People call the library all the time looking for information on writers' seminars and courses. When this call comes toward the end of Spring, it's usually slim pickings, as the season for writers' residencies and programs usually follow a somewhat academic seasonal calendar. Luckily, Calgary has been blessed with the Alexandra Writers Centre Society, who refuse to take summers off.
Here's what they're offering this June:
Introduction to Playwriting, June 3 - 5
Instructor: Caroline Russell-Kin Writing comedy is more than just one-liners and writing dramas isn’t just serious prose spoken by serious people! Pull out your idea file of your scribbles and learn the craft of playwriting. Discover the secrets of professional writing and what it takes to go from page to stage.
Poetry From Every Angle, June 17-19
Instructor: Sheri-D Wilson
Focus on the possibilities of your words through delving deeper into your own memory, story, dream, rhythm and voice. This workshop is about release, personal revolution and revelation. We will also focus on the presentation of your words, which will give you the opportunity to traverse the full meaning and breath to your unique voice.
Advanced Poetry Workshop, June 24-26
Instructor: Micheline Maylor
Thinking of publishing? Poetry needs a polish? Don't know where to send? In this weekend intensive, we will discuss markets, generate new material, and polish work that is looking for a home. This course is best suited to those who have taken a course in poetry previously as the workshopping will be intense.
(Times for Weekend Intensive Courses are Friday 7-9pm, Sat and Sun 10-4:30pm)
"Saturday Workshops": (10am-3:30pm)
Spring Cleaning, June 4
Instructor: Elaine Morin
Do you have unfinished stories or story ideas gathering dust in your “story closets?” Explore ways to complete those stories and to polish them so they shine through readings, discussions, writing activities and story-building techniques. Learn tips for managing files so your writing doesn’t get lost, or get out of hand. If possible, please bring printed or digital versions of one or more of your uncompleted stories or story ideas.
Mining For Memories, June 11
Instructor: Karen Overbye
Many interesting things about our lives are forgotten, buried in the ordinary, crushed by the extraordinary. Through writing exercises, you will search for, find, and polish the gems you didn’t know were there. By the end of the day, you will have a significant start to a piece of writing that you could use in a variety of ways, such a scene for your memoir or fictional work.
Learn to Beat Writers Block, June 18
Instructor: Derek Beaulieu
This course will introduce students to a variety of seemingly impossible tasks each of which are guaranteed to make you think about writing in new ways. Students will get a crash course on how to broaden your horizons by limiting your options — a great way to refresh the way you look at writing!
For full details visit the AWCS website.