What We Do

  • 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.