WGA Annual Conference 2023 – Origins: A Return to Networking, Publishing, Genre, and Craft
June 2 – 4, 2023
Online and In-Person at
Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Origin is defined as the point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived, but what does that mean for a writer?
The WGA looks forward to facilitating a return to networking, publishing, genre, and craft in another hybrid-focused conference. Our hope is that participants are able to make new connections, foster old ones, and network with other writers and industry professionals over the course of an entire weekend. We look forward to presenting panels, workshops, and masterclasses that will allow literary folks to delve into a plethora of themes and genres.
As writers we have the ability to examine alter egos, create and destroy worlds, and establish origin stories for ourselves — and for our characters — when and where we see fit. Let’s explore these ideas and more, in-person and/or virtually, from June 2 – 4 at Fort Calgary. Spotlight speakers include Alice Major and Waubgeshig Rice, who will be joining us in-person for keynotes on Friday and Saturday, respectively, and Emily St. John Mandel, who will be joining us virtually on Sunday for an in-conversation chat to discuss craft and her novel, The Sea of Tranquility (Random House, 2022).
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.
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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.