AWCS Youth Programs

 Clubs, Classes, and More!

 Visit our Websites:  AWCS Youth Website – (our program schedule, e-zine, resources, and games)  Young Journalist Program Website

Clubs and Classes:

Reality Is Optional Kids’ Writing Club (RIO) – All ages. September – June AVAILABLE IN ONLINE AND IN-PERSON VERSIONS

Join our longest running kids’ writing club. RIO is the place to be if you love writing and want to meet others like you.  Explore all styles of writing including podcasting, film, poetry, short story, collaborative creation, and more – all while playing games and making friends! All grades, all levels. Join any time!

Young Journalist Program – Grade 8-12 – September to June – In-Person

Interested in creating newsworthy podcasts, interviewing interesting people, and writing about what is happening in our city and the world? Get a head start in reporting with our Young Journalist Program headed by Mount Royal Journalism, Professor Patti Edgar. Here you will work on our Zed News YYC website, record podcasts on professional equipment, and learn the art of the interview. Make your voice heard!

Homeschool Classes (Hooked on Writing – Grades 4-7 and The Writes Workshop Grades 7-9) September – December – Online

Get hooked on writing and let your imagination run free! Students will have the opportunity to engage in fun and creative writing activities while focusing on specific skill development. 

Movie Making Club – Grades 8-12 – September to June – In-Person

Filmmaking can be a difficult endeavor, especially when you do it alone. This club will walk you through the many aspects of filmmaking such as equipment use, screenwriting, directing, and film analysis. Make friends with other young filmmakers and work together towards a big final project fit for the big screen.

Pen & Panel Cartooning Club – Grade 6-12 – September – June – In-Person

Play drawing games, improve your art style, learn to make comics both online and on paper,  pitch ideas, plus lots more! Hang out with like-minded artists and comic writers. Work on individual projects or collaborate. Focus on topics that will help you expand your skillset. Suggested Ages 12 and up. September to June, join any time.

Novelmancers Novel Writing Club –  All ages. September – June – In-Person (some online components)

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. 

Rogue Poets Poetry Club – Grades 7-12. September – June – 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.

Dungeons & Dragons Role Playing Game Club –  Grades 5-12. September 2021 – AprilAVAILABLE IN ONLINE AND IN-PERSON VERSIONS

Come on an adventure online solving puzzles, finding traps, battling monsters, and getting treasure with this super popular storytelling game. Whether you know how to play or are totally new to the game, you’re going to have fun! We emphasize teamwork, listening skills, communication, storytelling, and friendship.


Novelmancer write-in – All ages up to 25 years.

Meet on Discord twice a month to work on that novel, play, screenplay, short story collection, graphic novel, or whatever with other young writers. Chill music, chill writing, connectivity. E-mail Kim Firmston for the Discord link –

R.I.W.O. (Reality Is Woefully Obligatory) – Ages 16-25.

Creativity doesn’t stop when the world gets demanding. Meet other young adult creators 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 –


Saturday Evening Meet Ups

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

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.

E-zine (electronic magazine) –

Take part in writing for our E-zine. Four times a year our youth programs come out with an electronic magazine on our website 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.