On January 8, 2018, ten Alberta writers will begin their participation in the WGA’s annual mentorship program. 2018 marks the seventh straight year for the program, which sees emerging writers paired with established Alberta authors to develop the emerging writer’s literary work, and also to provide support and encouragement. This program has seen many of its participants […]

Announcing our 2018 Banff Retreat Writers in Residence

We are happy to announce Lee Kvern and Bradley Somer will be our Writers in Residence at our 2018 Banff Retreat. Lee and Bradley will be available for individual consultations at the retreat. For more information or to register, visit the 2018 Banff Retreat registration page.   Lee Kvern’s short stories from 7 Ways to Sunday have garnered the […]

Spruce Grove Public Library Presents: Genre Jumping with Katherine Koller

Sunday, October 1 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Spruce Grove Public Library Free Spend some time writing with and learning from award-winning playwright and author Katherine Koller: I started writing for radio drama, moved to scripts for the stage, then film, ballet and opera, and finally to fiction, both long and short form, and nonfiction. I […]

WGA ED Carol Holmes Shortlisted for Rozsa Foundation Award

2017 ROZSA AWARD SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED  Celebrating Excellence in Arts Management [September 8th, 2017] The Rozsa Foundation is pleased to announce our shortlist for the 14th Annual Rozsa Award. Congratulations to David Chantler, Founder and Producing Director of Trickster Theatre, Carol Holmes, Executive Director of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, and JP Thibodeau, Managing Artistic Director of StoryBook Theatre. Selected […]

WGA Podcast: Exploring the Relationship Between Canadian Literature and Canadian Identity

Sutina Chou traveled across Canada to collect ways that Canadian identity has impacted Canadian literature, and vice versa. Through interviews with authors, she hoped to contribute more first-hand data to the existing academic literature surrounding the link between literature and identity in a Canadian context. Discover what WGA members had to say in August 2016. […]

2017 WordsWorth Instructors & Courses

We are proud to announce this year’s instructors for Wordsworth 2017. More names and course descriptions will be added as they are confirmed! [tabs style=”default”][tab title=”Brandon Wint”] Week 2 Brandon Wint is an Edmonton-based poet, educator and spoken word artist. For Brandon, the writing and performance of poetry are tools for investigating and embodying his […]

Canada Council Grant Applications Update

The Canada Council New Funding Model (NFM) is in place. The activities Council funded in the past are still eligible in the New Funding Model (NFM). However the manner in which people apply has changed. First, any artist or organization that wishes to apply to Council will need to open an account in the Canada Council portal and create a profile. […]

WGA 2017 Youth/Emerging Writing Contest

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta continues to cultivate connections with emerging writers and the youth writing community of our province. To that end, we are pleased to announce a special youth writing contest, with a $500 prize to be presented at our 2017 Alberta Literary Awards Gala in June. Authors of all entries must be […]

2017 Mentorship Program Participants Announced

The WGA is pleased to announce the the names of the participants in the 2017 Mentorship Program! Congratulations to the following writers, who were chosen by a WGA-appointed jury earlier this month: Marco Melfi (Edmonton) will work with mentor Vivian Hansen (Calgary) on poetry. Sherryl Melnyk (Calgary) will work with mentor Julie Sedivy (Calgary) on […]

2016 Borderlines Writers Circle

Mohamed Abdi is a Somali-Canadian writer, documentary film maker, and essayist in advocacy journalism, with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. He self-published a nonfiction book, The Agony of Somalia’s Civil War, in 2004, and an eBook of short stories titled Mother Somalia: Stories of Hope in 2012. He has contributed many articles written in English […]