WGA Annual Conference 2021: Re/Orientation

Writers’ Guild of Alberta – 40 Years – Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society

The 2021 Writers’ Guild of Alberta virtual conference, held in partnership with the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, is a unique opportunity to learn and connect on your writer’s journey.


During the main conference, enjoy live sessions with award-winning authors, first-time authors, and panelists.

Learn from publishing professionals and agents, and add to your writer’s toolbox through our workshops on diverse topics covering an array of literature and literary arts: flash fiction, memoir, novel, nonfiction, poetry, film, graphic novel, and spoken word performance poetry.

Keynote presenter, Anthony Doerr, a Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, will appear on Friday May 28th along with Samatha Warwick for an In Conversation. On Saturday May 29th, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (MT), Anthony Doerr will teach a fiction masterclass, hosted by the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society.

Canadian headliners include Giller Prize winner Souvankham Thammavongsa, author of How To Pronounce Knife, Writers’ Trust winner Gil Adamson, author of Ridgerunner, Eden Robinson, author of the Trickster series, Natalie Jenner who penned The Jane Austen Society, and Jen Sookfong Lee

Alberta authors include PJ Vernon, author of Bath Haus, Naomi LewisTiny Lights for Travellers, Micheline Maylor, Calgary’s Poet Laureate Emeritus 2016-18, Joshua Whitehead on speculative fiction, and so many more.


Social opportunities are provided through Connection Cafés, virtual Happy Hour, and Discord.

Connect on social media with hashtags #WGA2021 and #AWCS2021.

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

Details and Prices


Pre-Conference Blue Pencil Sessions, Starting May 21st, 2021
Main Conference: May 28th to May 30th, 2021 (all sessions held online through Zoom and Discord)
Post-Conference Debrief June 17th & June 19th

Registration PackageIncludesWGA MemberNon-MemberStudent
Full Conference Pass Early Bird (available until April 7)All conference activities except Anthony Doerr workshop on Sat.$140.00$175.00$115.00
Full Conference Pass (price in effect after April 7)All conference activities except Anthony Doerr workshop on Sat.$175.00$205.00$135.00

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel:You will receive:
On or before April 30, 2021100% of registration fee refunded minus a nonrefundable $30 administration fee
After April 30, 2021No refund

Please contact us at [email protected] or check our FAQ PAGE if you need clarification on what your registration includes. 


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Our Thanks

Re/Orientation funding from the following:


Re/Orientation promotional materials by Leslie Irvine Design & Marketing.

Thanks to the following for their support:

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