Learn more about the AWCS Youth Program

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AWCS IN THE CLASSROOM

Want the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society to come to your classroom either in-person or online? 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)

  • $300.00 a session (60-90 minutes)
  • $500.00 half-day session (morning or afternoon)
  • $900.00 for a full day

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).
  • 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).
  • 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)
  • 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 an 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

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 a request today!