Who We Are. What We Do.


We support and advocate for all writers and provide opportunities to grow and connect while enriching Alberta’s culture and economy.

What we aspire to be.


A thriving writing community that is diverse, valued, and celebrated.

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) was formed in 1980 to provide a meeting ground and collective voice for all the writers of the province. Our members write in every genre and at every level of expertise.

The WGA helps give Alberta writers a sense of unity and community, and is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada.


The WGA believes that:

  1. The literary arts are essential to the well-being of all individuals, communities and the economy of Alberta;
  2. Working in partnership with other organizations contributes to the quality of life in Alberta;
  3. Networking and collaboration are beneficial to innovation and the creative process;
  4. A safe and welcoming environment is essential for writers to pursue their craft;
  5. Knowledge and ongoing development are fundamental to creative growth.

WGA Operating Principles

The WGA’s operating principles are derived from its mission, values and guiding beliefs, and include the following:

  • Meet the identified needs of the WGA’s membership and allied stakeholders;
  • Reinforce the vital importance of local, community-driven systems for literary arts services;
  • Effectively manage staff, volunteer, and financial resources;
  • Recognize and acknowledge volunteers, donors and sponsors;
  • Pursue open and interactive communications and information networking with its membership and allied stakeholders;
  • Establish positive, respectful relations with provincial government (elected officials, departments and agencies), other provincial organizations, institutions, enterprises and municipalities;
  • Be forward-thinking and flexible, and undertake strategic planning and management;
  • Embrace and utilize technology;
  • Operate with fiscal responsibility, pursue financial sustainability; Develop realistic expectations and undertake regular performance management reviews;

Such operating principles will guide the actions of the WGA Board of Directors and WGA staff, particularly with respect to the internal management and operations of the WGA.

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