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Programs & Services: Edmonton WGA Events 2014/2015



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

7:00 pm

Audreys Books

10702 Jasper Avenue

Free/WGA members, $5 non-members

What is experimental writing? How do you approach it? How do you wrestle with being true to the work in the face of possible rejections? Shawna Lemay and Wendy McGrath share their experience with the experimental novel and more.

Shawna Lemay is an Edmonton poet, essayist and novelist. Hive: A Forgery is an experimental/poetic, allusive/elusive novel about the possibility of a woman art forger, about the belief in this possibility. Her latest book, Asking (Seraphim Editions, 2014), is a collection of poems and poem-essays.

Wendy McGrath is a poet and novelist who lives in Edmonton. McGrath's credits include: common place ecstasies (Beach Holme Publishing, 2000) a collection of poetry, Recurring Fictions (University of Alberta Press, 2002), her first novel, which is an experimental work chronicling the history of a Canadian family, Santa Rosa (NeWest Press, 2012)—the first book in the "Santa Rosa trilogy" and the latest installment of the trilogy, the novel North East (NeWest Press, 2014).



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

7:30 pm

The Kasbar

10444 – 82 Avenue (Downstairs at Yannis)

Free/WGA members, $5/non-members

Snacks provided, please purchase your own drink

What does a writer long to do after a mind- and soul-bending day of reading and writing, or wishing there had been reading and writing? The answer is to get together with other writers to raise a glass…

Welcome to the “Sociable,” an after-work gathering of new and experienced, young and matured writers engaged in the writing life.

As valued Edmonton writing community members, we invite you to come out and share your thoughts on what you are reading, what's happening in your genre these days, what new thing you learned or applied to your craft recently.

Our hope is that the Sociable will provide a chance to share time and information, and to enrich and invigorate one another. Unwind and let fun prevail! A surprise reading may occur.

More details to come...



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Whitemud Crossing Library Theatre

4211 – 106 Street

Free/WGA Members, $5 Non-members

Registration will open in February. Please watch the WGA website for details.


The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is pleased to host an inspirational talk for writers: “3 Big Mistakes that Stop You from Achieving your Goals.” Do you create plans but are not so good at following through; have good intentions but not great results; find there isn't enough time to do everything you want to do? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you are likely making one or all of the 3 Big Mistakes that stop you from sticking with your goals.


Join certified life coach Laurel Vespi for this presentation to learn more about these 3 Big Mistakes AND 3 simple principles that will help you stick with your goals and create the outcomes you want.


Laurel Vespi is a motivational speaker, certified life coach and the creative energy behind stone circle coaching. She particularly loves helping people clarify their life purpose, and find more balance, fun and satisfaction in their lives. In other words awakening to the possibilities around us. Laurel is the author of two award winning books: Spontaneous Combustion: Setting Your Life on Fire and to be awake: simple principles for mindful & intentional living. Laurel has been featured on several television and radio programs including Global, City TV, CTV, Alberta Prime Time, CBC Radio, EZ Rock, CHED and a variety of print media including newspapers, Readers Digest and Homemakers Magazine.












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