2021 Writer in Residence:

Alison Clarke

March 1, 2021 – May 31, 2021

Alison Clarke is a #1 bestselling author on Amazon, a poet, and 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, 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 their journey 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, who describes travelling as magical and mystical. She has been involved with 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. She has held writing workshops at global conventions and festivals including at the 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.


Writer-In-Residence Launch

Join us in welcoming Alison Clarke as the 2021 AWCS Writer-In-Residence!

The launch will be held on March 9, 2021, Tuesday, from 700pm-800pm MST. 

Registration is required for this free event. Register here: Writer In Residence Launch


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. Space is limited, so please book a consultation only if you are sure you will be able to attend.


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


Members who need additional consultations can book HERE. Additional consultations are $50/consult.

Non-Members are welcome to book consultations HERE for a fee of $50/consult.


Writer-In-Residence Launch

Join us in welcoming Alison Clarke as the 2021 AWCS Writer-In-Residence!

Registration is required for this free event. Register here: Writer In Residence Launch 

WIR Workshops

ONLINE Writer-In-Residence Workshop – Travelling Different Worlds: The Importance Of Setting

Setting is key to story and can often plays as much of a role as the characters. Join AWCS 2021 Writer-In-Residence and award-winning author Alison Clarke on a journey exploring the importance of setting through different creative mediums, writing exercises, discussion, and more.

Writer-In-Residence Workshop – Adventures In World Building: The Power Of Mythology

World building is the key to creating unforgettable fantasy novels. Wonder Woman… the Amazons… the power of Greek mythology. Fantasy novels like Percy Jackson, his universe made famous by the Greek Gods and Goddesses, Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite, and others. The Sword In The Stone and other books that also explore the realm of mythology, legends like King Arthur and the Round Table. Experience the trip fantastic with artistic exploration. Follow your literary compass with exercises that spark your creative muscle, and delve into discussion with AWCS 2021 Writer-In-Residence Alison Clarke.  This fantasy author will take you into the magic of world building.

ONLINE Writer-In-Residence Workshop – Poetry: Art In Motion

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