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Refining Our Narratives

Writers' Guild of Alberta Annual Conference

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) will host its annual writers conference and AGM at Calgary’s historic Memorial Park Library, June 1 to 3, 2018. 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.

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 Butala, Ali Bryan, Marcello Di Cintio, Shawna Lemay, Clem Martini, Suzette Mayr, Geo Takach, Chris Turner, Aritha van Herk, John 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

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

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