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WGA Annual Conference 2018 – Refining Our Narratives

June 1 @ 10:00 am - June 3 @ 5:30 pm



June 1-3, 2018 at Memorial Park Library, Calgary

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) will host its annual writers conference and AGM at Calgary’s historic Memorial Park Library June 1-3. The weekend will offer keynote lectures, workshops, panel discussions addressing the craft of writing, critical thinking and creativity, how to get published, writing through difficult subjects, creative writing pedagogy—and how contemporary culture is changing the way we think, read and ultimately how we write.

Shelf Life Books will be the bookseller for the event.

The WGA annual conference brings together writers from across the province and beyond for professional development and networking. It is a place for established and emerging writers to get to know one another, learn from each other, and to expand and shape a collective voice.

Award-winning fiction author and keynote speaker Nancy Lee will discuss how a writer can find focus amidst societal upheaval, environmental calamity, political tensions and family drama. Internationally recognized TEDx speaker and author Patrick Finn will address the question of why choosing to live creatively is the hardest and most important choice writers can make.

The 2018 WGA conference will feature an exciting line up of authors including Sharon ButalaAli BryanMarcello Di CintioShawna LemayClem MartiniSuzette MayrGeo TakachChris TurnerAritha van HerkJohn Vigna, Deborah Willis, Sheri-D Wilson and many more. To view the complete roster of presenters with bios, and to register for Refining Our Narratives, please visit

“This year’s theme is refining our narratives. ‘Refining’ because we strive to get better at what we do, and what we do is narrative. Regardless of the genre, a writer is presenting some kind of narrative. And refining alludes to perspective as well as craft. As our world changes, we are challenged to change with it,” said Julie Robinson, a program coordinator at the WGA. All writers are welcome to register; the conference is open to both members and non-members.

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada. Our members write in every genre and at every level of expertise. For more information about what we do or to become a member, please visit

For more information or interviews, contact Samantha Warwick at or Julie Robinson at


June 1 @ 10:00 am
June 3 @ 5:30 pm
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Writers’ Guild of Alberta


Memorial Park Library
1221 2 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0W5 Canada
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