Scholarships and Bursaries via THE WRITERS' GUILD OF ALBERTA

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Scholarships and Bursaries via THE WRITERS' GUILD OF ALBERTA

"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

The Writers' Guild of Alberta strives to make our program accessible to writers all across the province, regardless of their financial situation. When possible, we provide bursaries for writers who wish to participate in our programs but are in financial difficulty.

Some programs we have provided bursaries for include:

- Our most popular program, WordsWorth summer camp for young writers ages 12 – 19, which is held annually at Kamp Kiwanis. WordsWorth provides an immersive experience with writing classes exploring a diversity of genres and forms, plus outdoor camp activities. Participants have experienced growth in both their writing skills and personal development, and our bursary fund allows young writers in financial need to access this valuable experience.

- As part of our efforts to integrate the next generation of writers into our community, our bursary fund has allowed for post-secondary students to attend our annual conferences for free or at a reduced cost. We have also offered bursaries to other participants who demonstrate financial need.

- Our annual writing retreats at The Banff Centre and Strawberry Creek Lodge offer valuable writing time as well as the opportunity to connect with other writers. Due to rising costs, many writers require bursaries in order to access this opportunity to focus entirely on writing.

Due to economic downturn, the support of donors is more important than ever if we are to be able to continue to provide financial support for writers in need and keep our programs accessible.

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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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