Youth Programs via THE WRITERS' GUILD OF ALBERTA

 
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Youth Programs 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

We’re committed to mentoring the next generation of Alberta writers and offer programs just for writers ages 12 - 19.

Our most popular program is the WordsWorth Summer Youth Creative Writing Residency, held annually at Kamp Kiwanis in Bragg Creek, Alberta. WordsWorth features a mix of creative writing,other arts forms, and outdoor activities. Young writers at WordsWorth have shared that WordsWorth is not just about writing for them, but also provides a safe space for them to be themselves and form lifelong friendships with like-minded youth. Here's a sampling of what they have to say:

“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.”

"I came here as a scared 15 year old and I'm leaving at 19 as a confident, creative, empowered man. WordsWorth taught me what real friendship was, what real art is, and what kind of person I can become. This camp has change me so much for the better. It is my home, and although it is time to leave, the goodbye is bittersweet. Thanks you for making this place exist."

We would like to be able to provide more programming year-round for youth, so your donations will go a long way toward making that possible.

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About THE WRITERS' GUILD OF ALBERTA

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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