Conference & AGM


Writers’ Guild of Alberta – 40 Years – Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society

2021 Conference Re/Orientation

The 2021 Writers’ Guild of Alberta virtual conference, held in partnership with the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, is a unique opportunity to learn and connect on your writer’s journey.


During the main conference, enjoy live sessions with award-winning authors, first-time authors, and panelists.

Learn from publishing professionals and agents, and add to your writer’s toolbox through our workshops on diverse topics covering an array of literature and literary arts: flash fiction, memoir, novel, nonfiction, poetry, film, graphic novel, and spoken word performance poetry.

Keynote presenter, Anthony Doerr, a Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, will appear on Friday May 28th along with Samatha Warwick for an In Conversation. On Saturday May 29th, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (MT), Anthony Doerr will teach a fiction masterclass, hosted by the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society.

Canadian headliners include Giller Prize winner Souvankham Thammavongsa, author of How To Pronounce Knife, Writers’ Trust winner Gil Adamson, author of Ridgerunner, Eden Robinson, author of the Trickster series, Natalie Jenner who penned The Jane Austen Society, and Jen Sookfong Lee

Alberta authors include PJ Vernon, author of Bath Haus, Naomi LewisTiny Lights for Travellers, Micheline Maylor, Calgary’s Poet Laureate Emeritus 2016-18, Joshua Whitehead on speculative fiction, and so many more.


Social opportunities are provided through Connection Cafés, virtual Happy Hour, and Discord.

Connect on social media with hashtags #WGA2021 and #AWCS2021.

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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.




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.



The WGA is grateful to the following: