Westword Covers Archive

The first WGA Newsletter was Volume 1, Number 1, printed in December, 1980. Through the years, the look and style of that newsletter has evolved into the WestWord we know today.  Below is an archive covers of those earlier newsletters, showing how WestWord has changed. Click the tabs to see covers by year and click the images to enlarge! […]

WGA Conference 2024 – No Place Like Home (June 7-9)

00Days 00Hours 00Minutes 00Seconds No Place Like Home WGA Annual Conference 2024 Alberta can oftentimes feel like a land of dichotomies: polarized views on culture, politics, and the economy are just some of the ways in which we differ. But for all of our differences, there is always a resounding sense of community here, especially […]

CONTROVERSY @ NOON: Rejection: “Frame” or Reframe? (Online, May 29)

CONTROVERSY @ NOON: Rejection: “Frame” or Reframe? Wednesday, May 2912 – 1 PM MDT, Online Free As writers, we are told that rejection, a lot of rejection – most likely – is par for the course. Some of us cope by making light of the situation, framing rejection letters and showcasing them on an office wall or […]


Calling all champions of creativity and storytelling! Help us ignite the spark of imagination in young artists by supporting our Youth Programming! Your generous donations can make a world of difference by funding bursaries that empower kids to attend WordsWorth. WordsWorth is a week-long sleepover creative writing residency for young artists who believe in the […]


CONTROVERSY @ NOON: Ageism in the Industry Wednesday, April 2412 – 1 PM MDT, Online Free Does bias exist in the literary world where age is concerned? Writing is hard enough in the first place, do writers also have to worry about the continued relationship with their publisher, agent, readers, and other writers in the industry as […]

2024 Alberta Literary Awards Finalists Announced!

2024 Alberta Literary Awards Finalists Announced! The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is excited to announce the finalists for the 2024 Alberta Literary Awards. Each year, the Alberta Literary Awards celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors. The WGA would like to send our congratulations to those whose work is among this year’s finalists! We […]

Tell Us About Your 2024 Books

We would love to know what our members are publishing in 2024! If you have a book slated for publication in 2024 and would like to tell us about it, please do so via the form below. All books by WGA members that are commercially available in 2024 are welcome, including self-published and ebook or […]

Controversy @ Noon: Extended Edition (March 27th)

Controversy @ Noon: Extended EditionInk Wars: Out With The Old And In With The New? Wednesday, March 27th, 12 – 1:15 PM (Online)Pay what you can Panelists: Kenneth Williams, Michaela Jeffrey, and Amiel Gladstone! By capitalizing on the virality of views and clicks on social media platforms, do emerging playwrights and writers have more opportunity […]