The Writers' Guild of Alberta (WGA) was formed in 1980 to provide a meeting ground and collective voice for all the writers of the province. Our members write in every genre and at every level of expertise.
The WGA helps give Alberta writers a sense of unity and community, and is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada.
Some of the programming and services we offer are:
- Develop and offer monthly professional development and social events for members and the public;
- Develop programming for rural communities;
- Host an annual conference;
- Offer a manuscript reading service to provide professional feedback on writers’ works;
- Offer a mentorship program for the development of emerging writers;
- Organize writing retreats, including some with a writer-in-residence;
- Nurture the next generation of writers through youth programs;
- Partner with other provincial and national writers’ organizations to develop additional programs and events;
- Provide administrative assistance to other literary organizations;
- Provide information and resources about writing, publishing, and related topics;
- Provide organizational advice to other members of the literary community, such as librarians and publishers;
- Publish a quarterly magazine (WestWord) and a weekly electronic bulletin (WriteClick);
- Recognize outstanding Alberta literary efforts through the annual Alberta Literary Awards;
- Represent the literary community to various levels of government.
Interested in learning more about our history? The Writers’ Guild of Alberta: The First Thirty Years (1980-2010) is available as a free download.