Writers’ Guild of Alberta – 40 Years – Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society
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.
Pre-Conference Blue Pencil Sessions, Starting May 21
Main Conference: May 28 to May 30
Post-Conference Debrief June 10 & June 12
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 Samantha 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 Lewis, Tiny 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.