12 Youth Programming: 2021/22 year

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Rogue Poets Poetry Club (In-Person)
Em Williamson
1st and 3rd Tuesdays 5-6:30 PM
September 7 (10 Months)
Member Price: $275
Non-member Price: $355

In our 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, hone your poetic craft, and create collaborative work the likes of which you’ve never imagined.

See some of the past Rogue Poets poetry HERE

Level: Grades 7-12 Youth Programming: 2021/22 year

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Reality Is Optional Kids Writing Club ONLINE
Eli Smart
First and Third Mondays 5-6:30 PM
September 13 (10 Months)
Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $195

Now offered online – Reality Is Optional Kids’ Writing Club (RIO) is the place to be if you love writing.  Explore all styles of writing including podcasting, film, poetry, short story, collaborative creation, and more – all while playing games and making friends! All grades, all levels, twice a month. Join any time!

See our youth website: www.realityisoptional.com

Level: All Grades Youth Programming: Online

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Home School ONLINE – Hooked on Writing!
Anne Hodgson
Mondays 10:30 AM - Noon
September 20 (12 Weeks)
Member Price: $290
Non-member Price: $380

Online – Grades 4 to 7 – Get hooked on writing and let your imagination run free! Students will have the opportunity to engage in fun and creative writing activities while focusing on specific skill development. Create your own poetry anthology while practicing writing description and figurative language. Have you ever wanted to write a mystery or fantasy story? We will look at the elements to creating interesting characters, plot, and settings. What better inspiration than the great William Shakespeare. We will examine his life and read a shortened version of one of his plays. Students will write short fictional as well as persuasive writing pieces on topics such as the mystery of Shakespeare’s ‘seven lost years’ or the motives of a character. Through the course, students will participate in one-to-one and group editing sessions focusing on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting skills with a goal towards self-editing.

Level: Grades 4-7 Youth Programming: Online

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Pen & Panel Comic Club (In-Person)
Sebastien Ringuette
First and Third Thursdays 5-6:30 PM
September 16 (10 Months)
Member Price: $275
Non-member Price: $355

In our classroom! Play drawing games, improve your art style, learn to make comics both online and on paper,  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. Suggested Ages 12 and up. September to June, join any time.

Level: Ages 12 and up Youth Programming: 2021/22 year

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Novelmancers Novel Writing Club (hybrid programming)
Kim Firmston
2nd and 4th Thursdays 5-6:30 PM
September 9 (10 Months)
Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $195

This program is a hybrid – meaning you can be in our classroom or on Zoom as we stream you into our live session! So, no matter where you are or where you live, if you’re serious about writing and want to get that novel, screenplay, or any other long project done, you can join us and lighten the load. Build your writing toolbox, take part in critique circles and become the writer you want to be.

Bonus! NaNoWriMo support and twice-month write-ins on Discord.

Level: All Grades Youth Programming: 2021/22 year

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Novelmancer Write-In
Kim Firmston
Thursdays 7-8:30 PM
July 8th (Ongoing)
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: Free

Novelmancers Write-In – for Youth Writers aged 9-25

 

Take some You-Time for your Writing – Listen to chill tunes while text chatting with other writers and our fantastic moderators. This program is free! Come and work on your writing.

On Discord.

Regular Season (Sept-June) – first and third Thursdays of the month

Summer – once a week on Thursdays.

Contact Kim Firmston if you have questions: kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org

Level: Ages 9-24 Youth Programming: Summer Online

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Reality Is Optional Kids Writing Club (In-Person)
Kim Firmston
Second and Fourth Mondays 5-6:30 PM
September 13 (10 Months)
Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $195

In our classroom! Reality Is Optional Kids’ Writing Club (RIO) is the place to be if you love writing.  Explore all styles of writing including podcasting, film, poetry, short story, collaborative creation, and more – all while playing games and making friends! All grades, all levels, twice a month. Join any time!

See our youth website: www.realityisoptional.com

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Level: All Grades Youth Programming: 2021/22 year

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Dungeons & Dragons Club (In-Person)
Iris Hildebrandt, Lee Firmston
One Saturday a month 6-9 PM
Sept 11 & Sept 25th (8 Months | Sept - April)
Member Price: $175
Non-member Price: $225

In our classroom! Grades 5-12 – Come on an adventure solving puzzles, finding traps, battling monsters, and getting treasure with this super popular storytelling game. Whether you know how to play or are totally new to the game, you’re going to have fun! We emphasize teamwork, listening skills, communication, storytelling, and friendship. So come join us! Once a month, September – April.

Group B – junior high/high school (usually the first Saturday of the month – Start date Sept 11th – rescheduled due to the Labour Day long weekend)

Group C – Upper elementary/junior high (usually the fourth Saturday of the month – Start date Sept 25th)

Covid protocols in place.

Level: Grades 5-12 Youth Programming: 2021/22 year

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Dungeons & Dragons ONLINE
Lee
2nd Saturday of the Month 6-9 PM
September 11 (8 Months)
Member Price: $175
Non-member Price: $225

Grades 7-12 – Come on an adventure online solving puzzles, finding traps, battling monsters, and getting treasure with this super popular storytelling game. Whether you know how to play or are totally new to the game, you’re going to have fun! We emphasize teamwork, listening skills, communication, storytelling, and friendship. So come join us! Second Saturday of the month, September – April.

Level: Grades 6-12 Youth Programming: Online

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RIWO (Reality Is Woefully Obligatory)
Lee Firmston and Em Williamson
Days Vary Times Vary
Join anytime (Ongoing)
Member Price: Free
Non-member Price: Free

A creative group for 16-25 year-olds to discuss writing, art, anime, video games, and all things creative. Find your community! Meet on Discord and In-Person – register to get the link.

Official meetings are on the third Friday of the month at 7 PM. Unofficial meetings – all the time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level: Ages 16-25 Course Type: Community Building

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Student Support

Home School ONLINE – Hooked on Writing!
Anne Hodgson
Mondays 10:30 AM - Noon
September 20 (12 Weeks)
Member Price: $290
Non-member Price: $380

Online – Grades 4 to 7 – Get hooked on writing and let your imagination run free! Students will have the opportunity to engage in fun and creative writing activities while focusing on specific skill development. Create your own poetry anthology while practicing writing description and figurative language. Have you ever wanted to write a mystery or fantasy story? We will look at the elements to creating interesting characters, plot, and settings. What better inspiration than the great William Shakespeare. We will examine his life and read a shortened version of one of his plays. Students will write short fictional as well as persuasive writing pieces on topics such as the mystery of Shakespeare’s ‘seven lost years’ or the motives of a character. Through the course, students will participate in one-to-one and group editing sessions focusing on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting skills with a goal towards self-editing.

Level: Grades 4-7 Youth Programming: Online

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

Youth Tutoring and Homework Help

Tutoring is one on one and offered in one-hour, four-class sessions. Offered online 

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. kfirmston@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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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

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

Youth Tutoring and Homework Help

Tutoring is one on one and offered in one-hour, four-class sessions. Offered online 

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. kfirmston@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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Writing Improvement for Adults
Instructor Varies
Monday-Saturday Times Vary
Member Price: $155
Non-member Price: $185

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types / online and in-person

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.

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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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Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates

Member Price: varies
Non-member Price: varies

For the writer in your life.

Available in various denominations.

Gift certificates will be emailed.

For different denominations please email us.

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Until further notice all programs are provided online through the ZOOM web conferencing app.