AWCS For Schools and Teachers

AT OUR CENTRE OR YOURS!

Professional Development for Teachers

The Alexandra Writers’ Centre offers professional development workshops for teachers in all disciplines. These workshops focus both on how teachers can access their own creativity and learn to write, and also how teachers can activate the potential for creative writing in the classroom.

Make it Write for Teachers!

Calling all teachers! Do you have a story to tell? Have you always wanted to write your memoirs or a personal essay? Do you want to learn how to put the creative in creative non-fiction? Teachers who are interested in learning to be (better) writers are invited to bring a favourite journal and come create and play with words. This is not a how-to-teach-writing class, but an opportunity to get your own words on the page. The best writing teachers write! Come write with us.

  • Instructor: Kim McCullough
  • 4 class session on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30.

Kim McCullough is a writer and teacher, and a writing teacher, from Calgary. A two-time winner of the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay prize, Kim’s essay Night/Light was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines including The New Quarterly, Grain, and Room. Kim is at work on a series of essays on teaching, and on a novel set in Calgary.

Teaching through Play

Play expands understanding, keeps attention, and improves lesson memory. Plus, it’s fun. Learn to captivate your elementary and teen students by turning lectures and ideas into hands on activities which stretch their imaginations, engage their minds, and make specific learning points into games and goals.

  • Instructor: Kim Firmston
  • Classes available upon request

Kim Firmston is the director of the AWCS Youth Programs. Kim’s short story, “Life Before War”, was short listed in the 2008 CBC Literary Award and published in FreeFall Magazine. Her plays for children have appeared at the Calgary Fringe Festival and around the world. Her YA novels, Schizo, Hook Up, Touch, Stupid, and Creep Con are published by Lorimer SideStreets.

 

AWCS in the Classroom

Want the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society to come to your classroom? Looking for a field trip destination for a small class? Want to have some fun while still staying on curriculum? Well you’ve come to the right place. We have just the thing whether you’re looking for a workshop, a full day, or a full week residency. In a nutshell, we make writing fun!

For more information, to schedule a workshop, or to have a workshop built to your school’s needs contact Kim Firmston, Youth Program director. at kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org

(Everything we offer is available as a one class/ half day/ or full day workshop)

  • Full day $450.00
  • Half day $225.00
  • Single session (60-90 minutes) $125.00

Currently Available Workshops

ELEMENTARY

  • Grade 6 PAT prep – Creative Writing from a picture prompt
  • Grade 6 PAT prep – Articles and Creative writing
  • Intro to Essay Writing – grades 3-4 (how to get started – picking a topic, research, planning, and writing)
  • Alberta Champions – grades 4-6 (ELA/social studies) Is your class entering the Alberta Champions writing contest? Give them a head start on their historical fiction short story. (More info about the contest HERE).
  • Write like a Poet – grades 1-3 (learn all about poetry)
  • Write like a Poet – grades 4-6 (literary devices, analyzing poetry, learn to write your own)
  • Writer’s Toolbox – all grades (Genre, character building, description through senses, plot arc)
  • Write a script for your school play (drama/ELA) All grades – work together to write a script that will become the basis for your next school play

JUNIOR HIGH

  • Grade 9 PAT prep – Narrative essays
  • Grade 9 PAT prep – Writing a business letter (AKA the persuasive essay) and the Narrative Essay
  • Exploring non-fiction through women in history – Discover some amazing women in history and use them as a jumping off point to write your own Narrative essay.
  • Writer’s Toolbox – (Genre, character building, description through senses, plot arc)
  • Write your Feelings – (ELA/Health) Journaling / writing your life experiences into your fiction.
  • Alberta Champions – (ELA/social studies) Is your class entering the Alberta Champions writing contest? Give them a head start on their historical fiction short story. (More info about the contest HERE).
  • Poetry –Junior High – Literary devices, analyzing poetry, learning to write your own.
  • Monologue and Script Writing (ELA/Drama)
  • Write a script for your school play – Work together to write a script that will become the basis for your next school play

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Pitching Your Work  – how to take the next step and get your stuff published
  • Writer’s Toolbox – grades 9-12 (Genre, character building, description through senses, plot arc)
  • Write your Feelings (ELA/CALM) – grade 11, (journaling / writing your life experiences into your fiction)
  • Poetry – grades 9-12 – (literary devices, analyzing poetry, learning to write your own)
  • Monologue and Script Writing (ELA/Drama) grades 9-12
  • Write a script for your school play – Work together to write a script that will become the basis for your next school play.

NEW! Meet and Author

Now your students can meet a real live author of fiction or non-fiction, poetry, or script-writing. Tell us the kind of writer you want and we will match you with an author to come in and speak to your students about what it’s like to be a professional writer, answer questions, and even lead them in an activity or two. (Prices vary depending on the writer) For more information and to tell us the kind of writer you want and your budget contact Kim Firmston at kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org