We host the Writers' Guild of Alberta's Annual General Meeting in conjunction with a conference of day of professional development. Conferences typically include keynote speeches from prominent authors and publishing professionals, panel discussions on issues in the writing world, workshops, networking sessions, and the Alberta Literary Awards Gala. Writers who attend our conferences have excellent experiences for learning, professional growth, and networking.
Our latest conference was held at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary June 3 - 4, 2016. Here's what writers had to say about their experiences:
"As a new member of the WGA, this was my first conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and it was a great way to meet others in the Alberta writing community."
"There were many opportunities to network, to get outside, to chat with different groups. The keynote speakers and the varied topics of the workshops provided many interesting discussion points."
"I had a wonderful day. I loved the venue and services provided. I no longer live in Calgary, so it was great to re-connect with old friends, familiar faces, and make new friends."
"The BEST experience in a workshop EVER! I feel as though doors were opened and [the instructor] provided structure for me to move forward with my poetry with long strides instead of little steps."
Our next conference will be held in Edmonton in June 2017. Due to a decrease in arts funding in Alberta and Canada overall, we need the help of donors more than ever to continue this annual gathering of Alberta writers.
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.
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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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