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When employment/contract opportunities arise, the WGA is dedicated to selecting authors from across the province using fair and transparent methods. We take care and attention to represent various communities, cultures, genders, ages, and experiences from across the province when a position becomes available. In all offers of contracts/employment, we will give preference to WGA members.



The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) invites applications from post-secondary students interested in meeting writers, promoting literary works by Albertans, and gaining experience in arts administration.

The mission of the WGA is to inspire, connect, support, encourage and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.

The Program Assistant will work closely with WGA program coordinators on various projects that include administration, writing, editing, videography, video editing, event planning, and design work using Adobe Creative Cloud.

Main tasks:

  • Assist with the implementation of our annual conference and literary awards gala
  • Aid in the organization of literary arts events
  • Create a brochure of shortlisted and winning authors
  • Correspond with publishers and/or writers
  • Aid with writing and editing tasks as necessary


  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident, residing in Edmonton
  • Currently attending post-secondary school and will be returning full time in the fall
  • Good writing skills and facility with the English language
  • Some digital media skills


  • This is a full time position (35 hours/wk) for 16 weeks
  • Hourly wage is $17.00 per hour

Application deadline: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Please send resumé and cover letter to [email protected] or by mail to

Writers’ Guild of Alberta
11759 Groat Road
Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6


WordsWorth 2017 Workshop Instructor
Deadline: April 15

The Program: WordsWorth is a creative writing residency program for youth that operates out of Kamp Kiwanis near Bragg Creek from July 8th to July 29th. The program is divided into 3 weeks:

July 9 – 14: Ages 12-14
July 16 – 21: Ages 15-19
July 23 – 29: Ages 14-19

Duties: Instructors are responsible for leading a workshop that spans the week – five 90 minute classes that build from one to the next. Class sizes will be approximately 10-15 students. Beyond this, participation in other camp affairs is strongly encouraged. While lodging on site is not required, the community at WordsWorth thrives outside of the classrooms, and the presence of mentors during meal times and other activities contributes greatly to its atmosphere.

Qualified applicants should be working professionals or students of creative writing, or those who practice in another field, creative or otherwise, that can use its practices as a means to explore creative writing. Fields other than creative writing could include anything from clowning, dance, or painting to martial arts, the trades, photography, etc. - so long as the class fosters the exploration of the written word. Applicants must demonstrate a high level of competence in their chosen craft, as well as enthusiasm and aptitude for mentoring youth in a summer camp setting. Applicants are asked to respond to Camp Director Colin Matty ([email protected]) by April 15, 2017 with the following:

  1. A CV or resume of applicable credits and experience
  2. A cover letter detailing why you want to work at WordsWorth, what you believe you could contribute, and an idea of what you might teach.
  3. Availability and week preference.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Digital Sound Design Coordinator

The WGA is currently seeking a student to edit podcasts. The application must go through SCiP. Below is a detailed description of the position:

The Digital Sound Design Coordinator will assist with the creation of a podcasting plan, organizational branding in podcasting, and will lead post-production editing.

This role will include:

  • consultation with program coordinators
  • envisioning podcast production schedule
  • editing podcasts

Time commitment is various, December through August, with a maximum of 60 hours.

The position is ideal for someone with an interest in radio/broadcasting and post-production sound design.

Ideal for someone with course work in:

  • Communications
  • Digital Arts

Some specialized skills required:

  • Familiarity with Audacity, Audition, or other audio editing software.

What we will accomplish at the end of the Internship:

  • The hope is to have 4 - 8 finished podcasts within internship time-frame.
  • Create good-quality podcasts with organizational branding.

To view the internship on SCiP visit


Recurring Positions

WGA-Selected Positions

Please note that the following positions below are not application based but WGA-selected, subject to criteria and funding. Further opportunities are posted above and in WriteClick. 

  • Award Juries: Jury selection endeavors to employ writers and other literary people who have experience and expertise with particular categories of writing. Having representation from different parts of the province is important to us. Every jury for the Alberta Literary Awards includes one out-of-province person.
  • Monthly Event Presenters: We count on the expertise of our staff, who plan the monthly events in Calgary and Edmonton, to keep track of who has been featured in the past, who has new books out, who is on tour, and who works around a certain theme. Our staff is also responsible for balancing the budget, and consideration of this often comes into play during the selection process. This is also the case with smaller conferences.
  • Annual Conference Presenters: Our large conferences offer a broader range of positions and, as such, we post a call for submissions. The WGA also leaves room for hand-selected authors who would like to be seen by the community and who may be sponsored or already on tour.