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2018 Fall Workshop

October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come join CaRWA for our Fall Workshop featuring Sarah Johnson from Owl's Nest Books in Calgary!

Date: Oct 20

Registration closes Oct 13. No refunds, but your registration can be transferred to someone else. If you need to transfer, please contact

Location: Highland Park Community Association

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Cost: $55 for non-members

Speaker: Sarah Johnson

Sarah L. Johnson lives in Calgary where she runs ultra marathons, does daily battle with curly hair, and masters the art of the writerly side-hustle. She teaches creative writing, does free-lance editing and manuscript development, and is the Literary Events Manager at Owl’s Nest Books. She served as the 2018 Writer in Residence for AWCS, and edited the critically acclaimed crime anthology The Dame Was Trouble (Coffin Hop Press). She is the author of a short story collection, Suicide Stitch: Eleven Tales (EMP Publishing) and a novel, Infractus (Coffin Hop Press), and has published short fiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies.

Session 1: For the Love of the Craft

As writers, we are artists, but also engineers. Craft is that delicate braiding of creative vision and technical skill. Through exercises and discussion, this workshop will focus on honing our writer’s voice through defamiliarized language, specificity of detail, and effective use of subtext. These tools and techniques will elevate writing that merely communicates, to prose that resonates.

Session 2: Building Relationships with Booksellers

Straight dope from a literary events manager on how to make friends with your local book store. Everything you need to know about getting your book on the shelves. We’ll also talk about signing and reading events, from the traditional, to the outré. What works, what doesn’t, and how to throw a launch party people will never forget.


Afternoon Speaker: Jim Jackson

After meeting the devil herself at a lonely crossroads not far outside of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Jim Jackson got an exclusive interview with the Princess of Darkness and a short-lived staff position as her PR writer. From that gig, he came away with a supernatural ability to tell a tale, putting him up there with liars like Herodotus, the guy who sold me all that land in Florida, and Donald Trump.

But he’s modest about his talent. “What’s this interview for?” he confided to me, taking a long swig of Bordeaux. “How did you get this number?” Powerful words.

Holiday-maker, wine-lover and public speaking instructor Jim Jackson spent five years wandering the spicy-food-eating lands and collecting stories (most of which can’t be shared). Jim’s mission is to show that the stories we all grew up with – the heroes, the monsters, the adventures – are still solid, muscular realities that can shape our lives (for good or for ill). What’s yours? Sit down. Grab a glass. Tell your story.




9:30 am - 10:00 am Doors open
10:00 am - 11:00 am Session 1: For the Love of the Craft
11:00 am - 11:15 am Break
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Session 1 continued
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Session 2: Building Relationships with Booksellers
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm - 4 pm Session 3: Jim Jackson

Lunch will be catered. Coffee/tea and a light snack will be available in the morning when the doors open.


October 20, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Highland Park Community Centre
3716 2 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta T2K 0Y4 Canada
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Emily Vale