Writers' Guild of Alberta


Writers' Guild of Alberta
11759 Groat Road
Edmonton, AB  T5M 3K6
(780) 422-8174

2015 Alberta Literary Awards

Submissions now open!  Deadline: December 31, 2014



Employment Opportunity: WordsWorth Director

Apply by October 30, 2014



Nov 10, 2014

2014 Scotiabank Giller Light Bash (YYC)

Join in on Calgary's 5th annual celebration and live broadcast of The Scotiabank Giller Prize



Nov 13 & 14, 2014

Blue Pencil Cafe with Thea Bowering and Kimmy Beach (YEG)

Spend 30 minutes talking one-on-one with an established author.



Jan 30 - Feb 8, 2015

2015 Banff Writers Retreat

Registrations now open!




Complimentary Student Memberships

Currently enrolled in post-secondary studies?


Supported by:


Programs & Services: Calgary WGA Events 2013/2014


Monday, November 10, 2014

Doors 5:30pm - seating is first-come, first serve.  Program 6pm sharp!
Lolita’s Lounge

1413 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB – private room upstairs.

Tickets: $15 at www.gillerlightbash.ca, in-person at Shelf Life Books or at the door.  Space is limited. Tickets recommended.
Facebook invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/1507497799488524/


Join the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Wordfest, Shelf Life Books and the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program for Calgary’s 5th annual celebration and live broadcast of The Scotiabank Giller Prize in support of Frontier College—Canada’s original literacy organization.  Readers, writers and supporters of the arts will gather to hear six literary personalities speak on (or champion) a shortlisted title in advance of the broadcast.  Participate in ‘Guess the Giller’ contests and raffle draws (someone will win a KOBO) and watch the prize announcement all while raising money for literacy.

2014 Book Presenters:

Hosted by Kris Demeanor
Author Ali Bryan on The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill

Book reviewer & blogger Anne Logan on Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

Author Aritha van Herk on Tell by Frances Itani

CDWP W-I-R Ian Williams on The Everafter of Ashwin by Padma Viswanathan

Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut on All my Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

Poet Paul Zits on Betrayers by David Bezmozgis

Big thanks to these generous writers for volunteering their time in the spirit of raising money for literacy.


The first 25 WGA members who RSVP directly to samantha.warwick@writersguild.ab.ca will enter for free - sponsored by the Writers' Guild of Alberta.  Please indicate in your RSVP email that you fully intend to attend the event as these are precious seats and we would like each spot to be used. 



Ali Bryan (Author & Blogger)
is an author and personal trainer based in Calgary, Alberta. Her debut novel, Roost, won the 2014 Writer’s Guild of Alberta Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction. She is currently at work on a second novel and enjoys tracking sharks and planes in her spare time.

Kris Demeanor (Intrepid Host)
was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada right about the time of the first moon landing, the son of a Swedish beauty queen and a German General Proficiency award winner. He's a songwriter and performer who writes and sings about the funny, dark, absurd, maddening, and the joyful for people who like to think, dance, laugh, cry and party. Kris has put out six CDs of original music, a couple of award winning videos, created and performed for the theatre, and toured clubs and folk festival's around Canada, Australia and Europe, both solo and with his Crack Band. His music draws on classic folk story telling, spoken word/rap, and shamelessly hooky pop, which both complicates things for all involved and makes them more interesting. Kris loves his fellow Canadian songwriters, and has toured and recorded with the likes of Geoff Berner, Carolyn Mark, Nathan, Ford Pier, Dave Lang, Veda Hille, Wendy McNeill and Kim Barlow.

Anne Logan (Book Reviewer & Blogger)
is the Donor Relations Recognition and Engagement Specialist at the University of Calgary. Prior to that, she was the Programming Manager at WordFest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival for four years, helping to program the Festival and scout for new talent at local readings. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, and her Postgraduate Certificate through the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program in Toronto. Before moving to Calgary, she worked as a publicist for Cormorant Books. She currently reviews books on ivereadthis.com and is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta Board of Directors. Obviously, she spends most of her free time reading.

Shelley Youngblut (Creative Ringleader)
has created magazines for ESPN, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Nickelodeon in the U.S., as well as in Calgary, where she was the founding editor of Swerve. She has won over 65 national, regional and international magazine awards, as well as a lifetime achievement award. The author of three sports books, she’s been the pop culture columnist for Canada AM and ABC World News Now and is frequently unconventional on CBC Radio’s The Eyeopener. She is writing a memoir about daddy issues and a gambling problem (his and potentially hers).

Ian Williams (2014-15 CDWP Writer-in-Residence)
is the author of Personals, shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award; Not Anyone's Anything, winner of the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and You Know Who You Are, a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC. Williams completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto and works as an English professor. Williams has held fellowships or residencies from Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Palazzo Rinaldi in Italy. He was also a scholar at the National Humanities Center Summer Institute for Literary Study. He is the 2014-2015 Canadian Writer in Residence at the University of Calgary.

Paul Zits (Poet)

received his MA in English from the University of Calgary where he completed his creative thesis, Massacre Street (UAP 2013), which subsequently won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry at the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards. Zits is a regular instructor at the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s WordsWorth Camp at Kamp Kiwanis, is currently the Managing Editor of filling Station and is the editor and publisher of the Calgary-based small-press 100 têtes Press.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014


 Rose & Crown Pub

1503 4 St SW

Complimentary tapas!

 Free for WGA members.

$5 at the door non-members (cash only)

Snacks, social time, inspiration and good cheer.  Readings by authors Lori Hahnel and Jani Krulc.  Follow the WGA website for details in progress and author bios.

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