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Writers’ Guild of Alberta Annual General Meeting plus Golden Pen Award Ceremony & Chawkers Foundation Presentation

Saturday, September 24, 2022
Online and in-person at the Calgary Public Library 
Central Branch, (800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB)

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

  • 2:00 – 3:30 – AGM
  • 3:30 – 4:00 – Coffee Break
  • 4:00 – 5:30 – Golden Pen and Chawkers Foundation Presentation. (In-person – award presentations will be followed by book signing and refreshments until 5:30)

VENUE DETAILS:

  • Public transit provides easy access to the library. Paid parking is available on the east side of the building. (Keep your receipt in case you receive a ticket.)
  • Once inside, head left into the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall. For those with mobility concerns, there is accessible seating at the top of the theatre adjacent to the atrium.
  • Refreshments will be available in the atrium adjacent to the Performance Hall following the AGM, before the award ceremony. Restrooms may be found by returning to the main entrance then heading north, past the elevators.


The AGM is free and open to all WGA members in good standing. 

If you are a member and wish to attend the AGM, please RSVP by Friday, September 16.

To confirm your attendance, RSVP using the registration form below.

In the event you are not able to attend the AGM, you may assign your vote to a proxy, another member who may vote on your behalf. Proxy assignments must be submitted to the WGA in writing by September 12th using this form. Verbal proxy assignments are not valid.

Board nominations and seconding motions may be put forth at the AGM by WGA members who are in good standing with the consent of the nominee

Golden Pen Award Ceremony & Chawkers Foundation Presentation

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Following the AGM, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta will present the 2022 Golden Pen Lifetime Achievement Award to this year’s recipient, Chris Wiseman.

Following the Golden Pen Award, Will Ferguson will host the Chawkers Foundation Grant Presentation with recipient, Noreen Olson. She will be signing copies of her book, Love and Kisses in the atrium after the presentation. Refreshments will be provided.





AGM Package

 

2022 WGA AGM RSVP Form




WGA Annual Conference


Why Attend a WGA Conference?

We know that a writer needs to reflect, imagine, try things out, listen, go deep, get into flow--be in solitude. But writers also need time and space to meet one another, share experiences and knowledge, meet with an editor to see if they're on the right track, and to grow professionally. This is what our conference offers. We make every effort to plan relevant professional development sessions, engaging keynote speakers, and time for welcoming and celebrating writers. We'd love to have you as part of our Alberta writing community.

Testimonials

Here is what our attendees have said:

Being around other writers gives me energy and refocuses me. Gets me back on track about my own writing. Gives me new ideas, new contacts and brings me up to date with what's happening in the literary world. i.e.... I didn't know there was a 'one page novel!"

It is a wonderful way to network with fellow writers in the writing community."

It is the place where we put dimension to our online contacts and studies in the literary arts. It is where we re-assert our identity as writers."

It's a wonderful weekend of community, something we all need once in a while. The WGA has many different members' opinions and tastes to attend to, and the conference manages to cover a pretty good range of them. Plus, WGA members and conference speakers all seem open and friendly to meeting new-to-them writers. It's a great chance to build one's community and resource bank."

The blue pencil alone was worth the price of admission for me. The wordplay and keynote speech were also good information and a lot of fun. I think writers can learn a lot and have fun with these kinds of formats."

If you belong to an organization, you don't get much value for your membership fee if you don't take part. And the annual conference is the best way of taking part in a whole lot of things in one swoop."

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Inclusivity

The WGA conference is open to all adult and young adult writers. We make an effort to cover a wide range of topics relevant to contemporary writers, and to hold our meetings in accessible venues.

 

Sponsors

The WGA is grateful to the following: