2019 Writer in Residence…

Readings, Workshops and more…


Writer in Residence – Kick Off Event

Ultimate Writing Championships 

March 1, 2019 | 7pm | cSpace King Edward (RGO Treehouse)

Celebrate the launch of the 2019 Writer in Residence Progam with an MMA-style literary cage fight. Our readers will battle for literary supremacy by performing a poetry-fiction-creative nonfiction combo. Who will choke? Get tko’ed and who will emerge from the cage as the ultimate writing champion?


2019  Writer in Residence, BRADLEY SOMER


2018 Writer in Residence, SARAH L. JOHNSON


PJ. Vernon 


M. Jane Colette


Ali Bryan


Robin van Eck

BS Sessions

A weekly drop in session for writers. Come and chat about anything you feel like talking about. Burning questions, suggestions for publication, querying, rights, anything can be thrown on the table. Brad will be available for one hour on Tuesdays and wants to hear from you. 

March 5, 12, 19 & 26, May 14, 21 & 28 |12-1pm | AWCS Salon

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 | 6-7pm | AWCS Salon

These sessions are free for AWCS members. $5 drop in for non-members.


Write with Brad

May 24, 2019 | 6-9pm | AWCS Salon

Join Brad Somer for an evening of words. Grab some refreshments and settle down to write for 3-hours. Bring your favourite writing utensil (laptop, notebook and pen, chalk, crayon or blood and let the words spill onto the page. 

FREE for AWCS Members | Non-Members: $5


Writer in Residence Workshops

The Story Elements Crash Course | March 9, 2019 | 10-3:30pm

Put on your learning helmets for this one-day workshop for beginner/intermediate novelists that covers the basics of the story elements, and how they interact to make a novel work. The focus of this workshop will be on identifying the tools authors have to work with, and making each tool in your authorly toolbox function on many levels. Ideal for people interested in getting started on their first project, ones working on their first manuscript, and those wishing to writing a novel when they are more experienced in other formats, like short fiction, memoir, etc. Bring your pens and imaginations, and let’s get to work! REGISTER

One Scene, Many Tools | April 13, 2019 | 10-3:30pm

In this one-day workshop, students will be encouraged to squeeze the absolute most out of every tool they have in their story writing toolkit. While traditional courses pick the story elements apart, this one will focus on how to get them to work together. Get ready to be put through the paces with exercises and intensive workshopping of a single scene to figure out how all the different elements can be made to work together for maximum impact. How can dialogue act as plot and characterization? How can setting illuminate character…or be a character itself?  REGISTER

Lube for the Idea Machine | May 11, 2019 | 10-3:30pm

Most storytellers have little problem coming up with the ideas, many have issues executing them. This workshop examines ways to unstick a stuck story, poke those lazy characters into meaningful action, and make those contrived sections of the story a lot less so. This workshop would use methods to work through the problem spots of storytelling that are a little less traditional than often used, such as: plotting and defining character using tarot cards, the Ouija action-reaction scheme, understanding the anti-hero’s journey, constructing the lovable villain and hateable hero, among others.  REGISTER

BUNDLE & SAVE – When you register for all three WIR Workshops, save 10%. Use COUPON CODE – WIR2019 at checkout.