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.
Natalie Cook joined the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 2012, having worked previously in government and non-government communications. She has a Master's degree in English from the University of Alberta. She currently plans monthly social and literary events, coordinates the Mentorship Program, organizes juries for the Alberta Literary Awards, and plans the celebration gala at which those awards are presented. She has been a volunteer for CKUA Radio, Habitat for Humanity, and Wellspring Edmonton. Natalie considers it a privilege to serve the writing community in Alberta.
Julie C. Robinson has been part of the Edmonton writing community since 1999, volunteering with both the Stroll of Poets and the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Most recently, she was a 2015 artist-in-residence at Robertson-Wesley United Church where she led writing workshops for the Spiritual Arts Collective program. Her poems have appeared in literary journals and on-line literary sites. Her first book of poetry, Jail Fire (BuschekBooks, 2013) is an exploration of the life and work of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry. She teaches creative writing at MacEwen University's School of Continuing Education and The King’s University. Julie is very pleased to be working part-time at the Writers' Guild of Alberta.
Program Director (Calgary Office) & WGA Blog
Samantha’s first novel, Sage Island, was released in 2008 with Brindle & Glass. Her nonfiction and poetry have been broadcast on CBC Radio and appeared in various literary and commercial publications including The Globe & Mail and FASHION. She was the official Wordfest blogger for 2013, and has directed over 200 of the WGA's Calgary-based events, programs and conferences since 2005. When she is not writing or planning literary events, Samantha coaches Calgary’s LGBTQ Master’s swim team, Different Strokes. Visit her website at samanthawarwick.com.
Communications and Partnerships Coordinator
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 Coordinator
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.