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Drink the Wild Air 2022 – March 18-20

March 18 – 20, Online
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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 18th for orientation, and on March 19th and 20th for a weekend of creative razzmatazz, hijinks, capers, and general hullabaloo.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel:You will receive:
On or before Feb. 28, 2022100% of the registration fees refunded
March 1 – March 11, 202250% of the registration fees refunded
After March 11, 2022No refund

The 2022 Team

COLIN MATTY (Camp Director) has been with the Writer’s Guild of Alberta since 2012, becoming the Director of Drink the Wild Air and WordsWorth in 2015. He is the author of three plays, two sketch comedies, and thousands of poems. Colin has tread the boards of festivals and competitions from Victoria to Montreal and is an accomplished creator, performer and educator in the fields of theatre, poetry, and improvisation. His work has a strong focus on playful discovery and aims to foster the joy that comes with engaging the creative powers that lie latent within us all.

NISHA PATEL is an award-winning disabled queer poet & artist. She was the City of Edmonton’s 8th Poet Laureate, and a Canadian Individual Slam Champion. Her debut collection, COCONUT (NeWest Press) is out. She has two short collections forthcoming in 2022: Not a Disorder (Gap Riot Press) and Patient+ (Gutslut Press). 

Her poetry speaks to themes of disability and equity, racism, and identity, focusing strongly on her struggles and triumphs as a woman of colour navigating oppressive realities. She works towards the goal of building a stronger artistic community through living in her truth. You can find her at

SADIE MACGILLVRAY was born and raised in Iron River, AB. They love being outside and soaking in all of the sounds and sights that nature has to offer and uses that time to come up with new project ideas as well to sneakily photograph everything that catches their eye. Sadie also enjoys taking time out of their day to learn interesting facts, watch anime, play as many Legend of Zelda games they can get their hands on, as well as sit down and work on the multitude of projects (resin art, cross stitch, knitting, painting, screenplays, poetry, sewing, etc.) they have scattered around their house. Sadie has a Professional Communications degree from MacEwan University, and is a few steps closer to becoming a book editor. Although, going back to school for a teaching degree in English or drama is definitely on the table.

Sadie has decided that even though there technically isn’t enough time in each day to do everything they want to do, they are going to try to fit it all in anyway! Stay awesome and weird <3

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