WGA Conference 2018: REFINING OUR NARRATIVES
How does our current environment--political, cultural, ecological and psychological--affect the role of the writer? Writers are questioners. Writers explore. We adjust focus to pinpoint the right aspect that will produce clarity and refine perspective. Our medium is words. Join us in June as we examine critical thinking and creativity, political writing and opinion pieces, writing through difficult times (and subjects)--and much more!
Conference and AGM June 1 - 3, 2018
Alberta Literary Awards Gala June 2, 2018
In 2016, she won a National Newspaper Award for long feature writing for a story about her experience as a young widow in the aftermath of her husband’s death. She is the recipient of two Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Awards and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.
A graduate of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and the London School of Economics, Christina is always happier outside than at her desk. She’s a runner, a hiker, a cyclist — although she recently broke her hand while walking with an armload of books.
Lee’s work has been published in the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. She has served as Visiting Canadian Fellow for the University of East Anglia, as well as Writer-in-Residence for Historic Joy Kogawa House, the City of Richmond and the Ville de Vincennes, France. A dedicated creative writing teacher, Nancy has taught fiction writing to students of all ages and backgrounds in Canada, the U.K. and France, and now holds the position of Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She is also the co-creator of the popular three-part EdX online education series, “How to Write a Novel”.
Described by The Vancouver Sun as, “utterly transfixing”, Lee’s latest book, The Age, is a novel about adolescence, sexual identity and nuclear war.
He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is an alumnus of the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Vigna has served as an adjudicator for the CBC Literary Awards, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and BC Book Prizes and Alberta Literary Awards. He’s an Instructor (tenure-track) in the UBC Creative Writing program.
In her poems, Wilson uses personal narrative to address themes of personal story, social justice, lost languages, bullying, violence against women and the earth.
In 2017, she received her Doctor of Letters—Honoris Causa from Kwantlen University, after launching her new collection of poetry entitled, The Book of Sensations (U of C Press), and a full-length CD with poetry and music called Dragon Rouge.
Her tenth collection of poetry, Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women; was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award & CanLit. Her collection, Re:Zoom (2005), won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She was editor of the celebrated, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach.
Recipient of: 2017 Honorary Doctorate * 2015 City of Calgary Arts Award * 2015 Writer-In-Residence (Kwantlen University) * 2013 CBC Top 10 Poets in Canada * 2009 Ted Talk * 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry * 2005 SpoCan Poet of Honour * People's Choice * 2006 Woman of Vision * 5 Rosies * 2003 USA Heavyweight Title * 5 Jessie Nominations * Ace Award.
Her work has received national and international acclaim with such honours as a 2013 feature interview with Canadian icon Shelagh Rogers, a 2012 article in Chatelaine Magazine, a 2012 TED Talk, and the subject of a half-hour documentary called Heart of a Poet. In 2009 she was named one of the top ten poets in Canada by CBC. sheridwilson.com
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.
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."
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.
Our equity committee is working on a more comprehensive statement on inclusivity.
The WGA is grateful to the following: