2021 Writer in Residence:

Alison Clarke

March 1, 2021 – May 31, 2021


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.

Travelling to festivals around the world has captivated Alison, as she believes that travelling is magical, and mystical. She has been to conventions in London, England, meeting authors from around the world who write in various genres such as fantasy or science fiction. Alison has done readings and book signings, as well as writing workshops at various conventions and festivals such as Edge Lit 8 in Derby, England. She enjoys meeting people and talking about the magic of Story. Alison believes that storytelling can change the world.

Manuscript Consultations

One of the main functions of a writer in residence is to give you honest and sound advice on your works-in-progress and encouragement to keep going. When you book a consultation you can expect to receive just that. Notes on what’s working, what’s not and suggestions moving forward.

AWCS Members are entitled to one free manuscript consultation with our WIR. All consultations will be conducted via the Zoom web platform. 

Manuscript consultation bookings will start in February.



Before you submit your work, please ensure it meets the following guidelines:

Prose: Submit a maximum of 3000 words, double-spaced, 12-pt font.

Poetry: Submit a maximum of 10 poems or 10 pages of poetry, single-spaced, 12-pt font.

Manuscripts will be due at least one week prior to consultation.

Submit manuscripts in .doc or .docx to hklaassen@alexandrawriters.org

Don’t have anything to submit? That’s okay, too. Feel free to book a consultation to chat. Get advice on the publishing process, creative process and so much more.


Coming Soon! Workshops and events with 2021 WIR Alison Clarke