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Writers’ Guild of Alberta Annual Conference 2022 – Shifting Creative Gears

2022 Conference Shifting Creative Gears

Our WGA 2022 Conference: Shifting Creative Gears, is scheduled for June 3 – 5, 2022. After two years of trying new digital programs to adapt our literary world to the pandemic, we are now looking at how our creative lives might shift going forward—perhaps we won’t return to “normal,” but instead take the things we learned during the pandemic to create a new vision of the literary world for the future.
 
In the spirit of shifting gears, we are planning a hybrid format for this year’s conference, offering online programming on all three days plus select in-person activities in four Alberta hubs. Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, and Fort McMurray will each receive an in-person writing workshop which will also be streamed for online participants, a networking activity, and a group writing critique session on Saturday, June 4. Many online workshops, panels, keynotes, networking sessions, and group critique sessions will be available.

Your conference registration includes access to all activities June 3 – 5. You may attend any of the in-person hubs plus any of the online activities, or attend online activities only.

All registrants will receive access to recorded sessions for a limited time following the conference.

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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: