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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2020/21 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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2021 Re/Orientation Conference - Anthony Doerr

ONLINE – Samantha Warwick, 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

AWCS/WGA Members: $50 | Non-Members: $75

Admission to this event is included in the WGA/AWCS 2021 Re/Orientation Conference. Visit Writers Guild of Alberta for more information about the conference.

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. Anthony Doerr will be interviewed by Calgary’s own, Samantha Warwick.

 

Samantha Warwick (she/her) is the author of the novel Sage Island, nominated for an Alberta Book Award and recently named one of Canada’s top ten and most commonly taught texts to use sport in literature. Her essays and poetry have been broadcast on CBC Radio and appeared in various literary and commercial publications including the Globe & Mail, GeistEventDog Eyes Magazine and FASHION. For over a decade Samantha directed literary events for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (Calgary) where she interviewed dozens of authors about their creative process, including Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap, Barracuda) and Anna Porter (Kasztner’s Train). In 2019, she received a leadership award from Frontier College for her dedication toward the cause of literacy in Canada. She is now at work on her second novel. Website: samanthawarwick.com | IG @sam_and_lulu_

Level: All levels. Writers & Readers

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ONLINE Spring Feature Workshop w/ Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr
Saturday 10-2:00pm
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-2:00pm

ONLINE

AWCS/WGA Members: $200 | Non-Members: $225

 

 

Level: All levels. Event: Spring Feature Workshop

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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

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2021 WIR Workshops

ONLINE Writer-In-Residence Workshop – Poetry: Art In Motion
Alison Clarke
Saturday 10am-3pm MST
May 22, 2021
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Travelling different worlds, we will enter the realm that is visual art powered by masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. We will write poetry sparked by the dreams of these masters. Using visual art as a springboard, we will delve into the world of poetry, with simile as our ship, metaphor as the mast, and imagery as our ocean. We will be sailors, navigating the sea that is poetry with writing exercises and discussion, while also flexing our poetic muscle.

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

As well as being the 2021 AWCS Writer-In-Residence, Alison Clarke is a #1 bestselling author on Amazon, and a poet as well as a fantasy author who has a Master’s degree in Children’s literature from Hollins University. She is also a creative writing and visual arts instructor and experiences life as a spoken word artist, performing at festivals in Edmonton, like Black Arts Matter.

Alison is the author of Phillis: A Poetry Collection, to be published by the University of Calgary Press in October 2020. She is also the author of The Sisterhood, a young adult fantasy novel about Oppie, a sorceress’ daughter, and her best friend, Aurie, who is a dragon, and the journey they go on to save the universe. The Sisterhood is Book One of The Sisterhood Series, for which Alison won the award 2016 Writer of The Year by Diversity magazine. The second book in the series is Racine and the third is Circle which was released on November 27, 2018.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Poetry

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ONLINE Writer in Residence (Additional or Non-Member Consultation)
Alison Clarke
Varies Varies
March-May, 2021 (55 minutes)
Member Price: $50 (additional consult only)
Non-member Price: $50

All current AWCS members are offered one free manuscript consultation with the Writer in Residence. Any additional consultations are $50/consult.

Non-Members are welcome for a fee of $50/consult.

Please pay for your consultation below and then book for an appoint HERE.

Level: All levels.

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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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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

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Adult Multi-Week Courses (Daytime)

ONLINE Writing YOUR Way – Exploring the Creative Process
Robin van Eck
Mondays 10am-12pm MST
June 7, 2021 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $160

Every writer has a different creative process. Are you struggling to find yours? Are you getting bombarded with information on what you should or shouldn’t be doing? Are you comparing yourself to others and think you’re doing it wrong?

In this 4-week class, we will discuss the things that cause us resistance, explore tools to work around our personal roadblocks and debunk myths that you’re “doing it wrong” to get you writing your way.

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

Robin van Eck is the Executive Director of the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society. Her short stories have appeared in the Woven Tales Press, Lamplight Magazine and various other literary magazines and anthologies in Canada and the US. Her first novel, Rough, was published in November 2020 from Stonehouse Publishing.

Level: All Levels Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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ONLINE Writing The Seasons
Wilma G. Rubens
Tuesdays 10am-12pm MST
June 8, 2021 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $160

Our life patterns journey around in cycles and spirals. The season’s rhythms summer, fall, winter, and spring provide inspiration for self-reflection, to celebrate personal insights, enhance our creativity, claim our unique wisdom and unlock our muse. This will enrich our lives, nourish and develop our courage as writers.

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

Wilma G. Rubens is a dedicated facilitator. She loves to work with diverse groups and encourage their creativity particularly writing.  She teaches with Chinook College, Calgary Board of Education specializing in “Conflict Resolution in the Workplace. She is a published writer and has published a poetry book called, “Entangled Enchantments.” Her memoir “Circling my Edge” will be released in the fall. She lives in Canmore and loves to hike, bike, and ski in the Rockies.

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

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ONLINE Story Building For Beginners
Laura Swart
Tuesdays 1-3pm MST
July 13, 2021 (6 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $240

How do you write a story? Easy. Get a snack, sit at the computer, type. Tell it like it is. How do you write a great story? Not so easy. You need people, places, scenes, point of view, details, subtext—and probably a plot of some sort. And espresso shots. And support, lots of support. Not compression socks, per se, but people. A writing community. A place to try things out, play with words, tell lies, make allusions. And you need an instructor to herd the cats, reign in the horses, say important stuff. Okay. Now you have a class to attend; now you have a way into your story.

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

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: Beginner Course Type: Fiction Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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ONLINE The Craft of Character
Meghan Victoria
Fridays 1-3pm MST
July 16, 2021 (6 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $240

“When writing a novel, a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” – Ernest Hemingway

Compelling and complex characters are the secret sauce to every great story. They are the reason we return to the same books over and over – why we cry and laugh and then feel their loss so acutely when the final page is turned. But what makes a character unforgettable?  In this course students will become intimately acquainted with their protagonists, their villains, and their supporting cast. Get ready to dig into backstory, dialogue, motive, and – best of all – deep dark secrets and vulnerabilities. Come with an existing crew or create your characters as the weeks progress – either way, you will leave with a cast of living people and a solid understanding of what future characters need from you in order to come to life.

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web 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 Course Type: Fiction Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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Adult Multi-Week Courses (Evening)

ONLINE The Imagist Poets
Laurie Fuhr
Wednesdays 7-9pm MST
June 2, 2021 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $160

Many poets associated with the Imagist movement have familiar names: think Ezra Pound, TS Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and HD. Many of us have heard about the red wheel-barrow wet with rain, the plums in the ice box, or the white petals on a wet, black bough. Who were the Imagist poets and what were they trying to achieve? In four weeks, learn about the Imagist Movement through the lives and work of its major poets, focusing on a different poet in each class. Writing prompts will let us time-travel through our pens or keyboards to their lifetimes, joining them at crucial, famed moments of their history and writing poems inspired by their example.

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 Cafe.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Poetry

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ONLINE The Third Rail: A Story’s Electrical Power
Rosemary Nixon
Mondays 6-8pm MST
June 7, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

The third rail is a metal railway track running parallel to regular tracks. It connects the train to pure electrical energy which then transforms into the motion of engines and wheels that drives the train forward. Similarly, our emerging stories (dialogue, character, setting, voice, language choice…) need a “literary third rail” to provide continuous energy to drive our stories forward. Join Rosemary Nixon in an exciting exploration of how to transform universal abstractions such as vulnerability, empathy, honesty, shame, revenge…into the third rail by powering our writing with dynamic specifics that will propel our stories forward to their fictional destinations, and deep into the reader’s psyche.

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

Rosemary Nixon is a pre-eminent award-winning short story writer, novelist, freelance editor, and an editor for Freehand Press. She is working on her 5th book of fiction, second novel. Rosemary has her Masters in Fine Arts from UBC. She has done numerous writer-in-residencies in universities and libraries in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario including the University of Calgary’s Distinguished Writers Programme. She was awarded the Lois Hole Excellence in Editing Award in 2018.

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

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ONLINE Poetry Basics 1
Laurie Fuhr
Tuesdays 6-8pm MST
June 22, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

Poetry Basics 1 serves as a general introduction to poetry for those who haven’t studied it before, as well as a refresher for those who have. It provides an overview of different styles of poetry, using both classic and contemporary examples. It focuses on the many elements that make poetry poetic, and offers guided writing exercises in class for improving specific elements in poems of your own. Knowledge of poetic devices and poetry’s mechanics can enhance many other genres of writing. Come see what poetry is all about.

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

Laurie Anne Fuhr is a poet and musician based in Calgary, Alberta. Her first poetry collection night flying was published by Frontenac House in 2018. Her work has also appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies such as Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (Foundation for Public Poetry, Montreal), Shadowy Technicians: New Ottawa Poets (Broken Jaw Press 2000), THIS Magazine, and Freefall. Laurie has been a poetry instructor with Alexandra Writers Centre Society in Calgary for the last five years, and has been an AWCS member for many more.

Level: Beginner Course Type: Poetry Event: Course

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ONLINE Playing Around: A Playwright’s Circle
Marty Chan
Mondays 7-8pm MST
July 5, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $160

If you’ve written a play or are interested in writing for theatre, this 8-week course will review the basics of stage plays and give participants a chance to critique each other’s work. Part instruction and part feedback session, this course offers something for all levels of playwrights.

NOTE: No class August 2, 2021

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

Marty Chan writes books for kids, plays for adults, and tweets for fun. He’s penned over 15 books for kids and over 30 plays for adults. His latest book, Haunted Hospital, is a Junior Library Guild winner. He works and lives in Edmonton with his wife Michelle and their cat Buddy. For more about Marty, visit martychan.com.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Playwriting Event: Course

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ONLINE Up Close and Personal
Louise Casemore
Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm MST
July 8, 2021 (5 weeks)
Member Price: $110
Non-member Price: $150

Where are YOU in your writing? The best way to truly engage an audience is to write from a place that is personal, informed, and imaginative, but how do we avoid stepping on your own boundaries or writing material so personal that it doesn’t let the reader or audience in?

This course will outline a specific creative formula to first mine the depths of personal experience and flush out what you might wish to explore, then dive into the world of incorporating research technique into your writing, finally rounding things out with creative fiction to hone your narrative. Using practical exercises, in-class writing, and direct feedback, this class will work towards creating pieces that can be turned into poems, essays, plays, or something much bigger – encouraging writers to graduate material from true stories to great writing in a safe and supported environment.

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

Louise Casemore is an artist advocate, prairie nuisance, and two-time Sterling Award winning playwright. Originally from Edmonton, she is Artistic Director of indie renegade Defiance Theatre, recipient of the ATP/Enbridge Playwright’s Award, and featured artist in NYC ‘s “Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project”. Original works include OCDFunctional, GEMINI (Chinook Series, High Performance Rodeo), and the upcoming cabaret exorcism that is Undressed with Alberta Theatre Projects. Additional credits include teaching playwriting and performance creation with the Writer’s Guild of Alberta, Alberta Playwright’s Network, ATP Raucous Caucus, APN’s YouthRiot, and serving as a Regional Caucus Representative for the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She remains active in the larger community by way of dramaturgy, policy writing, events, and research; and relishes any opportunity to wear lipstick.

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

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Adult One-Day Workshops

ONLINE Writer-In-Residence Workshop – Poetry: Art In Motion
Alison Clarke
Saturday 10am-3pm MST
May 22, 2021
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Travelling different worlds, we will enter the realm that is visual art powered by masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. We will write poetry sparked by the dreams of these masters. Using visual art as a springboard, we will delve into the world of poetry, with simile as our ship, metaphor as the mast, and imagery as our ocean. We will be sailors, navigating the sea that is poetry with writing exercises and discussion, while also flexing our poetic muscle.

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

As well as being the 2021 AWCS Writer-In-Residence, Alison Clarke is a #1 bestselling author on Amazon, and a poet as well as a fantasy author who has a Master’s degree in Children’s literature from Hollins University. She is also a creative writing and visual arts instructor and experiences life as a spoken word artist, performing at festivals in Edmonton, like Black Arts Matter.

Alison is the author of Phillis: A Poetry Collection, to be published by the University of Calgary Press in October 2020. She is also the author of The Sisterhood, a young adult fantasy novel about Oppie, a sorceress’ daughter, and her best friend, Aurie, who is a dragon, and the journey they go on to save the universe. The Sisterhood is Book One of The Sisterhood Series, for which Alison won the award 2016 Writer of The Year by Diversity magazine. The second book in the series is Racine and the third is Circle which was released on November 27, 2018.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Poetry

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ONLINE Sustainable Self-Care for Artists & Writers
Stefani Alzati
Saturday 1-4:30pm MST
July 17, 2021
Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $70

Are you feeling burned out and disconnected? This class will help you to establish sustainable self-care practices in order to get back to creating and writing. Using a variety of techniques, we will enter the world of self-care to build personalized practices to improve our mental and emotional health. We discuss principles of mindfulness meditation, habit building, non-violent communication, and self-compassion. You will leave with a solid collection of personalized activities for your toolbox and objects to curate your own self-care kit. This workshop will give you a sense of confidence and skill in increasing your positive mental health which will allow you to shine in all areas of your life, writing and creativity included.

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

Stefani Alzati is an award-winning classical guitarist, spoken word poet, and storyteller (as well as an author of three books). She has a background in psychology, social work, and teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL). She incorporates theories of mindfulness meditation, non-violent communication, and self-care into her workshops and courses. She has taught workshops on topics of well-being for the Edmonton Resilience Festival, NAIT, and various EAL conferences. Stefani’s experience working in Student Counselling informed her second book, Forest Talks: an interactive book of growth and healing. She holds certificates in trauma-informed practices such as Mental Health First Aid, Advanced (DBT) Skills, and First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse. Stefani is a bright and creative workshop facilitator who loves to use realia, games, and laughter to create a safe and collaborative space.  www.stefanialzati.com

Level: All Levels Genre: All Genres

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ONLINE Flash Fiction Bootcamp
Meghan Victoria
Saturday 10am-3pm MST
July 24, 2021
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Flash fiction has all the elements of a short story, including the power to transform and transport the reader, all in 1000 words or less.  In this full day bootcamp we’ll work through techniques for writing very short fiction, examine examples, create, critique and – hopefully – submit. Get your writing pants on – at the end of this workshop you’ll have written your very own flash fiction piece!

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web 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 Course Type: Fiction Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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ONLINE Writing Tight
Judah Leblang
Saturday 10am-3pm MST
August 14, 2021
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

This workshop is designed for writers (at all levels) who want to develop new work and to explore the forms of memoir vignettes and personal essays for the purpose of storytelling through print. We will examine the structure of effective memoirs and essays in the short form (under 800 words), generate drafts based on a variety of writing prompts, and hone those drafts based on class feedback and personal reflection.

The workshop will combine discussion of flash memoir pieces and short essays, and a series of writing exercises. Students will leave with drafts of several pieces and a better understanding of the genre.

This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web 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: Memoir , Nonfiction Event: Course

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Adult Micro Workshops

ONLINE Arrive Late, Leave Early – exciting openings and writing that moves!
Louise Casemore
Thursday 6-8pm MST
June 3, 2021
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

Beginnings are hard. But they don’t have to be boring!

Abandoning the been-there-done-that blah of “Once upon a time…”, and finding those wow-bang-surprise opening lines that reel a reader in, this hands-on course takes a look at what your writing needs to grab attention early on and keep it. Avoiding the trap of exposition in opening pages and cutting to the chase every step of the way, these tools will build the instinct for keeping your story moving. How can we avoid the dreaded middle slump? How much info is too much when it comes to introducing characters? How do we set the scene without losing all the momentum?

Using a mix of contemporary examples, instruction, exercises, and more, this class is open to writers from all genres and forms (poetry, fiction/non-fiction, essay, play), and offers the opportunity to experiment with participant’s existing material-in-progress or take a stab at improving the classics.

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

Louise Casemore is an artist advocate, prairie nuisance, and two-time Sterling Award winning playwright. Originally from Edmonton, she is Artistic Director of indie renegade Defiance Theatre, recipient of the ATP/Enbridge Playwright’s Award, and featured artist in NYC ‘s “Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project”. Original works include OCDFunctional, GEMINI (Chinook Series, High Performance Rodeo), and the upcoming cabaret exorcism that is Undressed with Alberta Theatre Projects. Additional credits include teaching playwriting and performance creation with the Writer’s Guild of Alberta, Alberta Playwright’s Network, ATP Raucous Caucus, APN’s YouthRiot, and serving as a Regional Caucus Representative for the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She remains active in the larger community by way of dramaturgy, policy writing, events, and research; and relishes any opportunity to wear lipstick.

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

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ONLINE Your First 30 Pages: What Agents and Publishers Look for
Rayanne Haines
Tuesday 6-8pm MST
June 15, 2021
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

So, your query passed the gatekeepers? Now you have a maximum of 30 pages to wow that agent or publisher. If your first 10, 20, 30 pages don’t promise a fulfilling experience, you’ll soon land back in the slush pile.

This micro-workshop will help your work stand out. We’ll talk about:

  • Have you started in the most appropriate place? Nail your opening!
  • Maximizing the stories inciting incident
  • Ensuring you have created characters we care about
  • Enriching your dialogue
  • Ensuring your sentences are as tight as they can be

The workshop will benefit newer writers who are pitching their first or second manuscripts or looking to do so in the next year. All fiction genres welcome. You should already have a first draft of a manuscript to work on in the workshop. This class is designed to help make your first 30 pages the best they can be.

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

Rayanne Haines is an award-winning, multi-genre author of six traditionally published books in poetry, non-fiction, and genre fiction. Her writing has appeared in Fiddlehead, Freefall, Funicular, and Indefinite Space among others. She is the Alberta/NWT rep for the League of Canadian Poets and a 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient. She has taught classes on building query letters, writing trauma, character development, dialogue and relationship building as well as using poetry to enhance your fiction, for high schools, writing groups and organizations like the Canadian Authors Association and the University of Alberta. Rayanne’s current work focuses on mental health and intergenerational female trauma. Tell the Birds your Body is Not a Gun (her second poetry collection) releases April 30th with Frontenac House.

Level: All Levels Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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ONLINE Discover Haiku
Marie Maccagno
Monday 10am-1pm MST
June 21, 2021
Member Price: $45
Non-member Price: $60

This 3-hour class introduces the classic Japanese form of Haiku (5 – 7 – 5 syllables). Resource lists and handouts will be provided. After everyone has worked with the haiku basic principles, there will be time for sharing our 17 syllable creations. We finish by creating collaborative poems, in the style of early Japanese poets. Come with your curiosity and a willingness to explore.

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

Marie Maccagno has been writing a haiku a day for over two years. This simple, yet profound, form of expression has deep roots in the careful observation of nature. Haiku is a very accessible form of poetry that can be playful and deeply expressive at the same time. Marie is the author of a memoir, “The Chocolate Pilgrim“, and she teaches a variety of writing programs designed to support writers to fall in love with their words.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Poetry Event: Course

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ONLINE Skeltonics: 16th Century Rap!
Jade O'Riley
Thursday 1-3pm MST
July 15, 2021
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

In the 16th century poet John Skelton invented the “Tumbling Verse” form Skeltonics. Its deliberately irregular meter of short, asymmetrical, rhyming lines produces the rapid-fire tumbling effect we see in today’s rap style. Like modern rap, the topics of your great great granddaddy’s rap can be anything from gods to gangstas.

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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ONLINE Pet Poetry Features Fine Creatures: Poetry for our Best Friends
Jade O'Riley
Thursday 9am-12pm MST
July 29, 2021
Member Price: $45
Non-member Price: $60

Who deserves a poem more than your beloved fur or feather babies? Whether it’s an Occasional Verse to commemorate the day you brought them home; a Ballad to accompany the story of their action-shot photo you keep on the mantle; or a Memoriam Poem to frame alongside their photo after their passing. Put the heart you wear on your sleeve down on the page; pet poetry features fine creatures.

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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ONLINE Write Your Best Email Query
Joan Marie Galat
Thursday 6-8pm MST
August 12, 2021
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

Communication and etiquette mistakes can make agents and editors click delete or reply “no” before reading to the end of your submission. Move your career forward by learning how to best apply your writing skills to email queries, including what information belongs in your correspondence and what’s forbidden. Discover how to write an effective subject heading, choose the best salutation, and electronically present yourself in ways that help you grow your career.

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

Joan Marie Galat is the author of more than 20 books for children and adults including Solve This! Wild and Wacky Challenges for the Genius Engineer in You (National Geographic Kids). She also wrote Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Aurora (Whitecap Books), which won the Crystal Kite Award for Canada. Joan delivers online talks to school, library, and business audiences, teaches public speaking, and provides consults on getting published and presenting virtually. A freelance writer and corporate trainer, Joan provides workshops on topics that include plain language writing, email etiquette, and storytelling. Visit joangalat.com to learn more about her books.

Level: All Levels Event: Course

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Youth Classes and Clubs - Sept-June

Write Away! Homeschooling – Convince Me!
Anne Hodgson
Mondays 10:30 AM - Noon
May 31 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $100
Non-member Price: $130

Convince Me! Persuasive Writing for Grades 4-7 (suggested).

ONLINE

What’s Your Opinion? Convince me! In this 4-session workshop, students will examine some fun and interesting questions and topics related to philosophy, Ancient Greece, and current affairs. We will wonder, discuss, and debate! The focus will be on developing skills for effective persuasive writing. Students will be expected to do some of their writing at home and be prepared to share their ideas and opinions in class.

 

Level: Grades 4-7 (suggested) Youth Programming: Student Support

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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.

REGISTRATION CURRENTLY CLOSED – the 2021/22 class will open for registration in May.

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

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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. Suggested Ages 12 and up. September to June, join any time.

Course Type: Comics Youth Programming: Course

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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

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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. REGISTRATION ENDS IN APRIL – but you can join us as a drop-in May & June – and register in September once more.

 

Level: All Ages Course Type: Novel Writing Youth Programming: Clubs

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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.

Registration from July – January (Registrations closed for now and will resume in July for our September start).

 

Level: Jr/Sr High School Genre: Poetry Youth Programming: Clubs

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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 *remainder of the 2020/21 year $120
Non-member Price: $195 *remainder of the 2020/21 year $155

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 Iris, 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.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020/21 SEASON CLOSES DEC 25TH

Level: Grade 4-12 Course Type: Fantasy Role Playing Youth Programming: Clubs

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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

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Novelmancer Write In
Kim Firmston
First and third Thursday 7-8:30 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

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Student Support

Write Away! Homeschooling – Convince Me!
Anne Hodgson
Mondays 10:30 AM - Noon
May 31 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $100
Non-member Price: $130

Convince Me! Persuasive Writing for Grades 4-7 (suggested).

ONLINE

What’s Your Opinion? Convince me! In this 4-session workshop, students will examine some fun and interesting questions and topics related to philosophy, Ancient Greece, and current affairs. We will wonder, discuss, and debate! The focus will be on developing skills for effective persuasive writing. Students will be expected to do some of their writing at home and be prepared to share their ideas and opinions in class.

 

Level: Grades 4-7 (suggested) Youth Programming: Student Support

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Jr High School Prep
Erin Emily Anne Vance
Tuesday-Thursday 10 AM - 12 Noon (In-Person)
Aug 24-26 (Three Days - 6 hours)
Member Price: $100
Non-member Price: $130

Junior High School Prep (In-Person)

Are you or your child nervous about the transition from elementary school to junior high? This comprehensive camp will prepare your child not only for their language arts classes, but also for navigating the sometimes-intimidating world of middle school and adolescence. From study and organizational tips to preparing for novel studies, with a dash of ‘how to survive the chaos’ thrown in, this course will make sure your child starts this new chapter of their life with confidence!

* COVID-19 protocols in place.

 

Level: Entering Jr High Course Type: School Prep Youth Programming: AWCS Youth Summer

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High School Prep
Erin Emily Anne Vance
Tuesday-Thursday 1-3 PM
Aug 24-26 (Three Days - 6 hours)
Member Price: $100
Non-member Price: $130

High School Prep (In-Person)

The move from junior high to senior high can be a lot to take in. This comprehensive camp will look at the differences between ELA in middle school and high school, and set your child up for success! In addition to looking at novel studies and Diploma prep, we will look at study skills, organization, and resources to make the most out of their last chapter of grade school!

* COVID-19 protocols in place.

 

 

 

Level: Entering Sr High Course Type: Student Support Youth Programming: AWCS Youth Summer

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University Prep
Erin Emily Anne Vance
Tuesday-Thursday 4-6 PM (In-Person)
Aug 24-26 (Three Days - 6 hours)
Member Price: $100
Non-member Price: $130

University Prep (In-Person)

For many students, moving from grade school to college or university can feel like a total culture shock. In this camp, we will look at the essential writing and reading skills needed to succeed in your classes, as well as how to manage your new, independent, adult life and get the most out of your post-secondary experience! Every university student has to take an English course, so why not prep with someone who has taken most of them?

* COVID-19 protocols in place.

 

 

Level: Entering University Course Type: Student Support Youth Programming: AWCS Youth Summer

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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. 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

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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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Youth Summer

Tuesdays Online Summer Dungeons and Dragons
Lee Firmston
Tuesdays 6-9 PM
July 13 (6 sessions)
Member Price: $100
Non-member Price: $130

Summer Online Dungeons and Dragons – grades 5-12

Come and adventure this summer solving puzzles, finding traps, battling monsters, and getting treasure with this super popular storytelling game – Dungeons and Dragons. Whether you know how to play or are totally new to the game, you’re going to have fun this summer! We emphasize teamwork, listening skills, communication, storytelling, and friendship. So come join us! Weekly over 6 weeks.

Level: Grade 5-12 Youth Programming: Summer Online

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Saturday Summer Online Dungeons and Dragons
Lee Firmston, Nigel Murphy, Emily Devereux
Every second Saturday 6-9 PM
June 12 (6 sessions)
Member Price: $100
Non-member Price: $130

Saturday Summer Online Dungeons and Dragons – grades 5-12

Come and adventure this summer solving puzzles, finding traps, battling monsters, and getting treasure with this super popular storytelling game – Dungeons and Dragons. Whether you know how to play or are totally new to the game, you’re going to have fun this summer! We emphasize teamwork, listening skills, communication, storytelling, and friendship. So come join us! Three age leveled groups.

Spaces also available in Tuesday Summer Online D&D

Level: Grade 5-12 Youth Programming: Summer Online

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Midnight Academy
Erin Emily Anne Vance
Wednesday Nights 8:30-10:00 PM
July 7-Aug 18 (7 weeks - Online)
Member Price: $80
Non-member Price: $105

Midnight Academy – (For youth entering grades 8-12 – Online)

Do you dream of running down long corridors, candlestick in hand, nightclothes trailing behind you? Of watching the dust settle by lamplight in ancient libraries? Of secret meetings in hidden rooms? Of scary stories told around campfires or ancient legends written on cave walls? If any of these sound like you, get ready to enroll in Midnight Academy, a multi-week, late-night coven where we discuss literature, history, and things that go bump in the night. This course will be held over zoom/discord so that we can have ongoing discussions and create a sense of community, as if we were all trapped at boarding school over winter break with terrible secrets to uncover.

Level: Grades 8-12 Youth Programming: AWCS Youth Summer

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Mystery Writers’ Club
Anne Hodgson
Wednesday Nights 6:30-8:00 PM
July 7-Aug 18 (7 weeks - Online)
Member Price: $80
Non-member Price: $105

Mystery Writers’ Club– Grades 4-7 – Online

Have you ever wanted to write your own ‘whodunnit’? Or become a detective? Now is your chance in the Mystery Writer’s Club. We will meet once a week and look at creating interesting characters, the art of ‘cliff hangers’, and how to include ‘red herrings’ to put your reader off the scent, as you write an intriguing beginning, ‘on the edge of your seat’ middle, and exciting ending to your mystery story! We may even look at solving some short one-pager mysteries to put us in the detective mood.

 

Level: Grades 4-7 Course Type: AWCS Youth Summer Youth Programming: AWCS Youth Summer

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

Novelmancers Write-In – for Youth Writers aged 9-24

Take some You-Time for your Writing once a week this summer while listening to chill tunes and text chatting with other writers and our fantastic moderator. This program is free! Come and work on your writing.

On Discord.

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

Level: Ages 9-24 Youth Programming: Summer Online

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Short Bursts
Nadine Dunseith
Wednesday 9am-3pm
July 14 (One Day, In-Person)
Member Price: $65
Non-member Price: $80

Short Bursts: Writing Flash Fiction  (Youth Ages 8-12)

Come join us in person for this day-long adventure to explore the art of flash fiction in which you write mini-stories based on single sentence prompts. Participate in writing activities exploring character and setting – as well as collaboration with your peers.

* COVID-19 protocols in place.

 

Level: Ages 8-12 Youth Programming: AWCS Youth Summer

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Villain Camp
Colin Martin
Wednesday 9AM-3PM
July 28 (1 day | In-Person)
Member Price: $65
Non-member Price: $80

Villain Camp – Jr/Sr High

You know that saying… “Write what you know.” So, if you want to write great villains, it stands to reason that you must become one. Have you ever wondered what all the great villains – The Joker, Sauron, The Slap Chop Guy – have in common? That’s right, they all went to VILLAIN CAMP, where they learned CRUCIAL VILLAIN SKILLS such as smiting enemies (from behind), managing large (criminal) organizations, and putting (pyramid) schemes into action. You too can learn to ORDER MINIONS, LAUGH EVILLY, and SHIFT BLAME for your nefarious doings at VILLAIN CAMP.

The camp will be run by EVIL DOC MARTIN, a Calgary writer and instructor who teaches DASTARDLY LITERATURE and SNEAKY WRITING at Mount Royal (subterranean lair) University and the Alberta University of the (dark) Arts.

*Covid precautions in place

Level: Junior/Senior High School Youth Programming: Summer Online

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Writing Fabulous Fantastic Worlds
Suzy Vadori
Wednesday 9AM-3PM
August 11 (1 day | In-Person)
Member Price: $65
Non-member Price: $80

Writing Fabulous Fantastic Worlds – Ages 12-17

Creatures, magic, and larger-than-life settings… In this one-day camp, we’ll brainstorm components to your amazing new worlds and learn how to get them on the page, so your readers will get the full experience of your story. Come ready to create a world that your readers will enjoy reading as much as you enjoy writing it!

*COVID precautions in place

Level: Ages 12-17 Youth Programming: Summer Online

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Song Writing
Laurie Fuhr
Monday 9 AM - 4 PM
August 16 (One Day, In-Person)
Member Price: $80
Non-member Price: $105

Song Writing for ages 10 to 15 – In Person

Song Writing’s fun! Summer’s fun! Put them together, it’s always good weather. During this summer fun day for kids aged 10 to 15, we’ll learn about songwriting technique, song structure, and try writing solo as well as co-writing in pairs and as a group. We’ll look at the characteristics of our favourite songs in different genres. We’ll use our voices, instruments (if we play), percussion, and imaginations to write fun, wacky, or serious songs all our own, then have a little open mic, just for ourselves.  We may even try some jamming and recording. Make this a musical summer to remember at AWCS!

No musical experience needed – However if you do play an instrument, you are welcome to bring it.

*COVID-19 precautions in effect.

Level: Ages 10-15 Course Type: AWCS Youth Summer Genre: Song Writing Youth Programming: AWCS Youth Summer

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Rogue Poetry
Em Williamson
Wednesday 9AM-3PM
August 18 (1 day | In-Person)
Member Price: $65
Non-member Price: $80

ROGUE POETRY – ages 14-18

Have you ever taken an English class? Has that English class ever taught you that poetry was all about rhyme, stanzas, structures, and all sorts of similar arbitrary rules? Well, get ready to forget every single one of those rules in this camp, because “Rogue Poetry” will be all about teaching you all of the strangest forms of poetry that the modern world has to offer. Create poetry through destruction with cutup poetry, fuse poetry with visual art in collages, create collaborative poetry with your fellow young and chaotic companions, and get ready to shout out your work to the world in the wildest poetry ride of your life!

*Covid precautions in place

Level: Ages 14-18 Youth Programming: Summer Online

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Jr High School Prep
Erin Emily Anne Vance
Tuesday-Thursday 10 AM - 12 Noon (In-Person)
Aug 24-26 (Three Days - 6 hours)
Member Price: $100
Non-member Price: $130

Junior High School Prep (In-Person)

Are you or your child nervous about the transition from elementary school to junior high? This comprehensive camp will prepare your child not only for their language arts classes, but also for navigating the sometimes-intimidating world of middle school and adolescence. From study and organizational tips to preparing for novel studies, with a dash of ‘how to survive the chaos’ thrown in, this course will make sure your child starts this new chapter of their life with confidence!

* COVID-19 protocols in place.

 

Level: Entering Jr High Course Type: School Prep Youth Programming: AWCS Youth Summer

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High School Prep
Erin Emily Anne Vance
Tuesday-Thursday 1-3 PM
Aug 24-26 (Three Days - 6 hours)
Member Price: $100
Non-member Price: $130

High School Prep (In-Person)

The move from junior high to senior high can be a lot to take in. This comprehensive camp will look at the differences between ELA in middle school and high school, and set your child up for success! In addition to looking at novel studies and Diploma prep, we will look at study skills, organization, and resources to make the most out of their last chapter of grade school!

* COVID-19 protocols in place.

 

 

 

Level: Entering Sr High Course Type: Student Support Youth Programming: AWCS Youth Summer

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University Prep
Erin Emily Anne Vance
Tuesday-Thursday 4-6 PM (In-Person)
Aug 24-26 (Three Days - 6 hours)
Member Price: $100
Non-member Price: $130

University Prep (In-Person)

For many students, moving from grade school to college or university can feel like a total culture shock. In this camp, we will look at the essential writing and reading skills needed to succeed in your classes, as well as how to manage your new, independent, adult life and get the most out of your post-secondary experience! Every university student has to take an English course, so why not prep with someone who has taken most of them?

* COVID-19 protocols in place.

 

 

Level: Entering University Course Type: Student Support Youth Programming: AWCS Youth Summer

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French/English Camp with Alliance Française and the AWCS
Anne Hodgson
Monday-Friday 9-4:30 (in person)
July 5-9 and July 19-23 (one week each)
Member Price: $450.00
Non-member Price: $450.00

French/English Co-Camp with Alliance Française and the AWCS for kids aged 7-11

Learn French and English with Alliance Française and Anne Hodgson from the AWCS Youth Program. Through a variety of interactive activities, embark on a voyage through culture and language and develop confidence in oral and written French within an immersive environment, while spending the afternoon enjoying fun English language activities. All levels are accepted, from beginner to advanced levels.

July 5-9 – Harry Potter’s Magic

July 19-23 – Top Secret Agents

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Level: Age 7-11 Course Type: AWCS Youth Summer Youth Programming: AWCS Youth Summer

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

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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.

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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

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.