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Drink the Wild Air 2021 Now Open for Registration!

March 19 & 20, Online
Cost$140 

Register HERE!

While we wait within our homes
And wintry winds blow through slumbering groves
There is a place both fresh and rare
A place called Drink the Wild Air 

Where friends can come and share their words
And minds and hearts, their voices heard
Though we might not be in person
We’ll have a blast, that much is certain!


Drink the Wild Air is a Creative Writing Retreat for Youth ages 11 – 19. Typically nestled in the gateway to the rocky mountains in Kananaskis country, this year we’ll come together online to take workshops with working professionals, play games, share our stories, our songs, our poems and our art. Join us on March 19 for orientation, and on March 20th for a full day of creative razzmatazz, hijinks, capers, and general hullabaloo. Space is limited, so tell your friends and sign up today! 

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel:You will receive:
On or before Feb. 28, 2021100% of the registration fees refunded
March 1 – March 12, 202150% of the registration fees refunded
After March 12, 2021No refund

The 2021 Team

Colin Matty (Camp Director) is a poet, actor, and storyteller from Edmonton. A founding member of the poetry brothel, alumni of Rapid Fire Theatre, and company member of Malachite Theatre, he has worked with the Writers Guild of Alberta for seven years as the director of WordsWorth and Drink the Wild Air. He streams bedtime stories four times a week at twitch.tv/brotherbedtime, and is the curator of Edmonton’s iconic Poem Shop, where he writes poetry for strangers on the spot with the help of a 1954 Underwood Typewriter.




Erin Emily Ann Vance is the author of the novel Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers (Stonehouse, 2019) and the poetry collections The Sorceress Who Left Too Soon(Coven Editions, 2019) and  A History of Touching (Guernica, 2022). She holds a masters degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and studies Irish Folklore and Ethnology at University College Dublin. Erin teaches a variety of subjects to students of all ages through the Alexandra Writers Centre Society and is co-host of the podcast Femmes Macabres. She lives in rural Alberta with her dog and partner. Find out more: erinvance.ca.







Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer poet & artist. She is the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, and the 2019 Canadian Individual Slam Champion, and the 2021 Regional Writer in Residence with the Strathcona County Library. She is a recipient of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award and the University of Alberta Alumni Award of Excellence. Her debut collection COCONUT is available in April with Newest Press. You can find her at nishapatel.ca. (Photo Credit: Yulia Skogoreva)

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