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"The mission of the Writers Guild of Alberta (WGA) is to inspire, connect, support, encourage and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers."

About This Project

We have launched the Writers' Guild of Alberta Endowment Fund with the goal of establishing longevity and future sustainability so we can continue to support Alberta writers. Your donation will help to ensure our financial stability and allow us to maintain our current programs and create new opportunities for our writers.

The WGA supports close to 1,000 members. Our goal for the endowment fund for the 2016/2017 fiscal year is $25,000.

Our programs have helped Alberta writers launch their literary careers and follow their dreams:

“My time with my mentor was nothing short of life-changing. Her criticism, coupled with her wisdom and gentle humor was instrumental in transforming my manuscript from a first draft to an award-winning novel.”
— Ali Bryan, author of Roost and former apprentice of the WGA’s mentorship program

The WGA supports and inspires young writers; participants of the WordsWorth Youth Creative Writing Residency program have said:

“Here I feel very welcome and have the chance to meet some amazing people who share the same passion as me and can teach me to write better.”

“It’s such a wonderful environment. You learn, but it doesn’t feel like school, and every single person here is kind (not to mention talented). Going to WordsWorth is a magical experience.”

The literary community of Alberta embraces both emerging and established writers, and the WGA works towards facilitating these relationships.

“When I first moved to Calgary from the U.S., the WGA introduced me to my new colleagues: an energetic, eclectic, and immensely open literary community. I may not have originally moved here for Alberta’s writing community, but it’s one of the reasons I stay.”
— Julie Sedivy, former president of the WGA and co-author of Sold on Language

The WGA relies heavily on government grants and the generosity of individuals and corporations, all of which can be unpredictable in times of economic uncertainty, potentially jeopardizing our programs and services. The growth of the endowment fund will provide a stable resource of funds regardless of a variable economy; a higher value of the fund provides a higher return.

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The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) was formed in 1980 to provide a meeting ground and collective voice for all the writers of the province. Our members write in every genre and at every level of expertise, and enjoy a wide range of benefits and the opportunity to network with fellow writers.

The WGA helps give Alberta writers a sense of unity and community, and with over 1000 members, it is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada.

We offer opportunities for professional development and networking, including writing retreats, workshops, webinars, youth programs, and conferences. Our website includes podcasts, FAQs on writing and publishing topics, and a blog about the writing life.

We also host the annual Alberta Literary Awards. Created in 1982, these awards recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors.

The WGA replies on the generosity of individuals and sponsors to accomplish our mission. Donating to the WGA directly supports the development of Alberta writers.

Donations can be directed to ongoing program and administrative costs or to the longevity and future sustainability of the organization though the WGA endowment plan.

Please select a link below if you wish to earmark your donation for a specific program. If you wish to donate to a program not listed below, please use the “Choose this cause” button at the bottom of the page and use the Comments field to indicate where you would like your donation to go. You may use the “Choose this cause” button to make a general donation as well.

Please note that all donations made through ATB Cares are anonymous by default. If you wish for your donation to be recognized in the WGA’s donor acknowledgements, please use the optional comments fields to indicate your name and email address when making your donation. We do not have access to names or contact information entered in the fields for your charitable donation tax receipt. Donations made will be forwarded to the WGA on the month after the donation was made.

Please consider donating today and supporting Alberta’s vibrant literary community. The WGA Board of Directors, staff, and our membership thank you for your contributions to the WGA.

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