2020/21 Courses & Workshops 

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

 

A huge thank you to The Calgary Foundation for supporting the Alexandra Writers Centre and our community of writers. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ABLit Book Club

ABLit Book Club

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

Welcome to the ABLit Book Club registration page!

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

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

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

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

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Membership

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

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

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

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

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

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Drop-In Programs

ONLINE The Story Salon

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

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

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 View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Poetry Cafe

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

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

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

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

click link below to view upcoming dates

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

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

When reality is no longer optional, come and join a group to find a way to move forward through your writing and creative projects with the help of your new writing community. For ages 16-25 to share community, creativity, interests, writing, and more.

Offical meeting once a month with daily chats on Discord.

Join today!

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

Adult Multi-Week Courses (Daytime)

ONLINE Book Bones

Susan Forest
Thursdays
2-4pm MST
January 14, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

Structure is key to writing a novel. Whether the three-act structure, five-act structure, Hero’s Journey, Virgin’s promise, Transtheortical Model, Stages of Grief, or Anatomy of Story appeal to you, come prepared to examine the differences among novel skeletons and see which can inform your manuscript. Come with a few scenes and an outline, or a finished novel to reverse-engineer, and use this course to come away with an initial scene-by-scene outline to use as a basis for writing.

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

Susan Forest is the author of Aurora Award-winning Bursts of Fire (2019), as well as over 25 internationally-published short stories. She edits an award-winning anthology series for Laksa Media, and will be 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.

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

IN PERSON 3 Month Novel Project: Powering Through Your Shitty First Draft

Sarah L. Johnson
Fridays
10am-12pm MST
January 15, 2021 (12 weeks)
Member Price: $360
Non-member Price: $480

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

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

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

This class will be offered in-person. Depending on the state of the pandemic in Calgary, it may be switched to an online format using the Zoom web platform. If you register, please be prepared to take the class either way.

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

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

ONLINE Creative Writing Basics 2

Stephanie Wong Ken
Saturdays
10am-12pm MST
January 16, 2021 (8 Weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

This class is an extension of Creative Writing Basics 1, where you will dive deeper into storytelling elements like POV, language, dialogue, voice, and structure. Class participants will be workshopping their works in progress with the class to help further develop their writing. By the end of this course, you will be prepared to revise a short story, a novel, or a long form creative nonfiction piece with confidence and care.

Prerequisite: Creative Writing Basics 1

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

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

 

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

ONLINE All the Feels: Crafting Contest-Worthy Short Creative Nonfiction

Ali Bryan
Wednesdays
10am-12:30pm MST
January 20, 2021 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $200

Everyone has a memory, or an anecdote from their past, whether it happened days ago or decades. That time your arm got trapped by a boulder and you had to cut it off or that other time when you watched a man and his pigeon stroll down Stephen Ave. Big or small, dramatic or comical, personal stories have the power to give the reader ‘all the feels.’ In this class, we will examine how the elements of fiction and storytelling – narrative arc, voice, setting, characterization, dialogue, detail – can be utilized to write compelling, contest-worthy short creative nonfiction with buzz. The end goal is for participants to submit to the CBC Nonfiction Prize (max word count 2000). In addition to studying craft, we’ll examine past winners and shortlisted works, and workshop and critique member essays/works in progress.

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

Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative nonfiction writer based in Calgary, Canada. Her first novel Roost (Freehand, 2013) won the Alberta Literary Awards Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia 2014. Her second novel, The Figgs, was released in May 2018 and was short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. She twice long-listed for the CBC Canada Writes Creative Non-Fiction prize for her essays “Asshole Homemaker” and “Mints After The Meal.” “Mints After The Meal” was also shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Awards Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award in 2015. “Let’s Talk” was nominated for the same prize in 2016. She is a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards 2018 Emerging Artist recipient. Her short story The Big Man in Cargo Shorts was short-listed for the 2020 Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction. Her debut YA novel, The Hill, will be released in the fall of 2020 from Dottir Press.

 

 

- Level: Intermediate - Course Type: Creative Nonfiction, Personal Essay, Humour - Event: Weekly Course View Course Details & Register

IN PERSON The Art of the Interview: Extracting Gold From Personal Testimony

Laura Swart
Thursdays
1-3pm MST
January 21, 2021 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $160

In writing both fiction and nonfiction, we often conduct interviews to add substance to our writing. In this course, we’ll interview one or two participants per class, shape the transcripts into short pieces of writing, and discuss how to strengthen storylines, setting, characters, detailing, tone, diction—whatever your piece is asking for. You will leave the course with several pieces in progress, an expanded toolbox, and the feeling of being seen and heard. Open to all writing levels and genres.

This class will be offered in-person. Depending on the state of the pandemic in Calgary, it may be switched to an online format using the Zoom web platform. If you register, please be prepared to take the class either way.

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

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

IN PERSON The Transformative Magic of Memoir

Karen Lee
Tuesdays
10am-1pm MST
January 26, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $360
Non-member Price: $480

Memoirs are a very popular genre right now – have you thought of writing one? In this course, you will learn about what memoir is and what it isn’t, how to start a memoir, how to elicit those illusive memories, how to deal with emotions – your own and the ones you are writing about. We cover memoir structure, dialogue, character description, and more. We will deal with the fears and the joys of writing your memoir.

Memoir writing is not therapy – we will stick closely to the writing process – but many find that writing their memoir is therapeutic, enlightening, and even transformative. Writing a memoir can, for some, transform their understanding of their own life’s journey and the challenges they have faced.

This class will be offered in-person. Depending on the state of the pandemic in Calgary, it may be switched to an online format using the Zoom web platform. If you register, please be prepared to take the class either way.

Karen E. Lee, M.A., is an author, writing instructor, public speaker, workshop leader, a retired clinical psychologist and management consultant. She has authored two non-fiction books, Consulting into the Future 2002 about management consulting, and The Full Catastrophe 2016, a memoir of her two marriages, widowhood, healing and learning to live again after trauma. She has also authored articles that range from psychology and management topics, journal articles, memoir and history. She is presently working on another memoir – a work of creative non-fiction about the village in Ontario where she grew up.

 

- Level: All Levels - Course Type: Memoir , Nonfiction View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Truth-telling and Vulnerability: Writing trauma in poetry and micro-essay

Rayanne Haines
Fridays
1-3pm MST
Feb. 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) is forthcoming in 2021 with Frontenac House.

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

Adult Multi-Week Courses (Evening)

ONLINE Creative Writing Basics 1 (Evening)

Olyn Ozbick
Tuesdays
7-9pm MST
January 12, 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.

Olyn Ozbick is a finalist in the CBC Short Story Awards, an internationally award-winning journalist and magazine editor and author of the popular picture book The Davy Rule. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary magazines in Canada, the US and the UK. She lives in Calgary with her frisbee-lovin’ border collie.

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

ONLINE Poetry Basics 1

Laurie Fuhr
Wednesdays
7-9pm MST
January 13, 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 View Course Details & Register

ONLINE World Building in Scene

Sarah E. Johnson
Tuesdays
7-9pm MST
January 19, 2021 (8 Weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

Immerse your reader into a world full of sounds, smells and vivid imagery. Develop a way to show politics, technology, fantastical elements or an era long forgotten. World building is a way to take your reader on a journey through your story and have them sense every moment. Readers want to believe the rules of a story with ease and flow. Writers in every genre will benefit. This class will focus on the ground up of world building, how to make sense of your creative pile and what the reader needs. You can use your current work in progress or develop a new one. Each week will focus on a different area and there will be continuous exercises that will put those ideas to use. Participants should leave this course with ample well developed scenes and an ability to meld world within your story.

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

Sarah Johnson lives and works in Calgary. She mostly writes science fiction and fantasy. Her latest short story can be found in the War Memorial Project.

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

ONLINE Novel Writing 101

Robin van Eck
Wednesdays
6:30-8:30pm
January 20, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

Have you been thinking about writing a novel but don’t know where to start? Have an idea but can’t get from concept to words on a page?

This 8-week course is designed to get you started on that book-length manuscript. Instruction will focus on characterization, voice, plot, setting, conflict etc. as they specifically apply to those critical first chapters and how to keep going. While this course includes no formal workshopping, students can expect to share their work as it relates to a variety of writing exercises. By the end of the course, students will have generated a strong and focused beginning to their manuscript and be well poised to continue through the middle and eventually to the end.

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: Beginner, Intermediate - Course Type: Fiction, Novel - Genre: All Genres View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Race, Poetry, and Resistance

Asher Ghaffar
Thursdays
6-8pm MST
January 21, 2021 (8 Weeks)
Member Price: $240
Non-member Price: $320

How do poets of colour and indigenous writers draw on experiences of colonialism and race to innovate poetic forms and develop other ways of being in the world? This series of 8 workshops will explore the relationship between colonialism, indigeneity, racial identity, and poetic innovation through an examination of contemporary Canadian and American writers such as Janet Rogers, Gillian Sze, Dionne Brand, Evie Shockley, Zulfikar Ghose, and Bhanu Kapil.  The workshop is structured around a mini lecture, discussion, and writing activity.  All are encouraged and welcome to attend.

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

Asher Ghaffar’s debut collection of poetry, Wasps in a Golden Dream Hum a Strange Music (ECW Press, 2008) created an innovative language to investigate the impact of race on the psyche. His forthcoming collection, SS Komagata Maru, was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Award in Literature in 2011.  Ghaffar’s works have appeared in Literary Review of Canada and The New Quarterly among others.  In his past life, he managed the writing centre at the University of Calgary and taught rhetoric at the University of Saskatchewan while he edited a cross-cultural collection of essays on the politics of world literature that was published with Routledge in 2018.  Ghaffar is currently completing a book of creative-critical essays that will be published with Routledge next year while he continues to teach writing at George Brown College.  His works have been recognized by awards from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

 

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

ONLINE The Play’s The Thing

Marty Chan
Mondays
7-8pm MST
February 1, 2021 (8 weeks)
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $160

Release your inner Shakespeare and learn how to craft a stage play. Marty Chan reveals his insights on what stories work best on stage, how to craft dialogue, and how to create drama. He’ll share easy-to-understand tips that will have people penning their own plays before the curtain falls.

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

Marty Chan’s best known for his hit play Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl, which toured across Canada and had an Off Broadway run in 2004. In addition to writing over 25 produced plays, he’s also worked as a story editor in television, written two radio dramas, and written 16 books for kids. He works and lives in Edmonton with his stage manage wife Michelle and their non-theatre cat, Buddy.

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

ONLINE Beyond The Chosen One: Developing Characters for Genre Fiction

Kim Firmston
Wednesdays
6-8pm MST
March 3, 2021 (4 weeks)
Member Price: $120
Non-member Price: $160

The best part of making a story is creating the characters. In this course, you will not only dress your characters up using environment, ethnicity, race, lore, etc. but, using your chosen brand of genre fiction, nuance them to show off their personality, backstory, status, and unique items.

Learn how to avoid Mary Sues, overly tragic characters, and The Chosen One trope by creating well rounded main characters while keeping genre rules in mind. Incorporate goal, motive, conflict, education, style of conflict management or fighting, and hobbies or interests. Create engaging antagonists. Then get to know what your characters think of the world when not engaged in the plot.

Make your world a diverse place without falling into harmful stereotypes. Learn methods to research and incorporate disabilities (hidden or physical), ethnicities, gender, and sexuality, and what traps to avoid. Explore how to mirror and comment on real-world issues and using your genre’s characters.

Finally, delve into your characters’ past to discover their voice and create distinct dialogue. Create genre-specific slang that makes sense and isn’t cringeworthy. Mirror physical movements with dialogue using everything that makes your characters unique to make them come alive.

When you are done you will have a cast worthy of your plot.

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

Kim Firmston is a published YA novelist, specializing in teaching all aspects of writing and genre fiction for the past two decades. When not teaching, Kim works on writing everything from novels to plays to video game scripts (though computer coding still eludes her). She is often found in her basement creating stop motion animation or reading her extensive comic book collection. She loves teaching and has been part of the AWCS for over fifteen years.

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

Adult One-Day Workshops

ONLINE Unstick Yourself

Meghan Victoria
Saturday
10am-3pm MST
January 30, 2021
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

We all know the story. Our muse drops a shining idea into our mind and we spend weeks, maybe a months, furiously and passionately crafting that idea into words on the page. And it’s brilliant and glorious and we’re the next NY Times Bestselling Author and then … We get busy. Plotting hits a wall. Bad case of writer’s block. And our masterpiece sits. And sits. And our passion wanes. And then we get A NEW IDEA. And it starts all over again.

Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. Getting stuck is part of the writing process. The key is to know how to unstick yourself. In this workshop, we’ll dive into everything from scheduling to accountability, writing exercises to idea generation, plot stickiness to stubborn characters. Bring the piece that has you most stuck, and prepare to leave with a plan and the motivation to drag it kicking and screaming across the finish line.

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

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

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

ONLINE Finding the Elephant in the Chunk of Marble

Gail Bowen
Saturday
10am-2pm MST
February 6, 2021
Member Price: $70
Non-member Price: $90

When an artist was asked how she made an elephant out of a chunk of marble, she replied, “it’s simple.  I just chip away everything that isn’t elephant.” Publishers today lack the resources to pay editors to find the novel in a promising but flawed manuscript.  This workshop will show writers how to give their manuscript a professional edit before submitting it for publication.

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

Gail Bowen is a prolific author, playwright and teacher. Her best known works are the Joanne Kilbourn series of mystery novels, all of which are set in Saskatchewan. These books have received national and international acclaim for their realistic, continually evolving heroine and examinations of contemporary social issues ranging from child prostitution to feminism, racism and domestic abuse. Six books in the series have been successfully adapted for an international television audience. Among her numerous writing awards are a lifetime achievement award from the Crime Writers of Canada and the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Regina and the Lifelong Learning Centre. Readers’ Digest has called her Canada’s best mystery novelist. She is also a playwright, specializing in children’s literature, and has adapted a number of classic works such as Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast for the stage and radio. In 2018, she was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and the Grand Master Award of Crime Writers of Canada.

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

ONLINE Sensory Writing: Restoring the Weary Writer’s Heart

Christy Ann Conlin
Saturday
10am-3pm MST
February 13, 2021
Member Price: $80
Non-member Price: $105

This five hour workshop invites the weary writer to a revitalizing experience where you will once more fall in love with your writing practice. Through a series of writing explorations, we will travel deep into the realm of sensory writing, and see how this brings originality and distinctiveness to language, voice and story. Sensory writing offers a critical pathway into the lush literary landscape we want our stories, and our readers, to inhabit. Our workshop focus is on clarity, honesty, and tenderness in our writing, as well as for ourselves. Where there is sharpness, there is softness. Where there is despair, there is hope. We will work with childhood memory and examine the manner in which it ripples into present day story, the connection between the past and the present, all through the illuminating lens of sensory writing. How can touch, taste, scent, sound and sight enrich language and develop character, setting, action, voice and theme? This workshop is perfect for writers both new and seasoned, writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. Writers need restoration and replenishment, self care and enrichment for the creative heart which beats in our stories, and the creative heart which beats in our daily lives. Be your own literary cupid.

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

Christy Ann Conlin grew up in Nova Scotia on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Her first love was theatre and this eventually led her to writing. Her debut novel, Heave, published by Doubleday in 2002, was a national bestseller, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and was shortlisted for the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her second novel, The Memento, published by Doubleday in 2016, garnered rave reviews. Watermark, a collection of short stories was published by House of Anansi Press in 2019, and was a finalist for the Evergreen Award, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the winner of the Miramichi Reader Short Fiction prize. Christy Ann’s short stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals including Best Canadian Stories, Brick, Geist, Room and Numéro Cinq. Her work has also been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the American Short Fiction Prize. Christy Ann’s radio broadcast work includes co-creating and hosting CBC Fear Itself, a national summer radio series, along with documentaries for CBC Doc Project and Outfront.  Christy Ann studied screenplay writing at the University of British Columbia. She has taught creating workshops and as an online instructor at the University of Toronto for many years. Christy Ann works as a mental health advocate and lives in Nova Scotia with her sprawling sandwich generation family. Her next novel, Speed of Mercy, will be published by House of Anansi in March 2021.

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

ONLINE Ghostwriting: Writing a Story That’s Not Your Own

Sharon McLeay
Saturday
10am-3pm MST
February 20, 2021
Member Price: $75
Non-member Price: $100

Have you ever been tempted to say “yes” when a family member or friend has asked you to help write a memoir? Ghostwriting can be a fun and worthwhile pursuit if you know the right steps to take before and during the project. In this 5-hour online ZOOM class, Sharon Pearce-McLeay (author of three ghostwritten memoirs) will cover all the bases, including everything from setting an initial agreement, identifying purpose and audience, to research, writing in someone else’s voice and pitfalls to avoid.

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

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

 

- Level: All Levels View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Backstory Secrets

Susan Forest
Saturday
10am-2pm MST
March 13, 2021
Member Price: $60
Non-member Price: $80

Backstory is tricky to interweave into your story effectively. Often, our mistake is to introduce it too soon, or all at once in one large infodump. When and how can it be feathered in effectively? Think of your backstory as a series of secrets your protagonist does not want to reveal. Make your audience hungry for backstory and deliver it at just the right moment! Bring your plot line of story events, and your backstory events, and use the tips from this one-day workshop to analyze your piece for optimal revelation of scandalous secrets!

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

Susan Forest is the author of Aurora Award-winning Bursts of Fire (2019), as well as over 25 internationally-published short stories. She edits an award-winning anthology series for Laksa Media, and will be 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.

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

ONLINE From Rumi to the Rubiyat

Jade O'Riley
Saturday
1-5pm MST
March 20, 2021
Member Price: $60
Non-member Price: $80

Bacchanalian symbolism of wine, taverns and drunkenness spills from the mystical poems of the Persian poets; these are Sufi expressions of divine love. Using the symbolism of the Sufi poets Jelaluddin Rumi and Omar Khayaam, we’ll write the Rubiyat; at one time, the most popular Sufi poem to be translated into the English language. And write the Persian song poem: the Ghazal, a short lyrical poem written in couplets linked in rhyme that expresses love and the meaning and beauty of life. These Persian poetry forms turn the story of work-a-day life turns into the love of living. Your poetry will dance with the dervishes. There’s time in class to share your poems and get feedback.

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

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

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

Spring Feature Workshop w/ Anthony Doerr

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

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

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

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

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

Calgary Public Library

 

AWCS/WGA Members: $200

Non-Members: $225

 

 

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

Adult Micro Workshops

ONLINE Writing A Gift of Story – Holiday Recipe Edition

Miji Campbell
Saturday
1-3pm MST
December 5, 2020
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

This workshop invites you to write a gift of story for someone special. You will be given suggestions to create a story, along with tips and tools to tell it in a meaningful way. No writing experience necessary. Only life experience! A memorable, lasting, gift for the celebrations of the season.

Please bring a memento: recipe card, cookbook, photograph, object that reminds you of the story you would like to share.

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

Miji Campbell is a writer, speaker, and teacher. Her work has appeared in Today’s Parent Magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Calgary Herald,  Women’s Words: An Anthology and Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers. Her memoir Separation Anxiety: A Coming of Middle Age Story is her first book and winner of the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Award for Nonfiction. Born and raised in Calgary, Miji lives in Red Deer.

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

ONLINE Packing a Punch: Big Stories in Small Spaces

Katie Bickell
Thursday
6-9pm MST
January 14, 2021
Member Price: $45
Non-member Price: $60

Learn how to craft powerful narratives in as few words as possible from an award-winning short story writer. Working from a collective prompt, students will workshop a piece of flash fiction into a succinct-but-rich tale using a variety of tools. Students can expect to leave the course with a polished piece of flash fiction, as well as a list of flash fiction markets open to submissions. This class includes both crafting and editing a new micro-story in real time.

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

Katie Bickell is author of Always Brave, Sometimes Kind, a novel told in short stories, and the recipient of the Alberta Literary Award’s Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story, the Writer’s Guild of Alberta’s Emerging Writer Award, the 2014 Alberta Views Short Story Contest, and the 2011 YMF Voices of Motherhood Essay Contest. Her fiction has been published in magazine and literary journals in Canada, the United States, and the UK. Originally from rural Northern Alberta, Katie now lives in Sherwood Park with her husband and daughters.

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

ONLINE Resonance in Writing: The Personal to the Universal

Josephine LoRe
Monday
6-9pm
January 18, 2021
Member Price: $45
Non-member Price: $60

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONLINE The Dreaded Query Letter – How. Why. Where.

Rayanne Haines
Monday
6-8pm MST
February 1, 2021
Member Price: $30
Non-member Price: $40

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

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

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

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

Rayanne Haines is an award-winning, 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) is forthcoming in 2021 with Frontenac House.

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

ONLINE We Got The Beat!

Josephine LoRe
Monday
6-9pm MST
February 8, 2021
Member Price: $45
Non-member Price: $60

Poetry is to words what melody is to music.  This three-hour workshop will explore the sound possibilities in poetry, the meter, the rhythm.  We will open up the secrets of how to create new and engaging poetry following the principles and beats of rhythm. We will look at poems that contain examples of each of the six meters:  Iambic, Trochaic, Anapestic, Dactylic, Spondaic and Pyrrhic. Are these meters obsolete?  Does free-form prevail? Does anyone write in Iambic Pentameter anymore?  The sonnets, the ballads, are they relics from the past, from long-buried Shakespeares and Elizabeth Barrett Brownings, Lord Byrons, and Robert Services?  Or can we intentionally embed our poetry with rhythms that lead the reader to wanting more?  And what about performance poetry, the tat-ta-ra-tat of Slam Poetry … what role does rhythm and beat play in these forms? Learn how to modulate and regulate your sound to create effect.  Be ready to listen and learn, to write and share and provide constructive feedback.

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

Josephine LoRe is the author of two collections which integrate poetry and photography, ‘Unity’ and the Calgary Herald Bestseller ‘The Cowichan Series’, as well as the short story “Cornflower”. Her words have been read on stage, put to music, danced, and rendered into visual art.  They appear in anthologies and literary journals in nine countries including FreeFall Literary Magazine, The Prairie Journal, Japan’s Mount Fuji Tanka Grand Prix, the AWCS War Memory Project, Pendemic poetry in Ireland, Calgary’s People’s Poetry Festival, The Parkland Poets’ Poetry and Photography Pairings, TapPressRead, YYC PoP and the upcoming (M)othering Anthology.Josephine has a Maîtrise in Comparative Literature from l’Université de Rouen, France, an Honour’s BA in Modern Languages and Literature and is cleverly disguised as a Junior High French Immersion teacher by day.

 

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

ONLINE Buoyant Lit Mag Submissions

Samantha Jones
Wednesday
7-9pm MST
February 17, 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 is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.

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 - Genre: All Genres View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Let’s Talk About Dialogue

Heather Osborne
Monday
6-9pm MST
February 22, 2021
Member Price: $45
Non-member Price: $60

Are you having difficulty mixing dialogue with setting and character? Ever feel like you’re jumping from a block of description to a block of action, without creating a flow between the two? Getting the right balance of description, dialogue, and action in your scenes can be tricky. A strong paragraph uses all three elements, working together, to help create tension, deepen characterization, and advance the plot. Once you have the basics down, you can mix and match the three elements to create a quick, choppy, tense scene, or a slow dramatic one. In this three-hour mini workshop, ideal for the beginning fiction writer, we’ll start with the basics—punctuating dialogue—and then use writing exercises to develop a variety of combinations of description, dialogue, and action.

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

Heather Osborne writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance. She earned her doctorate of creative writing from the University of Calgary, and she is associate editor of the International Review of Science Fiction. Her latest short story, “From the Shoals of Broken Cities,” is available in the anthology Shades Within Us (Laksa Media 2018).

- Level: All Levels View Course Details & Register

ONLINE Poetry For A Song

Jade O'Riley
Saturday
1-4pm MST
February 27, 2021
Member Price: $45
Non-member Price: $60

Write poetry that makes your lyrics sing and your songs stand out. Create melodic lyrics, song hooks and titles that leave an impression; use rhyme and symbols to deliver your song’s emotional message. This class is open to anyone interested in writing lyrics for songs. There’ll be time in class to debut your brand new song!

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, Songwriting View Course Details & Register

Youth Classes and Clubs - Sept-June

Young Journalist Program

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

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

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

EXPLORE! DIG! WRITE!

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

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

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

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

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR – PATTI EDGAR

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

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

Pen & Panel Comic Creation Class

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

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

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

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

Reality Is Optional Writing Club

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

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

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

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

Novelmancers Novel Writing Club

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

WE ARE BACK TO MEETING IN PERSON!

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

All Ages. Join anytime

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

Rogue Poets Poetry Club

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

WE ARE BACK TO MEETING IN PERSON!

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

 

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

Dungeons & Dragons Club

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

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

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

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020/21 SEASON CLOSES DEC 25TH

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

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

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

When reality is no longer optional, come and join a group to find a way to move forward through your writing and creative projects with the help of your new writing community. For ages 16-25 to share community, creativity, interests, writing, and more.

Offical meeting once a month with daily chats on Discord.

Join today!

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

Novelmancer Write In

Kim Firmston
First and third Thursday
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 View Course Details & Register

Student Support

Write Away! Creative Writing for Homeschoolers

Anne Hodgson
Monday
10:30-12
Jan 4 (no class Feb 15) (8 weeks )
Member Price: $220
Non-member Price: $285

Write Away! for homeschoolers aged 8-13 (suggested). In-Person in our writing centre (COVID-19 safety precautions in place – masks required)

Ignite your imagination! Students will have the opportunity to engage in fun and creative writing activities while focusing on specific skill development such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting. Activities will be tailor-made to meet students’ needs and interests. Students will participate in one to one and group editing sessions with a goal towards self-editing.

Meet the Teacher! Anne Hodgson inspires children and youth with her passion for writing, reading, and history. She recently retired from teaching with the Calgary Board of Education after 39 years. Her experience spans all grades, as well as E.L.L., and students with learning needs. With a Fine Arts background, she combines creativity and project-based learning with the acquisition of specific skills and knowledge. Anne enjoys getting to know her students to inspire and develop confidence in themselves as writers. Anne is a writer, storyteller, and playwright.

- Level: Ages 8-13 - Course Type: In-Person - Youth Programming: Student Support View Course Details & Register

AB Book Club for Kids and Teens

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

A reading club for you and your grades!

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

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

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

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

MORE BOOKS COMING FOR JANUARY!

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

Youth Tutoring

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

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

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

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

Youth Tutoring and Homework Help

Want to impress your teachers? Falling behind in Social Studies or English? Need some extra help on a specific project? Want to prepare for finals or PATs? Or do you just want to get better at writing in general? Our one on one tutoring is perfect for students looking for a boost in essays, book reports, journalism, creative writing, poetry, or anything writing-related. Contact Kim Firmston to book your youth tutoring session. info@alexandrawriters.org

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELATION, ABSENCE, AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

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

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Online Learning Pods

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

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

Minimum 2 students – Maximum 5

LEARN MORE HERE

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

Academic Post-Secondary Tutoring

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

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

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

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

Academic Post-Secondary Tutoring

Struggling with academic writing? Need to learn to write academic papers or improve the quality of your university essays? Is English your second language? Having trouble knowing what to and how to cite? Are formatting and footnotes getting you down? AWCS has you covered. Qualified instructors will get you on track. Contact Kim Firmston to book your academic tutoring session. info@alexandrawriters.org

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELATION, ABSENCE, AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

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

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Tutoring

Writing Improvement for Adults

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

NOW ONLINE!

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

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

Writing Improvement for Adults

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

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELATION, ABSENCE, AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

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

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Youth Tutoring

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

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

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

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

Youth Tutoring and Homework Help

Want to impress your teachers? Falling behind in Social Studies or English? Need some extra help on a specific project? Want to prepare for finals or PATs? Or do you just want to get better at writing in general? Our one on one tutoring is perfect for students looking for a boost in essays, book reports, journalism, creative writing, poetry, or anything writing-related. Contact Kim Firmston to book your youth tutoring session. info@alexandrawriters.org

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELATION, ABSENCE, AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

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

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Academic Post-Secondary Tutoring

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

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

All Ages / All Skill Levels / All Styles and Types

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

Academic Post-Secondary Tutoring

Struggling with academic writing? Need to learn to write academic papers or improve the quality of your university essays? Is English your second language? Having trouble knowing what to and how to cite? Are formatting and footnotes getting you down? AWCS has you covered. Qualified instructors will get you on track. Contact Kim Firmston to book your academic tutoring session. info@alexandrawriters.org

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELATION, ABSENCE, AND RESCHEDULING POLICY

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

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Special Events

Spring Feature – In Conversation w/ Anthony Doerr

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

For Writers & Readers

In Conversation w/ Anthony Doerr

May 28, 2021 | 7pm

New Venue – Calgary Public Library

 

AWCS/WGA Members: $50

Non-Members: $75

 

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

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

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

Spring Feature Workshop w/ Anthony Doerr

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

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

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

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

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

Calgary Public Library

 

AWCS/WGA Members: $200

Non-Members: $225

 

 

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

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

 

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