Events Archive

EPL and Capital City Press Present: 2019 City of Edmonton Book Prize Nominees

Thursday, May 9, 2019 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

EPL, Capilano Branch
9915 67 Street NW

What goes into writing an award-worthy book? Hear from the 2019 nominees for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize—Carissa Halton, Alice Major, and Kelly Shepherd—about their writing practices and what it means to write place. This panel will be hosted by Writer in Residence Matthew Stepanic with an audience Q&A to follow.
Full details HERE.
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(YEG) Mentorship Celebration

Mentorship Program Celebration. Saturday, May 4. 7:30pm
Acadia Room at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel (10155 105st)


Join us as we celebrate the completion of another fruitful and inspiring WGA mentorship program. Six emerging writers and their mentors will share with friends, family, and guests the projects they’ve been working on for the last four months. Each writer will be introduced by their mentor and then do a short reading. All are welcome to attend to help us applaud these amazing writers and this wonderful WGA program.

Apprentices: Jeremy Bibaud, Ethan Collister, Kim Mannix, Angela Waldie, Kate Rittner Werkman.

Mentors: Kimmy Beach, Myrl Coulter, Betty Jane Hegerat, Richard Kemick, Susie Moloney, Rosemary Nixon.


Free to attend
Light refreshments provided

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WGA at PoFest: Let Us Compare Mythologies – Digital Tools for Poets

Wednesday April 24, 2019
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Matrix Hotel
10640 – 100 Avenue

How do you harness the power of social media and other digital tools to reach a wider audience? What platforms should you invest your time in to engage with your audience? How can your digital presence help you make a good impression on publishers, producers and potential collaborators? How long does it take to make those efforts pay off? And how do you make sure all of this doesn’t suck your time away and drain you of the creativity that feeds your art? We will explore all of this and more with four digitally savvy creators whose experience is applicable to a poet’s work.

Featuring: Alexis Hillyard, Michael B. MacDonald, Galen Scorer, Titilope Sonuga, & Karen Unland

Presented in partnership with the Edmonton Poetry Festival

Read more HERE 

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WGA at the Metro – Al Purdy Was Here

Tuesday, April 23
7:00 pm
Metro Cinema, 8712 109 St.

For National Poetry Month we celebrate the poet who put the country of Canada into words like no other has before or since. The boxcar riding, beer drinking, A-Frame building, booming voiced, lanky, obstreperous Al Purdy. Features live performances by Kat Cameron, Jason Lee Norman and Thomas Trofimuk as musicians and artists come together to tell the tale of Al Purdy. Glass Bookshop will be selling books in the lobby.


Get tickets HERE.


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WGA Annual Conference: Writing Across Worlds

Our 2019 writers’ conference, Writing Across Worlds, will be held June 7 – 9 at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel. Themes will explore literary works that cross forms, genres, and cultures, as well as how storytelling is crossing into new realms—from the digital sphere to the sleeves of our coffee cups—and into the psychological space of our daily routines. We will offer keynote lectures, panel discussions, networking and social opportunities, and individual workshops devoted to creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and speculative fiction. All writers from across the province and beyond are welcome to register. Three spotlight presenters include Griffin-nominated poet and novelist Ian Williams, (Reproduction, Penguin Random House, 2019), accomplished author Larissa Lai (The Tiger Flu, Arsenal Pulp, 2018), and Senior Agent with the Transatlantic Agency, Carolyn Forde. Before her current role with Toronto-based Transatlantic, Carolyn was an agent and International Rights Director at Westwood Creative Artists for 14 years. 

Our full schedule of sessions and presenters are currently showcased HERE.

Details and Prices

Writing Across Worlds
June 7 – 9, 2019
Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, 10155 105 St NW, Edmonton, AB

Registration PackageIncludesWGA MemberNon-MemberStudent
Full Conference Pass Early Bird (available February 19 – April 15)Conference activities June 7 – 9 (excludes Gala June 8)$175.00$250.00$100.00
Full Conference Pass (price in effect after April 15)Conference activities June 7 – 9 (excludes Gala June 8)$220.00$300.00$100.00
Friday OnlyFriday evening June 7 only$25.00$25.00$25.00
Saturday OnlyConference activities June 8 only (excludes Gala)$120.00$160.00$60.00
Sunday OnlyConference activities June 9 only$120.00$160.00$60.00
Alberta Literary Awards GalaGala Evening June 8$75.00$75.00$75.00

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel:You will receive:
On or before May 7, 2019100% of the registration fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $30 administration fee
May 8 – May 24, 201950% of the registrations fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $30 administration fee
After May 24, 2019No refund

Please visit our Conference and Gala FAQ if you need clarification on what your registration includes.


Register Now 

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WGA Casino & Volunteer Call

We are holding our casino June 2 – 3, 2019 at the Starlight 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 way in helping the WGA provide programs and services.

We are currently scheduling volunteers! WGA members are required for key positions, but others may be filled by anyone, so please share our call far and wide. We need at least five key positions filled by April 1, so early signups are greatly appreciated.

We’re using to organize our casino volunteers. Position descriptions, shift times, and positions we still need to fill are available through Here’s how it works in three easy steps:

  1. Visit this link for our page on
  2. Review the options listed and choose your preferred volunteer shift.
  3. Sign up! You will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

All volunteers will get a free meal, coffee, tea, and snacks from the casino, and we will reimburse transportation if needed. Out-of-town volunteers are also welcome and will have accommodations at the Fantasyland Hotel covered. does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact us at [email protected] and we will sign you up manually.

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(YEG) Afternoon with the Authors

An Afternoon with the Authors – shortlisted authors reading event

Sunday, May 5, 2:00 pm
Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Ave. Edmonton, AB

In Celebration of the shortlisted authors for the Alberta Literary Awards and City of Edmonton Book Prize and their works. Join us for this free event that welcomes the authors to read from their nominated pieces. Collin Doyle, Fran Kimmel, Shawna Lemay, Kelly Shepherd, Alice Major, Thomas Wharton, Nhung Tran-Davies, Leslie Greentree and more.
Free to attend. Light refreshments provided



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(YYC) Invisible – In Conversation w/ Borderlines Writers Circle

March 21, 2019 | 7pm | cSpace King Edward | 4th Floor, Treehouse
1721, 29th Ave SW

FREE EVENT (Please RSVP in Facebook Event or by email to [email protected])

How does it feel to be a Canadian immigrant and get your story heard in the current literary landscape? What barriers are faced in connecting to this new community? Join the Alexandra Writers Centre Society, in partnership with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, and our Borderlines Writers Circle Calgary participants for an intimate evening of conversation to encourage dialogue and understanding in our local community. What changes need to be made and from where do these changes need to initiate? Let’s start breaking down those barriers.

Host/Moderator, Kim Jev

Special thanks to The Calgary Foundation for their financial support.


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(YEG) Reading as Place- Multilingual Poetry

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Action for Healthy Communities Society of Edmonton
#100, 10578 113 St

Multilingual Poetry Reading on Amiskwaciwâskahikan

Join AHC Artist in Residence Luciana Erregue – as she reads along with her multilingual writer friends Yasser Abdel-Latif, Lisa Dublin, Shimelis Gebremichael, Mila Bongco-Philipzig, Leilei Chen

Family Friendly – Light Refreshments will be served

Contact [email protected] for more info.

Featuring past participants of the Borderlines Writers Circle!

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Workshop (Fort McMurray) – Finding the Words: Writing About the Fort McMurray Wildfire

Finding the Words: Writing About the Fort McMurray Wildfire will help any new writer navigate
the first steps in the writing process. This free, limited seating workshop for new writers is
custom-designed with practical tips and inspiration to help you commit to your writing in a
judgement-free environment.

Saturday April 6, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
in the Syncrude Program Room Fort at the McMurray Regional Library in Macdonald Island Park

Limited seats are available and pre-registration is required. Register online

Presented by local author Therese Greenwood and free of charge thanks to the generosity of
the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the Wood Buffalo Arts Council, and The Wood Buffalo Regional


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