About The Writers' Guild of Alberta
Who We Are
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.
The WGA helps give Alberta writers a sense of unity and community, and is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada.
WGA Vision Statement
An Alberta where past, present, and future contributions of writers are supported, acknowledged, and valued.
WGA Mission Statement
The Writers' Guild of Alberta’s mission 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.
What We Do
- Publish a magazine (WestWord) six times a year as well as a weekly electronic newsletter (WriteClick)
- Host a biannual writers conference
- Develop and offer monthly professional development sessions for members and the public
- Organize retreats, including some with a writer-in-residence
- Provide information and resources on writer-related concerns
- Offer a manuscript reading service to provide professional comments on writers’ works
- Recognize outstanding literary efforts through the Alberta Literary Awards, an annual competition of Alberta writers
- Provide administrative assistance to other literary organizations, including the Edmonton Stroll of Poets, The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, the City of Edmonton Book Prize, and the Alberta Screenwriters Initiative
- Provide organizational advice to other members of the literary community (such as librarians and publishers)
- Work with other provincial and national writers’ organizations
- Represent the literary community to various levels of government
WGA Values and Guiding Beliefs
The WGA believes that:
- The literary arts are essential to the well-being of all individuals, communities and the economy of Alberta;
- Working in partnership with other organizations contributes to the quality of life in Alberta;
- Networking and collaboration are beneficial to innovation and the creative process;
- A free and safe environment is essential for writers to pursue their craft;
- Knowledge and ongoing development are fundamental to creative growth.
WGA Operating Principles
The WGA’s operating principles are derived from its mission, values and guiding beliefs, and include the following:
- Meet the identified needs of the WGA’s membership and allied stakeholders;
- Reinforce the vital importance of local, community-driven systems for literary arts services;
- Effectively manage staff, volunteer, and financial resources.
- Recognize and acknowledge volunteers, donors and sponsors;
- Pursue open and interactive communications and information networking with its membership and allied stakeholders;
- Establish positive, respectful relations with provincial government (elected officials, departments and agencies), other provincial organizations, institutions, enterprises and municipalities;
- Be forward-thinking and flexible, and undertake strategic planning and management;
- Embrace and utilize technology;
- Operate with fiscal responsibility, pursue financial sustainability;
- Develop realistic expectations and undertake regular performance management reviews.
Such operating principles will guide the actions of the WGA Board of Directors and WGA staff, particularly with respect to the internal management and operations of the WGA.