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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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 (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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Adult Multi-Week Courses (Daytime)

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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ONLINE Turning Memories into Scenes
Laura Swart
Wednesdays 2-4pm MST
August 4, 2021 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $160

Timothy Findley says that the writer cannot see the mass, as such, because the writer never looks to see the mass; the writer looks to see the parts. Looking at the parts—at the fragments of our memories—and capturing poignant details that excite and challenge the reader is the essence of scene writing. But there’s more. What do scenes do? How do they begin and end? How do they move a story forward, fit into the whole, turn time into a rubber band? In this course, we’ll examine several types of scenes and use them as models to develop our own scenes. We’ll then link our scenes together to create a superlative piece of writing.

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

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ONLINE The Artistic Path
Alison Clarke
Fridays 1-3pm MST
September 17, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

Learn about different masters of various disciplines – they are storytellers and dreamers: Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Beatrix Potter, Vincent Van Gogh, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. By following their journey, participants, as artistic explorers, will learn about these artists and their various disciplines, with writing exercises and discussion which will be a gateway to improving their writing.

Works discussed will include an essay by Alice Walker, the poetry of Maya Angelou, the visual and literary art of Beatrix Potter, the paintings as well as the writing of Vincent Van Gogh, and the visual art of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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ONLINE Creative Writing Basics – Level One
Vivian Hansen
Wednesdays 1-3pm MST
September 22, 2021 (8 Weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

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

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

Vivian Hansen is poet and creative nonfiction writer. She teaches creative writing with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and the Alexandra Writers Centre. She has two chapbooks: Never Call It Bird – the Melodies of AIDS, and Angel Alley – the Victims of Jack the Ripper. Her first full length book Leylines of My Flesh came out in 2002. A Bitter Mood of Clouds (2013) chronicles the life and times of Arne Petersen, a transgender Dane who received sex reassignment in Denmark in 1953. A Tincture of Sunlight was published with Frontenac in 2017.

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

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IN PERSON Novel Surgery
Susan Forest
Tuesdays 10am-12pm
September 28, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

Revision is not editing or polishing. It is surgery. Come to this 8-week course with your “finished” manuscript prepared to analyze its strengths and weaknesses, rebuild theme and character arcs, ask tough questions about logic and motivation, and cut, add, and move scenes around for greatest punch.

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: All Genres Event: Course

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IN PERSON Writing Performance
Laura Swart
Tuesdays 1-3pm
September 28, 2021 (6 weeks)
Member Price: $180
Non-member Price: $240

For much of history, reading was a noisy affair: In ancient Iraq and Syria, for example, the words for to read meant to cry out or to listen. Yet today, silent reading is the norm, and reading out loud is reserved for bedtime stories and Shakespeare. But the ancient art of reading aloud, it turns out, has several benefits: it improves memory, leads to greater understanding of texts, and strengthens our emotional bonds with others.

Words and syllables unfold in patterns and rhythms that create meaning and give us pleasure—and like sheet music, they need a voice. In this course, you’ll compose several short pieces, read them out loud, and receive on-the-spot feedback. You’ll discover how sound adds meaning, depth, and beautify to a piece of writing. In a richly supportive environment, you’ll grow as a writer and offer others the gift of your voice.

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, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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IN PERSON All The Feels: Creating Contest-Worthy Short Creative Non-Fiction
Ali Bryan
Wednesdays 10am-12:30pm
September 29, 2021 (6 weeks)
Member Price: $235
Non-member Price: $310

Genre guru, Lee Gutkind, describes creative nonfiction simply as “true stories well told,” while essayist, Vivian Gornick says the persona you create “is the one who has the wherewithal to rescue experience from chaos and turn it into art.” In this six-week course, we’ll breakdown CNF craft, explore form, truth and memory, fact vs. fiction, personal vs. public, research, specificity, writing in scene, cause & effect, details, story frame and structure, opening lines, beginnings and endings. The end goal is for participants to write a piece of compelling, contest-worthy short creative nonfiction with buzz. Please note, this class includes a critiquing component in weeks five and six.

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

Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative nonfiction writer who explores the what-ifs, the wtfs and the wait-a-minutes of every day. Her first novel, Roost, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia. Her second novel, The Figgs, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and has been optioned for TV by Sony Pictures. She’s longlisted for the CBC Canada Writes Creative Nonfiction prize, shortlisted for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award and won the 2020 Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story. She is a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Emerging Artist recipient. Her debut YA novel, The Hill, was released in March and longlisted for the 2021 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. Her short-form work has been published in Alberta Views, HASH Journal, and Understory Magazine and is forthcoming in the Good Life Review and Reservoir Road Literary Review. She has a wrestling room in her garage and regularly gets choked out by her family.

Level: All Levels Course Type: Creative Non-Fiction Event: Course

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ONLINE Push and Glide: A Skating Strategy for Pacing Your Novel
Gail Bowen
Saturdays 10am-12pm MST
October 16, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $250
Non-member Price: $330

Learn how to combine action and reflection to enhance readers’ interest in your novel’s plot and deepen their understanding of your protagonist. Through discussion and writing exercises, participants will learn this technique from celebrated Canadian novelist, Gail Bowen.

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

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Adult Multi-Week Courses (Evening)

ONLINE Poetry Basics 1 – FULL!
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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IN PERSON Poetry Basics 2
Laurie Fuhr
Mondays 7-9pm
September 27, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

Prerequisite: Poetry Basics 1.

So you’re one who did 1… good for you! Whether Poetry Basics 1 was your first time learning about and writing poetry, or you took it for a refresher, in Poetry Basics 2, we’ll take it all to the next level. Similar to Creative Basics 2, we’ll combine learning, weekly readings, and peer workshopping (which we’ll learn to do, gently and effectively) to learn more, understand more, and polish our work, all while gaining confidence in our poetic knowledge and abilities. Ready to level up? You can do it; we believe in you! Spaces are limited to eight in-person poets.

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

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: Intermediate Course Type: Poetry Event: Course

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ONLINE Leaning Against
Rosemary Nixon
Thursdays 6-8pm MST
September 30, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

Hockey players study each others’ techniques; painters and artists emulate the greats. Writers too, no matter our level, have techniques to learn and habits to break. American writer Maggie Nelson has a brilliant method for acquiring depth, resonance and power in our writing: Leaning Against.

Weekly we will study an excerpt of a powerful writer’s work. Participants will then apply that writer’s techniques – sentence structure, paragraphing, diction, syntax, dialogue, humour­… in a piece of their own. My previous students will attest to its fun and effectiveness. It will defamiliarize and energize your writing, and make it soar.

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, Creative Nonfiction Genre: All Genres Event: Course

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ONLINE Truth-telling and Vulnerability
Rayanne Haines
Tuesdays 6-8pm MST
October 5, 2021 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $160

Choosing to write about trauma through poetry and/or micro-essay for publication involves telling the deep truth of pain and trauma, while also acknowledging the work as a piece of art. When you make this decision, you must first answer the most difficult question— every time you approach the task of writing — What is the truth?

There is a difference between writing for therapy or journaling and writing art for publication. This workshop focuses on truth telling in trauma writing through prompts, and free word association with and end goal for participants to come away with a poem or micro-essay (under 500 words) to submit to journals or as a larger body of work. Participants should come prepared to hear disturbing material, while acknowledging/respecting the workshop will be centered in editing/critiquing the writing as a piece of art to be considered for publication.

  • How to cut your darlings when it hurts
  • How much truth is too much truth
  • What is art and what is therapy
  • Responsibility to self and others
  • Self-care in writing trauma
  • Calling yourself on your bullshit

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

Rayanne Haines is an award-winning, multi-genre author of five traditionally published books (her sixth on the way in 2021) 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. Her poetry and prose have been shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award and the John Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. 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) was published in spring 2021 with Frontenac House.

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

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ONLINE A World of Sonnets
Jade O'Riley
Thursdays 6-8:30pm MST
October 7, 2021 (6 weeks)
Member Price: $225
Non-member Price: $300

In the 16th century the sonnet, the original Italian love poem, took off and began popping up in other countries around the world. Sonneteering was all the rage. The sonnet form is natural as speech and thus it took on variations to suit the language in which it is written; but everywhere the sonnet has remained a lyrical, devotional poem perfect to voice expressions of love. Whether it’s for a person, a philosophy, a way of life, or the love of nature the sonnet captures passion and dedication in fourteen lines or less! Class begins with an introduction to the sonnet style of the week. There’s time in class to write a new sonnet, share and get feedback. This poem is music to the ear and pure pleasure to write.

Sonnets Covered in Class: Petrarchan Italian octave; Shakespearean English; Spenserian Stanza; Espinela; Espinela Decima; Onegin Stanza.

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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Adult One-Day Workshops

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 – FULL!
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 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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IN PERSON Buoyant Lit Mag Submissions
Samantha Jones
Wednesday 6-8pm
October 13, 2021
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

Float to the Top of the Slush Pile…

Have you always dreamed of seeing your work published in literary magazines alongside your favourite writers? Join me for Buoyant Submissions where we will discuss and develop submission packages to lit mags. Participants will leave the workshop with a personalized cover letter template, a short author bio, and the confidence to navigate the unique guidelines for submitting to literary magazines. This workshop is open to writers of all levels who are interested in submitting work to literary magazines. Content will be accessible to beginners and will be relevant to more experienced writers looking to fine-tune their submission strategy. If you have a piece that you would like to submit please bring it to the workshop, although this is not required to complete the exercises.

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

Samantha Jones (she/her) is a Calgary-based poet of mixed European and African Canadian heritage. She is a lit mag enthusiast with poetry published or forthcoming in Blanket Sea, blueskiespoetry.ca, CV2, the Eunoia Review, Grain Magazine, New Forum, and Room Magazine. Her words also appear in March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology published by the /tɛmz/ Review and 845 Press, and in Tap, Press, Read, an anthology of Calgary area writers curated and published by Loft on EIGHTH. Samantha holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and is currently a PhD Candidate in Geography at the same institution.

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

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Youth Classes and Clubs 2021/22 Season

Dungeons & Dragons Club (In-Person)
Iris Hildebrandt, Kim Firmston, Nigel Murphy
One Saturday a month (Saturday TBD) 6-9 PM
September 11 (8 Months)
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. (Different Saturdays for different age-leveled groups)

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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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

Level: All Grades 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 20 (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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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

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.

Visit our AWCS Youth website: www.realityisoptional.com

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

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Movie Making Club (In-Person)
Nigel Murphy
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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Novelmancers Novel Writing Club (In-Person)
Kim Firmston
2nd and 4th Thursdays 5-6:30 PM
September 9 (10 Months)
Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $195

In our classroom! If you’re serious about writing and want to get that novel, screenplay, or any other long project done, 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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Pen & Panel Comic Club (In-Person)
Sebastien Ringuette
First and Third Thursdays 5-6:30 PM
September 2 (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: Grades 6-12 Youth Programming: 2021/22 year

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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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Home School ONLINE – The Writers’ Workshop
Anne Hodgson
Mondays 1-2:30 PM
September 20 (12 Weeks)
Member Price: $290
Non-member Price: $380

ONLINE – Grades 7 to 9 – Ignite your imagination while practicing your skills as a writer. Students will have the opportunity to engage in interesting and creative writing activities and projects while focusing on specific skill development. Through ‘one pagers’ and poetry, students will hone their descriptive writing skills and use of figurative language. Have you ever wanted to write your own adventure or fantasy story? What better way to practice story structure and character development than to create a ‘hero’ story! We will also look to the great William Shakespeare for inspiration. After reading a shortened version of one or more of his plays, students will practice persuasive writing as they become a defense lawyer or prosecutor for one of the characters! Students will have the opportunity to share their writing and participate in one-to-one and group editing sessions, working towards self-editing and revising their work.

See our AWCS youth website: www.realityisoptional.com

Level: Grades 7-9 Youth Programming: Online

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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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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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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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Home School ONLINE – The Writers’ Workshop
Anne Hodgson
Mondays 1-2:30 PM
September 20 (12 Weeks)
Member Price: $290
Non-member Price: $380

ONLINE – Grades 7 to 9 – Ignite your imagination while practicing your skills as a writer. Students will have the opportunity to engage in interesting and creative writing activities and projects while focusing on specific skill development. Through ‘one pagers’ and poetry, students will hone their descriptive writing skills and use of figurative language. Have you ever wanted to write your own adventure or fantasy story? What better way to practice story structure and character development than to create a ‘hero’ story! We will also look to the great William Shakespeare for inspiration. After reading a shortened version of one or more of his plays, students will practice persuasive writing as they become a defense lawyer or prosecutor for one of the characters! Students will have the opportunity to share their writing and participate in one-to-one and group editing sessions, working towards self-editing and revising their work.

See our AWCS youth website: www.realityisoptional.com

Level: Grades 7-9 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. 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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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

NOW ONLINE!

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

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

Writing Improvement for Adults

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

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELATION, ABSENCE, AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

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

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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.