Classes

Book a mentoring session with me at the Alexandra Writers Centre in June.
See the website for more details.

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The Second Draft

Wednesday, June 13, 7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
Non-member Price: $75

You’ve finally spilled your entire first draft onto the page. Now it’s time to clean it up. We will review the essential elements of a story/novel. This will include structure, character development and dialogue. We will discuss proper manuscript format, common errors, better word choices, critiquing, and proper punctuation practices. Bring the first page of a book or story – double-spaced (no more than 250 words) OR one page of (mostly) dialogue.

To register call (403) 264-4730, email info@alexandrawriters.org,
or on-line at http://www.alexandrawriters.org/register/

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Write Nite

Friday, June 15, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Non-member Price: $5

Grab a glass of wine (or other beverage), a pen and paper and join us for Write Nite… Spend two hours with kindred spirits, a glass of wine, a pen and paper. If needed, there will be prompts to focus your writing but disregard them if you choose, and create something unique. Release your inhibitions, step out of your comfort zone, put a few words together, create evocative images and astonishing characters. Write something new or hone a current project.

To register call (403) 264-4730, email info@alexandrawriters.org,
or on-line at http://www.alexandrawriters.org/register/

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Vision Boards

Saturday, June 16, 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Non-member Price: $35

It’s halfway through the year and you haven’t made any strides toward this year’s goals. Maybe you need to create a vision board to anchor it in. Or, create a poster to provide you with prompts or focus for your writing. You’ll spontaneously create a collage with words and images that you intuitively choose. Or, maybe you already have images in mind and have some to bring. This will largely be a self-directed workshop with group instruction at the beginning, on-going guidance, and group closure. Materials provided.

To register call (403) 264-4730, email info@alexandrawriters.org,
or on-line at http://www.alexandrawriters.org/register/

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The Writers’ Circle: To Blog or Not?

Sunday, June 17, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Non-member Price: $20

You want a place to store your thoughts online; you want to try your hand at “publishing;” you have a lot to say and you want to share it; you’re an author and you heard you need a “platform.” Whatever your reason, you’re curious about blogging and wonder if it’s for you. Come and discuss the pros and cons with other writers and a mentor who started blogging ten years ago.

To register call (403) 264-4730, email info@alexandrawriters.org,
or on-line at http://www.alexandrawriters.org/register/

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Creative Writing: Pen to Paper

Monday, September 17, 2018 (8 weeks)
7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Non-member Price: $250
Alexandra Writers Centre – 1721 – 29th Ave SW, Ste 460, Calgary

Do you have a story burning inside you? Want to try writing for fun? Creative Writing: Pen to Paper is designed for the brand new writer or hobbyist. Spend 8 weeks learning where ideas come from, how to unlock your creative potential in a new way and bring words and images to the page in a fun and supportive environment. Lots of writing involved. No experience necessary.

To register call (403) 264-4730, email info@alexandrawriters.org,
or on-line at http://www.alexandrawriters.org/register/

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PICASSO PORTRAITS – Paint Like A Child

Picasso said it took a long time to learn to paint like a child. You can start now. Paint a Cubist perspective portrait with acrylic on canvas. Create your own self-portrait or a gift for someone you love. A one-person portrait is a prerequisite to the family portrait class. No experience necessary, all supplies included. $50 for a 2-hour class. Adults only for the evening sessions (wine served). Coffee and tea served for daytime sessions. Please contact for details.

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MIXED MEDIA DOLL SCULPTURE

Construct a small figurative sculpture from found objects. We will start by building a base and an armature. The design of your doll may be sketched ahead of time or you can work spontaneously with the rest. Most supplies will be provided but feel free to bring in items that inspire you (i.e. swatches of cloth, bits of jewelry) and if enough – maybe share and swap with other participants. This is usually a full day workshop.
Please contact for details

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YOUR SUPERHERO WITHIN

You will come away from this workshop with a personal logo, proud of your strengths, and with a better understanding of how to work with your weaknesses. This is a two-hour self-discovery workshop good for preparing participants for resume writing and job interviewing, and for team-building. Very simple drawing is involved – no experience necessary. Please contact for details.