September Saturday Meeting

September 12th, 2015 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Social Media for Authors

with Jack Giesen

Social media can be a powerful tool for today’s authors and writers. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can help you connect with loyal fans, potential readers, and even agents and publishers. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn to judge which platforms are right for you, start posting content to your profile, and get the most bang for your buck with the time you spend online.

Please bring you laptops or tablets with you to get the most out of this workshop!

About Jack Giesen

Jack Giesen does online marketing and design for Calgary small businesses, and creates book covers for independent authors. Originally trained in fine arts, Jack has a passion for helping creative people learn the business skills that can help them make a living at their art (when she’s not painting or reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, herself!)

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Get a head start by renewing your membership today! Visit the Membership page for details.

If you are a new member, you can join before our first meeting in fall via the online form! We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday Workshop – June 13th

June 13th, 2015 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Marketing Yourself

with Donna Tunney

Presenting yourself in public can be intimidating, especially if you spend most of your time sitting in front of a computer in your PJs, creating imaginary worlds and characters.

More and more, writers are expected to promote their work, and themselves— creating a personae, pitching to editors, speaking on panels, even handling interviews on radio and TV.

“Marketing Yourself” gives you the tricks and tips to do all of that, and how to handle the jitters when speaking in public, with tried and true techniques used by performers.

About Donna Tunney

Before turning her attention to writing, Donna Tunney tread the boards as an actress, appearing on stage, film and TV. She’s also worked as a radio personality, interviewing celebrities—like cartoonist Ben Wicks, and Hal Linden, of Barney Miller fame. Donna writes under the pen name Roxy Boroughs.


As part of this workshop, we are delighted to tell you that we are bringing in photographer Alana Wilner ( ) who will take head shots for those members who wish them. Photos will cost $50 and must be paid for by the member purchasing them.

Alana says:

Weather permitting, the photos will be taken outside near the ARWA location. Each session will be 15-30 minutes depending on how many people would like to participate. The cost will be $50 per person, and after the shoot I will put up a separate gallery for each person with 5 or so images that they can choose from. They can pick their favourite image and I will edit it fully and upload it into their gallery in both black and white as well as colour. They will be free to download their image and print it or put it on the web as much as they would like. They will be provided with both a print quality image for any print publications they’d like to use it for, as well as web quality for blogs and websites etc. Additional images may be purchased for $20 per photo (a black and white version as well as colour will be provided for all additional images purchased as well).

Although these are headshots, Alana suggests the most effective upper clothing/make up to wear on the day of is something that you’re comfortable and confident in. Try not to wear any shirts with words or logos on them, and layering is a great way to get a variety of looks in a short amount of time without having to change clothing. Scarves are also a nice easy way to give some diversity to your photos since they’re easy to remove for a different look.

Payment is by cash (exact please) or cheque made payable to Alana Wilner Photography. Alana will offer receipts as ARWA members can claim this as a business expense. Receipts will be uploaded to your personal photo gallery after the shoot.

Click here to check out Alana’s website to see examples of her work.

If you are interested, please contact Diana as soon as possible so we can get an idea of possible numbers.

While members are getting their headshots done, inside will be going over WWC pitches for practice–so bring yours to get ready!