2016 Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge

In collaboration with the League of Canadian Poets and The City of Calgary, and with the support of Loft 112, the WGA is proud to help promote the 2016 Mayor’s #PoetryCity Challenge! To celebrate National Poetry Month (April) and UNESCO World Poetry Day (March 21), each year municipalities across Canada are challenged to bring poetry into […]

WGA Presents: Wine & Poetry Pairings in Celebration of National Poetry Month (Calgary)

 Wednesday, April 27, 2016—7:30pm
@ Metrovino—722 11 Ave SW Calgary Our legendary wine & literary pairings are back!  Raise your glass to National Poetry Month and hear from seven local poets whose collections will each be paired with a specific wine (…or wildcard beverage) that shares the attributes of the work.  Join us for a creative […]

Alberta Culture & Tourism Budget, 2016

  On April 14, Alberta Culture & Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda announced the 2016-17 provincial budget. AFA funding is going to be kept at its current level of $26.6 million for the upcoming year. The proposed increases to AFA funding have been deferred for the time being until there have been sufficient improvements to Alberta’s financial situation. […]


Friday April 22 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm Latitude 53 (10248 – 106 Street) $15 for members (WGA or Edm Poetry Fest); $25 for Non-members Co-presented with the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Wine and poetry have enjoyed a rich relationship for quite some time. Some might even say it’s a poet’s muse. Describing a wine compares […]

Strawberry Creek Retreat May 4 – 8, 2016

The May Strawberry Creek Retreat has sold out! Registration is now closed. Treat yourself to renewal and writing May 4 – 8, 2016 at the Strawberry Creek Lodge at the WGA’s 2014 Spring Strawberry Creek Retreat! This self-guided retreat is open to participants at any stage of their writing career. Strawberry Creek Lodge is a […]

Drink the Wild Air 2016

      “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson   Date: March 11-13, 2016 Place: Kamp Kiwanis in Bragg Creek, Alberta. Ages: The retreat is for young writers ages 12-19. Cost: $185 (Price includes meals – Friday dinner to lunch on Sunday, overnight accommodations, classes and evening activities.) […]

Countering Violence, Exile, and Injustice (Edmonton)

When: Wednesday, February 24 Where: Stanley Milner Library, Program Room Time: 7:00 pm What: Join Marc Colbourne (Exiled for Love), Gary Garrison (Human on the Inside) and Fahim Hassan (Bangladeshi blogger) in a discussion about writing that speaks the truth of our human condition—writing that exposes our values, our vulnerabilities, and illuminates the balance (or lack there-of) […]

WGA Presents: Grant Writing, Getting Published and Working with Editors (Calgary)

  WGA Presents: Grant Writing, Getting Published and Working with Editors with Author Lee Kvern (incoming WIR Alexandra Writers Centre) and Kelsey Attard (Freehand Books) Tuesday, March 15, 2016
, 7:00pm, 
Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 St SW, Calgary
 Welcome to the WGA’s annual interactive session addressing the practical aspects of the writing life: what makes a literary grant application stand […]

WGA Office Holiday Closure

    WGA Office Holiday Closure The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Edmonton and Calgary offices will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016. Regular business hours will resume on January 4, 2015. The Writers’ Guild of Alberta wishes you the best of the holiday season!

2016 Banff Retreat

Our annual Banff Retreat is on February 5 – 14, 2016, and is now open for registration! This self-guided retreat is a great opportunity to connect with fellow writers and enjoy uninterrupted writing time at The Banff Centre, the world’s largest arts and creativity incubator. Writers at any stage of their career or writing project are […]