Writers' Guild of Alberta


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

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7-11 - May - 2014

Spring Strawberry Creek Retreat

Registrations Now Open!



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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 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.


$565 for WGA members

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

Maximum 11 spots available. Register early to avoid disappointment!


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.



The 2014 Banff Retreat is now full!  Stay tuned in the fall of 2014 for information and registration for the 2015 Retreat.

The annual WGA Banff Retreat is back! Enjoy uninterrupted writing time, be inspired by magnificent scenery, overcome writing challenges, or just renew your creative spirit at the world-renowned Banff Centre. This self-guided retreat is open to writers at any stage of their career or writing project.

NEW: We have a limited amount of bursary funds available for participants who would like to attend but need some financial assistance. To apply for a bursary, please send a letter to mail@writersguild.ab.ca explaining why you need funding and how attending the retreat would benefit you at this stage of your writing life. Bursaries can be a maximum of $200 each.

The WGA is pleased to announce J. Jill Robinson as the Writer-in-Residence for the 2014 retreat. Jill will be onsite to provide individual consultations for participants.

J. Jill Robinson is the author of a novel and four collections of stories. Her fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and literary journals including Prism international, Geist, the Antigonish Review, Event, Prairie Fire and the Windsor Review. Jill has taught creative writing in all genres at several colleges and universities in Western Canada, including St. Peter's College and the University of Saskatchewan. She has served as a mentor in the Saskatchewan and Albertan Canada Council mentorship programs. She is a former writer-in-residence for the Saskatoon Public Library, "Write In Your Community" (Saskatchewan Arts Board), Red Deer College, "Virtual Ink," (Southern Alberta Libraries), the Canadian Authors' Association, the Alexandra Writers Centre, as well as many day long and week-long programs in Saskatchewan. Her debut novel, More In Anger, tells the stories of three generations of mothers and daughters who struggle with their legacy of anger. Jill lives in Banff.


Full Retreat (January 31-February 9, 2014): $1,110 WGA members, $1,180 non-members (includes 1-year WGA membership)

Half Retreat (January 31-February 4* or February 5-9): $660 WGA members, $730 non-members (includes 1-year WGA membership) *January 31-February 4 participants have the option of staying the night of February 4 for an additional $91.

Full and Half retreat fees include accommodation in a private room (with a desk), a meal plan, use of the Banff Centre amenities, welcome and farewell receptions, and access to the Writer-in-Residence. Please note that access to the Writer-in-Residence is not included in the Literary Arts Self-directed Writing Residencies offered by the Banff Centre. Participants must register through the Writers’ Guild of Alberta to meet with the Writer-in-Residence.

How to Register:

Download Registration form



Registration begins Tuesday, September 24, at 9:00 am. 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.

Participants also need to submit a bio of approximately 150 words to mail@writersguild.ab.ca. Just give us a sense of who you are and what your writing background is!


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/.

Deadline for registrations is Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations made prior to and on January 8, 2014 will merit a full refund less a $50 administration fee. Refund requests made after January 8, 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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