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The WGA and Horizons Writers Circle Present: Literary Festivals 101

Literary Festivals 101 Thursday, November 18, 2021.6:30 MST, Free REGISTER HERE The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is hosting the first panel of their new 101 Series on all things literary. Four female festival directors from across Canada, Amanda Leduc, from The FOLD Festival, Charlene Diehl from Winnipeg’s Thin Air Festival, Fawnda Mithrush from LitFest YEG, and […]

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2022 Alberta Literary Awards Now Open for Submissions!

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2022 Alberta Literary Awards. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories. This year, we are pleased to announce two new book prizes: the Short Story Collection Award and the Memoir Award. The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary […]

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5th Annual Kemosa Scholarship Now Open for Submissions!

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta and Nhung Tran-Davies are happy to announce the launch of the 5th Annual Kemosa Scholarship for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Mothers Who Write!Author Jeananne Kirwin is back again this year to share the vision of effecting positive changes in our community through stories.Because of the generosity of our sponsors, we will award three […]

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Call for WGA Virtual Writer-in-Residence

Deadline: November 12 The Writers’ Guild of Alberta invites all those qualified to apply for the position of Virtual Writer-in-Residence. This program provides WGA members access to the services of a Virtual Writer-in-Residence, with priority given to those who cannot access one elsewhere. The position will begin in January and end in May, with an […]

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WGA Announces New Mary Bell Scholarship

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is thrilled to announce the new Mary Bell Scholarship, which honours a writer, sister, and dear friend who passed away from COVID in December 2020. In alignment with the way in which writing became a significant part of Mary’s life, this scholarship is offered to support one professional one-to-one mentorship […]

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2022 WGA Mentorship Program Now Open for Applications

2022 Mentorship Program Now Open for Applications The Mentorship Program is an initiative of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta designed to help promising emerging writers make the transition to the next stage of their careers. The program will take place from January through April 2022. We will accept up to eight apprentices to work with mentors this year, […]

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In Memoriam – Doug Barbour

Photo Credit: University of Alberta The WGA is deeply saddened by news of the death of Edmonton poet, professor, critic, and publisher Douglas Barbour. A prominent member of the Alberta literary community, Doug served on the board of directors for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta as a member at large from 1981 to 1983. He […]

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – 30 September, 2021

The Government of Canada recently passed the legislation marking September 30 as a day to recognize and commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. We have compiled the following list of resources and sites with suggested reading. We encourage you to check out these resources, […]

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New Online Writers Group for Calgary and Southern Alberta

New online writers’ group! CalgaryWrites, on Discord. This group is only for WGA members who live in and around Calgary, as well as Southern Alberta. CalgaryWrites is an online group utilizing Discord. There is no physical location to meet at the moment, and the online format allows members to join regardless of location, from Red […]

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