Executive DirectorCarol Holmes
 Carol has an extensive history of working in the arts in a variety of capacities including director, manager, and festival producer.  She has worked with the WGA since 2008. Prior to that she was the director of literary arts and international agreements at The Banff Centre.  Carol is a keen advocate for the arts and enjoys working on development, creation, and the launch of new initiatives that meet the needs of the writing community.

Operations Manager/Program Coordinator

Giorgia Severini


Giorgia has been with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta since 2008 and has spent the time gathering information and developing resources to best serve Alberta writers. She has a BA Honours in English from the University of Manitoba and an MA in Drama from the University of Alberta. Outside of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, she has been a theatre director for more than a decade and a playwright in recent years. Her first original play, Going Viral, was produced at the Edmonton Fringe Festival in 2010.

Program and Events CoordinatorJason Lee Norman
 Jason was born and raised on the shores of the mighty North Saskatchewan. He received a Bachelor of Arts (English) degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Since returning home from studying in the UK Jason has worked tirelessly to create new opportunities and projects that showcase local writers. He was the publisher behind the 40 Below winter anthologies, currently publishes Monto Books and edits the new Edmonton literary journal Funicular Magazine. He mainly writes short fiction and hilarious tweets these days.
Program Director (Calgary)Samantha Warwick
 Samantha manages WGA events and programs in Calgary. She is the author of the novel Sage Island, and her nonfiction and poetry have been broadcast on CBC Radio and appeared in various literary and commercial publications including Geist, Event, The Globe & Mail and FASHION. She has directed over 200 of the WGA's Calgary-based events, programs and conferences since 2005. When she is not writing, hosting literary events or coaching swimming, she walks the city with her tiny dog Lulu, reads many books, keeps warm in hot yoga and builds fires at a cabin in the woods | 
Communications and Partnerships CoordinatorEllen Kartz

Born and raised in Edmonton, Ellen lived in Calgary for four years while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree. Subsequently, she completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She tutored other students to pay her way through university and has also taught guitar; she has played the instrument since she was 12 years old. As an active writer and freelance editor throughout her career, Ellen worked with and for the Edmonton Poetry Festival for many years as a volunteer coordinator, event planner, founding member, and board member. She says that she is thrilled and excited to come to the Writers' Guild of Alberta after all of her other literary and artistic endeavours.

Member Services CoordinatorMike Maguire
 Mike was born in Ontario but has lived most of his life in Alberta. He has a Bachelor of Communication Studies from MacEwan University; as part of his degree he interned at the Writers’ Guild of Alberta over the summer in 2016 and is delighted to return to the WGA. Mike has written short fiction that appeared in the first and second volumes of MacEwan University’s Bolo Tie Anthology, as well as short nonfiction pieces for the popular game Dungeons and Dragons that appear on the web site Dungeon Masters Guild.