News and Announcements

invitation to Words in 3D conference and Gala

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:07

On behalf of the Writers' Guild of Alberta, the Get Publishing Communications Society, and the Editors' Association of Canada, Prairie Provinces Branch, I would like to invite you and your students to join in our Words in 3 Dimensions: Intersections conference to be held, this year, at the landmark Chateau Lacombe, May 22 – 24, 2015.

Registration is open at Information on student bursaries is available under "Fees" on the conference website.

Please extend this invitation to anyone you think might benefit from participation in this unique conference, where participants will get the full industry picture: writing, editing and publishing with an insider's view to how they interact, intersect and ignite. We'll have preconference workshops, three fantastic keynote speakers, panels of 48 industry experts, 6 presentations, a blue pencil that writers can submit to ahead of time, and the ever-popular pitch camp.

Friday night's keynote speaker is Andrew Pyper. He will share stories from his life as a successful writer: how he sustains his creativity, how he guides and manages his career, and how he copes with the highs and lows of working in an unpredictable industry. With a particular focus on the role of the writer in the writer–editor–publisher triad, Pyper will reveal the foundational importance of intersections.

The two other keynote speakers are Douglas Gibson, the "godfather of Canadian publishing and editing," and Cory Beatty, marketing director for HarperCollinsCanada. Please visit our website for the full conference program:

Black and White and Read all Over is the theme of this year's Alberta Literary Awards. Please join us for a fantastic evening celebrating the finest of Alberta's writing produced this past year. Shelley Youngblut, of The Globe and Mail, formerly of The Swerve Magazine, will be our emcee. You can purchase gala tickets in addition to the conference registration at


Volleyball Canada Event Staff Recruitment (May 10-21)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 15:00

Volleyball Canada is looking to recruit local event staff to assist us with the preparation and execution of the 2015 Volleyball Canada Championships taking place in Calgary this spring, between May 10-21. This event is going to be the largest celebration of volleyball ever held in Canada, with over 800 teams and 10,000 athletes participating, as well as over 12,000 spectators in attendance.

We require event staff between May 10-21: Set-Up (May 10-13), Competition (May 14-19), Tear-Down (May 20-21). The shifts will be scheduled based on tournament wave times - AM Wave (7AM-3PM) and PM Wave (3PM-10PM). All event staff positions are paid $125 per shift (plus food/beverage).


There are a variety of roles that we need to fill throughout the event, most notably medal ceremonies assistant and social media assistant. If you have any students that are creative and would like to apply their writing and social media skills, we would love for them to apply. We plan on having a large social media presence throughout the event, in addition to having more formal news/press releases at the end of each day for a recap. We are also looking for bilingual staff and staff. Anyone interested in helping us out is invited to complete the online form.


Please feel free to circulate this to anyone of you contacts that may have a sport background, or that have previous experience working at large-scale events.


Media Advisory: Invitation to the 2015 Culturally Diverse Media Forum

Thursday, 02 April 2015 13:56

Media are invited to attend the 2015 Culturally Diverse Media Forum presented by the Calgary Stampede, Rogers Media and The City of Calgary. The event will examine the rapidly-changing media landscape and the ways in which we can work together to continue to reach diverse audiences.

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Calgary Stampede Clubhouse (breakfast provided)

More information here


Army Embedding Opportunity

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:40

The Army Reserve will pay 4-6 student journalists to embed with its soldiers during a training exercise 15-23 August at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright.  Selected students will act as embedded media: tweeting, writing articles, taking photos (and possibly shooting video) for publication in Live It magazine and the Western Sentinel newspaper.  The army will provide transport between Calgary and Wainwright, all meals, and basic field equipment including sleeping bag, cot, and helmet.  Students should expect to sleep in communal tents and to provide their own camera, phone and laptop.  This is intended for senior students who have completed second year.  Selected students will each be paid $100 per day.

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