Writers' Guild of Alberta


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


Sept 24 - 28, 2014

2014 Fall Strawberry Creek Retreat

Registrations now open!




Sept 26-28, 2014

WGA Celebrates Alberta Culture Days

Check out what events are happening near you!



Sept 27, 2014

Sharon Drummond Chapbook Award Reading and Launch (YEG)


Join us in celebrating the release of Marco Melfi's In Between Trains.



Jan 30 - Feb 8, 2015

2015 Banff Writers Retreat

Registrations now open!




Complimentary Student Memberships

Currently enrolled in a post-secondary writing program?


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Programs & Services: Youth Programs

For more information on all of these programs, visit www.youngalbertawriters.com.

WordsWorth: A Week-Long Writing Camp in Bragg Creek, Alberta

WordsWorth is a week-long writing camp for teens aged 12 - 18 in Bragg Creek, Alberta.  Find peaceful inspiration while making friendships and learning from some of Alberta's top writers.  For more information on this year's camp, click here.


Drink the Wild Air: A Winter Retreat for Young Writers

Drink the Wild Air is a winter writing retreat for young writers aged 12 - 19 at Watson Lodge at Kamp Kiwanis.  This weekend taking place February 21 - 23, 2014 is designed for young authors to reconnect with the WordsWorth community, meet new writer-friends, and provide a much-needed writing vacation. For more information, click here.


The Isabel Miller Young Writers Award

The Isabel Miller Young Writers Award, for young Alberta writers age 12-18, was established in memory of Isabel Miller, a school teacher and writer who was active in Celebration of Women in the Arts, the Stroll of Poets, and the Writers' Guild of Alberta.

The award is a partnership between the Writers' Guild of Alberta and the Edmonton Public Library. Prizes totaling $600 are awarded. Selected entries are also published in a special chapbook.

The Isabel Miller Young Writers Award will not be presented this year (2012).  Stay tuned for details as they develop for the award in 2013.

2010 Winners and Honourable Mentions

2010 Isabel Miller Young Writers Award Submission Guidelines

Past Winners and Honourable Mentions

Read the 2010 Isabel Miller Young Writers Award Anthology online!

2010 Winning entries were included in the 2010 Isabel Miller Young Writers Award Anthology. Copies of the chapbook can be purchased for $4 (includes postage) or in-person at the WGA Edmonton office for $3. Contact the Edmonton office to order your copy


Teen Writing Groups – Edmonton and Calgary

The WGA Teen Writing Groups meet on a monthly basis and are mentored by writers Alexis Kienlen (Edmonton) and Lisa Murphy-Lamb (Calgary). The purpose of the groups is to unite teens interested in pursuing the craft of writing and provide a fun, friendly, safe and structured environment for participants to receive constructive feedback on their writing, involve themselves in literary discussion, take part in on-site projects and learning sessions with exciting guests, and engage with young writers. The age range for these groups are 14 - 19 (Edmonton) and 15 - 18 (Calgary).

Themes that the groups have explored include fiction, poetry, travel writing, memoir and songwriting. Guest appearances have included Patrick Pilarski, Nicole Pakan, Aaron Macri, Trisia Eddy, Hiromi Goto and Heather Clitheroe. 

If you'd like to join a group or obtain further information, please contact:

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