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Meet the Amazing Yasuko Thanh (WGA Conference Keynote and currently shortlisted for the 2017 First Novel Award)

Meet Yasuko Nguyen Thanh, Canadian novelist and short story writer born to a German mother and a Vietnamese father. At 15, Thanh dropped out of school and lived on the streets. Previous to winning the Journey Prize for her short story Floating Like the Dead in 2009, she earned her living as a busker, opium dealer, cleaner of goat […]

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In Memoriam – Andrew (Andy) E. Michaelson

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of long-time WGA member and friend Andy Michaelson on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Andy is survived by his loving wife, Carol Fergusson. The following is from his online obituary ( Andy had a generous, compassionate heart. He was complex, sometimes difficult, loved conversation, […]

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2017 Alberta Literary Awards Gala

Please join us for the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards Gala on Saturday, June 10, 2017! Time: Cocktails and mingling at 6:30 pm, Buffet dinner at 7:15 pm Place: Maple Leaf Room, Lister Centre, University of Alberta (11613 – 87 Avenue) Dress Code: semiformal/festive attire Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased here.   Our […]

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WGA Annual Conference 2017: Juxtapositions

Conference Schedule and RatesWelcome to the WGA Annual Conference 2017: Juxtapositions! This is where writers from all across Alberta come together to socialize, network, learn, and celebrate writers and writing. We’ve asked over a dozen authors to share their talents and experiences in fiction, short story, poetry, and journalism through keynote speeches, author interviews, panel discussions […]

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Call for Casino Volunteers

Call for Casino Volunteers: August 13 – 14, 2017, Palace Casino (West Edmonton Mall) We are holding our casino August 13 – 14, 2017 at the Palace Casino (West Edmonton Mall) in Edmonton, and we’ll need volunteers to make it a success! Our casinos bring in approximately $80,000 over two years, which goes a long […]

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2017 WGA Golden Pen Award and Youth/Emerging Writing Contest Winners Announced!

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Announces Two Award Recipients 2017 WGA Golden Pen Award The WGA Golden Pen Award is presented to acknowledge the lifetime achievements of an outstanding Alberta writer. Past recipients are Greg Hollingshead, Alice Major, George Melnyk, Fred Stenson, Aritha van Herk, Robert Kroetsch, Merna Summers, Myrna Kostash, Grant MacEwan, W.O. Mitchell, Rudy […]

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WGA Blog: Meet the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize Nominees (Q & A)

Meet Joan Crate! She was born in Yellowknife Northwest Territories and has lived in various towns and cities in B.C., Saskatchewan and Alberta, though Calgary has been her longest place of residence. She taught literature courses and creative writing at Red Deer College for over twenty years and has produced award-winning poetry and prose in that […]

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