Learn more about the AWCS Youth Program

OUR CLUBS and CLASSES – All programs are online until it is deemed safe to return in person.

NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 2021 – MOVIE MAKING CLUB – Details coming soon!

Reality Is Optional Kids’ Writing Club (RIO) – Enjoy writing through games and collaborate like you’ve never done before. Get wild and weird with others who love writing as much as you do. Play with your words! All grades! All levels! COMING IN SEPTEMBER online and in person options will be available.

RIO meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 5:00 – 6:30. (Occasionally rescheduled due to holidays). All Ages. See our youth website with our electronic magazine, games, contests, and other youth writing resources – www.realityisoptional.com

Home School Classes – We offer classes for home schoolers of varying ages throughout the year. If you are looking for something specific for a group of four or more, let us know and we can bring your program to life. Varying Ages

Young Journalist Program – Interested in Journalism as a possible career? Get a head start with our Young Journalist Program headed by Mount Royal Journalism Professor and Journalist, Patti Edgar. Here you will work on our Zed News YYC website, record podcasts, learn the art of the interview, writing articles, and making your voice heard.  For youth in Grade 8 and up.

The Young Journalist Program meets on the first and third Mondays of the month from 7-8:30 PM. See their website here: www.zednewsyyc@weebly.com

Pen & Panel Cartooning Club – Do you love comics and animation? Do you want to learn to get better at art as well as how to tell a good joke, write a great graphic novel, or create a script for a short animation? Make friends with other kids who love drawing as much as you do! For Youth Aged 12 and up.

Pen & Panel is on the First and Third Thursdays of the month from 5-6:30 PM

Novelmancers Novel Writing Club –  Heading out on a long project can be hard, but it’s made easier with friends. If you’re serious about writing and want to get finished that novel, screen play, graphic novel, long form poetry or anything in between, join us and lighten the load. We explore all aspects of writing, critique and problem solve, and try out different ways of writing.

Novelmancers meet the second Thursday of every month. 5:00-6:30. All Ages.

Rogue Poets Poetry Club – (returned to in-person) Explore what poetry can be, then take it past those limits. Join Coach Em Williamson on a journey to the outer edges of poetry and performance. Have the opportunity to perform on various stages with the Rogue Poets, hone your poetic craft, create collaborative work the likes of which you’ve never imagined, and even compete at the Can You Hear Me Now provincial school poetry slam. Jr/Sr High students only, please.

The Rogue Poets meet the first and third Tuesday of every month from 5:00 – 6:30. Grades 7-12.

Dungeons & Dragons  Club – Enjoy fantasy? Want to live it? Then join us for this epic and wildly creative game called Dungeons and Dragons. Battle monsters, solve puzzles, find treasure and learn to work in a team while telling and experiencing your story together. Online and In-Person options available.

D&D club meets on the last Saturday every month from 6:00 – 9:00 PM (Occasionally rescheduled). Grades 5-12.

Social Stuff


Novelmancer write-in – meet on Discord once a week to work on that novel, play, screenplay, short story collection, graphic novel, or whatever with other young writers. All ages up to 25 years. Chill music, chill writing, connectivity. E-mail Kim Firmston for the Discord link – kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org

R.I.W.O. (Reality Is Woefully Obligatory) – Creativity doesn’t stop when the world gets demanding. Meet other young adult creators aged 16-25 to chat writing, art, creating, and more. Official once a month meet up on Discord (and eventually in person again) with regular daily chat, sharing of ideas, memes, fandoms, and community. E-mail Kim Firmston for the Discord link – kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org

MEMBERS EVENTS – Created by the youth themselves, these fun Saturday nights may include anything from a party, movie night, video game tournament, or something else. Free for members. $5 for non-members

AWCS YOUTH COUNCIL – Do you want to influence how the AWCS Youth programs are run? Do you want to help them continue to become a thing of greatness? Join us on the steering committee, not only does it look good on your resume/scholarship application, but it is also a wonderful way to support your youth writing community. (contact Kim Firmston for more information kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org)

AWCS YOUTH IN THE COMMUNITY – A couple of times a year our youth are encouraged to join larger projects where we partner with other creative community groups. In the past, we have worked with Rocket House on the International Children’s Festival, Ramsay Robots on BeakerHead, and Calgary Reads for Reading Week, among others. It’s a great way to get some cool stuff on your resume! Contact Kim Firmston to find out what we have in store and how to get involved.  kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org

TAKE PART IN WRITING AN E-ZINE (electronic magazine) – four times a year our youth programs come out with an electronic magazine on our website www.realityisoptional.com. Club members and students are encouraged to send in their art, writing, ads, photography, poetry, stories, novel excerpts, and whatever else they have created. We are always looking for new stuff! You can submit online or in person at one of our club meetings.

WANT TO SEE OUR SCHEDULE? For a complete schedule of AWCS Youth Programs, fun games created by our members, writing resources for youth, and our electronic magazine (E-Zine)  visit the AWCS Youth Programs website.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS, Need a subsidy? Please contact Youth Program Director, Kim Firmston. She would be happy to help. kfirmston@alexandrawriters.or