Writers' Guild of Alberta

 

Writers' Guild of Alberta
11759 Groat Road
Edmonton, AB  T5M 3K6
(780) 422-8174
1-800-665-5354
mail@writersguild.ab.ca

 

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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

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2014 SPRING STRAWBERRY CREEK RETREAT: MAY 7-11, 2014 STRAWBERRY CREEK LODGE

Treat yourself to renewal and writing this May at the Strawberry Creek Lodge at the WGA’s 2014 Spring Strawberry Creek Retreat! This self-guided retreat is open to participants at any stage of their writing career.

Strawberry Creek Lodge is a spacious log building on the edge of a tranquil valley, about a half hour’s drive west of Leduc. A map will be provided on registration. For more information about the Strawberry Creek Lodge, visit www.strawberrycreeklodge.com.

The retreat includes four nights’ accommodation in your own room (with a desk) and all meals from Wednesday supper through Sunday lunch.

The retreat begins Wednesday, May 7. 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 11.

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. The WGA does not guarantee room selection.

Price:  

$565 for WGA members

$635 for non-members (includes one-year WGA membership)

Maximum 11 spots available. Register early to avoid disappointment!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

To register with VISA or MasterCard, phone 780.422.8174 or 1.800.665.5354 (toll-free in Alberta)—or fax the registration form to 780.422.2663 (attn: WGA). Please do not fax credit card numbers.

You may also mail the registration form and cheque to:

Writers’ Guild of Alberta

11759 Groat Road

Edmonton, AB  T5M 3K6.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations make prior to and on April 23, 2014 will merit a full refund less a $50 administration fee. Refund requests made after April 23, 2014 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed. Refund requests must be made in writing to the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.


For more information, please contact the WGA at mail@writersguild.ab.ca.

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WGA BANFF RETREAT: JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 8, 2015, THE BANFF CENTRE

The annual WGA Banff Retreat will be open for registration June 12, 2014. 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.

 

The deadline for registrations will be November 14, 2014. Please note the earlier registration opening and closing dates this year, so you can start planning!

Prices (All prices are inclusive of GST):

  • Full Retreat (January 30 – February 8): $1,150 WGA members, $1,220 non-members (non-member rate includes 1-year WGA membership)
  • Half Retreat (January 30 – February 3 or 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:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

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.

Mail:

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.

Deadline for registrations is Friday, November 14, 2014

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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