In partnership with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) and with the support from the Calgary Foundation, the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society (AWCS) designed Own Voices Alberta to yield new literary works, explore the BIPOC experience, and initiate dialogue that celebrates our diversity and contributes to a deeper understanding of one another. The program offers mentorship, workshops, discussions, networking, public reading opportunities, industry events, and more.
Own Voices Alberta runs from March to July 2021 and is set entirely online, unless otherwise specified for events and activities.
The program reflects AWCS’s advocacy of writing as a form of expression through meaningful engagement of emerging writers within the local BIPOC community. Our hope is to create opportunities for underserved writers, empowering them by supporting their self-determined journey to becoming established members of the literary community.
Mentorship is a significant part of the program. Participants are carefully matched with well-established members of the literary community who can address their specific creative and technical writing goals.
This year’s pairings are:
- Allan B. Rosales will be mentored by Wakefield Brewster
- Kirti Bhadresa will be mentored by Barb Howard
- Monda Mahmoud will be mentored by Pam Clark
- Nicole M’carthy will be mentored by Sam Jones
- Sandro Silva will be mentored by Wendy McGrath
- Vina Nguyen will be mentored by Lee Kvern
Click the tabs to learn more about this year’s Own Voices Alberta participants!