Writers' Guild of Alberta


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


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Programs & Services: inkPulse: A Writing Camp for Teens

Registrations and info on the 2012 camps are now available on our new Young Alberta Writers website at www.youngalbertawriters.com.

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What is inkPulse?

Continuing the Writers Guild of Alberta’s 15 year tradition of bringing you writing focused camps for youth (first as YouthWrite and now as inkPulse) we present an exciting and dynamic writing day camp for teens!

At inkPulse, we tap into your imagination through creation, collaboration and diversity! Talented Canadian artists join forces to bring you exciting lessons incorporating movement, sound, performance and writing exercises, all designed to inspire text creation. The days are jam-packed. You will work individually, in small groups and with the entire ensemble; classes are taught by individual instructors, pairs of teachers and the whole teaching team.


A Day at inkPulse!

Typically our day runs from 10am-5pm.  Friday we have an extended day in order to celebrate the week with a wrap up event which runs from 5-7pm where participants present their work to their family and friends.

Each day, we begin with a warm-up, designed not only to prepare you vocally and physically for the work, but also to jump start your imagination and get your creativity flowing.

Next, you will take part in a group writing activity, a lesson from one of our instructors, and then lunch. During the afternoon, you’ll have journaling time, take another great class with our second instructor and attend a workshop hosted by a guest writer. Busy? You betcha! Fun? Oh yeah!

Our goal is to give you the opportunity to express yourself freely while you connect with other creative teens and meet brilliant Canadian artists and we want to squeeze the most out of every moment.


Where are the Camps?

We have held camps in Lethbridge, Calgary, Edmonton, and Grande Prairie.  For details on the locations we will be holding our 2012 camps, check back to this website often.

Who Teaches There?

We hire fun, exciting and experienced instructors and guests to work with the participants of our camps. Past staff have included playwrights Sam Varteniuk and Ellen Chorley, poet Bob Stallworthy, street artist Tegan Forbes, journalist Trent Wilkie, novelist Karen Bass and clown Shantelle Landry. We strive to have a combination of artists from within the hosting community and from around the province.

Check out our instructors from 2011 here

How Much Does it Cost?


In the past, tuition for the week has been $185.  Information regarding the tuition for inkPulse 2012 will be posted on this webpage, so check back soon! 

As always, the Writers Guild of Alberta has opportunities for bursaries.

How do I Register?

Registration information will be posted on this web page as it becomes available, so check back here to find out more information!



Email the Writers Guild of Alberta office at mail@writersguild.ab.ca

Call the Writers Guild of Alberta  (780) 422-8174 OR (800) 665-5354 (Alberta only)

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inkPulse 2011 Photos

Check out this year's photos from Lethbridge 2011

Check out this year's photos from Grande Prairie 2011

Check out this year's photos from Edmonton 2011


See camp information from previous years

2011 inkPulse was Sponsored By

Alberta Foundation for the Arts
ATB Financial
The Bennett Centre
City of Edmonton
Edmonton Arts Council

City of Calgary

Calgary Arts Development
In Memory of Linda Smith
Priority Printing

Edmonton Community Foundation
Esso Imperial Oil Foundation
Calgary Public Library
Grande Prairie Public Library
Lethbridge Public Library
William T. (Bill) Trofimuk

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