Writers' Guild of Alberta


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


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Programs & Services: Retreats

The Writers' Guild of Alberta offers three writing retreats each year - one in Banff in mid-February and two at Strawberry Creek Lodge (near Leduc) in June and October.

Strawberry Creek l Banff


Treat yourself to renewal and writing May 6 – 10 at the Strawberry Creek Lodge at our 2015 Spring Strawberry Creek Retreat!

Registrations may be made online or by calling our office starting at 780.422.8174 (1.800.665.5354 toll-free Alberta). Click here to register online!

Registration fee: $577

Payments may be made via credit card or cheque. Only 11 spots are available! Register early to avoid disappointment!

This is a self-guided retreat is open to participants at any stage of their writing career. The time is yours to structure as you please. The group may wish to organize readings or social gatherings and is welcome to do so, bearing in mind that some writers come to write only and may choose to maintain their solitude by declining involvement in group activities.

Strawberry Creek Lodge is a spacious log building on the edge of a tranquil valley, about a half hour’s drive west of Leduc. It’s a natural setting for hiking, bird watching, and stargazing. We will provide a map on registration.

Visit Strawberry Creek Lodge’s website for more information and photos.

Registration includes four nights’ accommodation in your own room (with a desk) and all meals from Wednesday supper through Sunday lunch. All participants must be members of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. You may become a member following registration if you are not a current member.

The retreat begins Wednesday, May 6. Check in anytime after 3:00 PM. Supper is served at 6:00 PM. Try to arrive in time for supper—it’s worth it! The retreat wraps up after lunch on Sunday, May 10.

Because of the unique nature of Strawberry Creek Lodge, not all rooms are the same. Rooms are assigned through a draw on the first day of the retreat. We do not guarantee room selection.

Cancellation policy:

If you cancel: You will receive:
On or before April 6, 2015 100% of the registration fees you have paid, minus a $50 administration fee
April 7 – 22, 2015 50% of the registration fees you have paid
After April 22, 105 No refund


Registrations with VISA or MasterCard may be made by phoning 780.422.8174 or 1.800.665.5354.


The 2015 Banff Retreat is sold out!  Please contact mail@writersguild.ab.ca to be placed on a waiting list. 

Registrations for the 2016 retreat will be launched in Fall 2015.

The annual WGA Banff Retreat is open for applications. This self-guided retreat is a great opportunity to connect with fellow writers and enjoy uninterrupted writing time at The Banff Centre, the world’s largest arts and creativity incubator. Writers at any stage of their career or writing project are welcome to join in.

Our 2015 Writer-in-Residence is Tololwa Mollel, internationally recognized children’s author, dramatist, storyteller and teacher. Tololwa will be on site at The Banff Centre to provide individual consultations. Visit his website at http://www.tololwamollel.com.

Tololwa Mollel

Tololwa M Mollel is author of over seventeen internationally published children’s books. Among them are WGA award winners My Rows and Piles of Coins and Big Boy, Subira Subira, and the Governor General award-winning The Orphan Boy, and his latest, From Lands of the Night. Some of Mollel’s books and adult stories have been translated into Korean, Serbian, Norwegian, Bengali, several South African tongues, and other languages. Increasingly of interest to him is writing for performance. He does two types of stories for performance, those he performs solo as a storyteller or theatrical story performer; and ones he works into theatrical productions in collaboration with a theatre director, actors and musicians and other artists. Through writing, storytelling and drama, Mollel hopes to empower the young and the old with the gift of story – to create, write, tell, share and enjoy stories; to mentor them as he too was mentored.


Prices (All prices are inclusive of GST):

  • Full Retreat (SOLD OUT) (January 30 – February 8): $1,150 WGA members, $1,220 non-members (non-member rate includes 1-year WGA membership)
  • Half Retreat (SOLD OUT) (January 30 – February 3): $690 WGA members, $760 non-members (non-member rate includes 1-year WGA membership)
  • Half Retreat (SOLD OUT) (February 4-8): $690 WGA members, $760 non-members (non-member rate includes 1-year WGA membership)
  • Additional night: Participants registering for either of the half retreats have the option of staying for an additional night on Tuesday, February 3 for an additional payment of $93, subject to availability.

Full and Half retreat fees include accommodation in a private room (with a desk), a meal plan, use of the Banff Centre amenities including complimentary access to the Sally Borden recreation centre, welcome and farewell receptions, evening readings and access to the Writer-in-Residence.

Wish to extend your stay further? Self-directed Writing Residencies run year-round at The Banff Centre and provide the time and space for focused work. Extend your stay before or after the WGA retreat by applying for a Self-directed Residency via  www.banffcentre.ca/writing. Please note that access to the Writer-in-Residence and other WGA specific retreat activities e.g. receptions, readings etc is not included in the Literary Arts Self-directed Writing Residency offered by the Banff Centre.

How to Register:


Registration is first-come, first-served, so register early to avoid disappointment. To register with VISA or MasterCard, phone 780.422.8174 or 1.800.665.5354. Registration forms may be sent by mail, email, or fax. Please do not fax or email credit card numbers.

What to submit:

  • Completed and signed registration form
  • A short bio of approximately 150 words. Just give us a sense of who you are and what your writing background is. This will be shared with participants on arrival.
  • Deposit (retreat spots will not be held without a deposit payment).
  • If you wish for the Writer-in-Residence to review a manuscript, it must be submitted in advance of the retreat. The deadline is December 15, 2014.


The Writers’ Guild of Alberta

Percy Page Centre

11759 Groat Road

Edmonton, AB  T5M 3K6

Email: mail@writersguild.ab.ca

Fax: 780.422.2663 (attn: WGA)

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the WGA at 780.422.8174 or 1.800.665.5354 (toll free in Alberta) or by email at mail@writersguild.ab.ca. For more information about the Banff Centre, please visit http://www.banffcentre.ca/writing.

Extended Deadline for registrations is Wednesday, December 10

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations made prior to and on November 14, 2014 will merit a full refund less a $50 administration fee. Refund requests made after November 14, 2014 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Refunds are not guaranteed. Requests must be made in writing to The Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

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