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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.)

Because we can’t offer WordsWorth all year long, there’s Drink the Wild Air, a winter youth writing retreat that is a great time to reconnect with the WordsWorth community, make new friends, and, most importantly, write! Time will be spent outdoors!

Drink the Wild Air is a whirlwind weekend of creativity unleashed. Participants will arrive in the evening to the rustic site at Kamp Kiwanis and find themselves surrounded by woods, words, and the weird of the wild. From walks through the snow-covered forest and fireside readings in cozy cabins to inspiring sessions from professional writers, Drink the Wild Air offers an experience like no other to a community of budding creatives that is sure to be a breath of fresh air as winter draws to a close. Join us on our adventure, and see why a taste of wild air keeps people coming back for more! Registration is now open!

But, don’t just take our word for it on how amazing the camps are. Here are some comments from past participants:

  • “I return because I want to continue to learn and grow in my writing skills, and the instructors are so kind it has become a home away from home.”
  • “It is fun & awesome. We do really exciting stuff & it is super happy & stuff. Oh, & it’s, like, writing, so that’s coolness right there.”
  • “I return because everyone here wants to write, they want to play Dungeons & Dragons; they watch every nerdy show under the sun. When people sign up for a class they want to learn about developing a character or how to write a screen play.”
  • “I have so much fun here and so many great friends; everybody is so supportive and it inspires me to continue my writing.”
  • “This is an environment where I’m not afraid to be myself.”

Please visit our registration page. (You will be directed to a payment page after completing the registration form.)

The 2016 Team

Colin Matty is a playwright, poet, performer, and enthusiast of wordplay in all its forms. He first began his journey with WordsWorth and the Writers’ Guild in 2011, and has since come to appreciate the incredible passion and power of the community of young writers it brings together. While not scheming ways to make the experiences at camp even more magical, Colin runs his best ideas through a typewriter and gives them to strangers on the street. This is his second year as camp Director, and he hopes this year’s Drink The Wild Air will be the freshest yet! (Photo Credit: Cory Johnn Photography)

Sebastien RinguetteSebastien Ringuette is a British/French-Canadian crossbreed that successfully reached maturity in the harsh (although friendly) climate of Western Canada. He is a cartoonist, author, artist-in-residence at Calgary schools and takes every chance he can get to teach those very practices to kids and teens in lieu of useful skills like farming or pipe fitting. This is Sebastien’s second year being involved in Drink the Wild Air and he has found it to be the absolute best thing to ever happen to March. He is trying really hard to be funny pretty much all the time and considers making people smile the second best thing ever, right after oxygen. Find Sebastien at

Jamie Lewis was born and raised in Central Alberta, spent a couple of years in Edmonton, and is now living in Lethbridge. She attended WordsWorth from 2005 to 2014, and has participated in National Novel Writing Month since 2006. Her greatest passion is novel writing, but she also enjoys creating visual art, traveling, singing, and songwriting. She is currently working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Lethbridge, with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Religious Studies. This will be her first year as a creative team member at Drink the Wild Air, and she is rather concerned about how she will be able to keep her excitement in check until March.

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