their craft is often a solitary activity, writers require aid in a variety
of areas such as training, funding and marketing. The groups section
focuses on assistance that is available to writers from the initial
inception of an idea to the selling of the final draft. Far from being
comprehensive, the section focuses on a few of the community resources
available for those involved in the literary arts including training
institutions and writers-in-residence programs, funding resources, prizes,
publishers and book-sellers.
Listen as Tommy Banks discusses some of the past
Writers Guild of Alberta award winners.
Training institutions offer many engaging and interesting programs that help to
develop skills, increase knowledge and inspire students creatively. Award winning
authors such as E.D. Blodgett have instructed literary arts students and inspired them
to delve deeper into their areas of study while gaining valuable skills. The training
institutions section looks at programs offered at institutions such as the University
of Calgary, University of Alberta and Banff Centre. The grants, guilds and
governments portion focuses on financial assistance and community support that is
available for literary arts ventures. Within the prizes section, there are a variety
of different prizes that provide financial support to encourage Alberta writers.
The publisher's portion looks at a variety of Alberta publishers, some who focus on a
particular market, while others publish a wide array of titles. A book-seller is the
final step in book production, selling the final product and acting as a community