2017 Events

ARTISTS 4 ALTRUISM (formerly Authors for Altruism)
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Public Event
10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Book, Craft and Artist Market, and Fundraiser

Four Points by Sheraton, Edmonton South
7230 Argyll Road, Edmonton, Alberta T6C 4A6
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Admission (cash only at the door)
$10.00 (Admission for all activities including iPlay Game Trailer)
$5.00 (iPlay Game Trailer Only)
or Pay What You Can at the door
Children 3 years of age and under are free

  • Shop in the holiday market
  • Have your caricature drawn
  • Get your game on in the iPlay Game Theatre
  • Attend workshops by professionals in the Edmonton Arts Community
  • Listen to author readings
  • Have your books autographed
  • Bid on some must have items in the silent auction
  • Have your questions answered by our information panel
  • Support the arts community

A portion of vendor table fees, and all proceeds and silent auction bids will be donated to the Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton (CRIPSiE).

For more information contact Alison at info@alisonneuman.ca.

Event information on Facebook.

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Market (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Alison Neuman
Rick Lauber
Brenda Currey Lewis
Roberta Laurie
Eva Blaskovic
Dream Write Publishing
Katherine Restouiex
Leslie Hodgins
Margo Valens Glass Art

Guest Speakers and Author Readings (11:00 AM – 2:45 PM)

Guest Speakers:
Alexis Hillyard – Creating and Building an Audience
Catherine Wenschlag – Team Building
Leslie Hodgins – Fitness (1:25 p.m.)
Ainsley Hillyard – Grant Writing

Author Readings:
Brenda Currey Lewis
Roberta Laurie
Eva Blaskovic (1:10 p.m.)
Rick Lauber

Information Question and Answer Panel (2:50 PM – 3:50 PM)
Ainsley Hillyard
Rick Lauber
Catherine Wenschlag

M/C & Host
Greg Gazin – The Gadget Guy

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Beyond the Precipice is set in Edmonton and the University of Alberta, with a brief drive through Sherwood Park.

The tables have turned. Bret is now an adult, and he has responsibilities and obligations. He can no longer be silent—about his father’s accident, his music, or his future. Beyond the Precipice is a story about grief, loss, discovery, and redemption.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Public Event
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Social Grounds Coffeehouse
975 Broadmoor Blvd #36
Sherwood Park, Alberta  T8A 5W9

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Hosted by Mandy Eve-Barnett

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Social Grounds Coffeehouse, October 28, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Public Event
11:00 to 3:00

The Sherwood Park Bookworm
62 Athabasca Avenue
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 4E3

Event on Facebook

Hosted by Sherwood Park Bookworm


Star Wars Display, Bookworm Oct. 28, 2017

Star Wars Reads, Sherwood Park Bookworm

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Celebrating its 10th Year and Canada’s 150th Anniversary!
Public Event in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days
Our biggest book event of the year

  • Book Fair & Sale (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

  • A Celebration of Community Culture and Canada

Information on WORDS IN THE PARK

WFSC CANADA 150 Book Project: POSTCARDS FROM CANADA, an anthology of short stories, poetry, and images celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. (Available Sept. 30.)

**Note change of venue:

Spark Gallery
2257 Premier Way #116
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8H 2M8

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Official launch of POSTCARDS FROM CANADA

Cover photo credit: Linda J. Pedley

Two Provinces, Three Weeks, 101 Experiences,” a travel article by Eva Blaskovic, is published in POSTCARDS FROM CANADA. Purchase links here.

Book cover reveal and pre-orders for REBEL DESTINY (sci-fi/fantasy) by Leslie Hodgins.


Cover art by Jessalyn King

Also available at Words in the Park 2017: BEYOND THE PRECIPICE by Dream Writing Publishing, 2016.

Genre: psychological suspense, literary fiction, music

Bret may have been dealt a bad hand in life, but ultimately he is his own worst enemy. (Beyond the Precipice book trailer.)

Launches of DRUYAN (fantasy adventure novel) and IRONCLAD (supernatural adventure novelette) have been postponed and will not be available at this year’s Words in the Park.


Cover art for Beyond the Precipice and Druyan by Jody Bronson of Phobaphobia Productions

Book tables

List of authors attending Words in the Park on Sept. 30th at Spark Gallery, Sherwood Park — come and meet them, hear their stories, and get a book signed!

  • G. Mitchell Baker
  • Eva Blaskovic
  • John Crawley
  • Tom Dirsa
  • Mandy Eve-Barnett
  • Nabjla Fairuz Rahman
  • Linda Finstead
  • Jasmine Fogwell
  • Vaun Gage
  • Greg Gazin
  • Leslie Hodgins introducing her debut novel and book cover
  • Carla Howatt
  • Deb Hughes-Gahr
  • Jo-Ann Kreamer
  • Rick Lauber
  • Konn Lavery
  • Carol MacKay
  • Carol Maier
  • J.M. McKnight
  • MacKenzie Meyer
  • Alison Neuman (author and playwright)
  • *Linda J. Pedley of Dream Write Publishing (author and publisher)
  • Wendy Portfors
  • Karen Probert
  • Beth Rowe
  • Bianca Rowena
  • H.M. Sander
  • Jim Sellers
  • Glenda Sheard
  • Lynn J. Simpson
  • Kathie Sutherland
  • Kelly Vass
  • Christopher Warner

*Linda J. Pedley is a Canada 150 Community Leader for the 150th anniversary of Confederation and one of the founders of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (WFSC).

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Words in the Park 2017 Event

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Public Event
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Local authors reading stories, answering questions, signing books.
Enter for a prize draw.
Enjoy great coffee and treats.
Family friendly event – free.

Social Grounds Coffeehouse
975 Broadmoor Blvd #36
Sherwood Park, Alberta  T8A 5W9

Event on Facebook


  • Leslie Hodgins
  • Mandy Eve-Barnett
  • Kathie Sutherland
  • Mitchell Baker
  • Karen Probert
  • Eva Blaskovic

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Social Grounds Coffeehouse

Back-to-School Author Reading, Social Grounds Coffeehouse, Sherwood Park, Alberta. August 26, 2017.

August 21, 2017

Eclipse information: compiled links, videos, and information about the eclipse: #Eclipse2017: What You Need to Know. Where Will YOU Be?

DIY: No Eclipse Glasses? Two Ways to Make a Pinhole Projector

Live stream the total solar eclipse


Image from Dreamstime.com

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August 17-27, 2017
Indoor and Outdoor Events

Information: Fringe Theatre website

Check out these events by local Edmonton and Sherwood Park writers

UPCOMING WRITING EVENTS 2017 — Blog Post by Mandy Eve-Barnett

Saturday, August 5 to Monday, August 7, 2017
Public Event

Outdoors: William Hawrelak Park
9330 Groat Road
Edmonton, Alberta

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Heritage Festival in the Rain

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Public Event
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Authors: Eva Blaskovic and Mandy Eve-Barnett

Audreys Books
10702 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta

Mandy Eve-Barnett Media Kit
About Eva


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Audreys Books, July 2017. Edmonton, Alberta.

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Public Event

Theme: Summer

Come and listen to local authors stories, chat with them & enjoy treats!

Event on Facebook

Photo album


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Summer Author Reading, June 24, 2017.

Dream Write Publishing website

Writers Foundation of Strathcona County website

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Public Event
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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June 2-4, 2017
Public Event

Read — Listen — Enjoy

Morinville Community Library 50th Anniversary
Encouraging literacy, language, literature, and library pride
Friday 12:00 p.m. to Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Event information on Facebook

Morinville Community Library on Facebook

Morinville Community Library — website, map, and event details
10119 – 100 Ave
Morinville, Alberta

I will be reading Saturday, June 3 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (See below for details.)


Here’s what I’ve got lined up

Canadian family travel: “Two Provinces, Three Weeks, 101 Experiences,” a July family road trip article that will appear in the Canada 150 Book Project by WFSC

Family travel: “Hanging Loose in Hawaii”

Supernatural adventure: “Journey to Skull Mountain,” excerpt from upcoming novelette IRONCLAD (book rating teen and up)

Short story: children’s story “In Search of Wind”

Article: skydiving article “Teacher in Freefall”

Fantasy adventure: excerpt from upcoming novel DRUYAN

Literary fiction / psychological suspense: excerpt from BEYOND THE PRECIPICE (adult novel). The setting for this book is Edmonton, University of Alberta, St. Albert and, briefly, Sherwood Park.

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Credit for photos of schedule: Morinville Community Library

Added June 2: Scott Hayes (Reporter, St. Albert Gazette) reading from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. “I’ve got a couple of my favourite narrative poetry selections for the one or two vampires that show up, plus there might be a surprise or two.”

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Sunday, May 28, 2017
Public Event

Brick House Studios
10985 – 127 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Coordinator/Instructor: Ernst Birss, Classical Guitarist

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Guitar Recital 2017. Photo credit: Leslie Hodgins.

May 18-22, 2017

Writers’ Retreat information

Get away and spend time writing in the tranquil setting of Strawberry Creek Lodge.

Strawberry Creek Lodge. Credit: Strawberry Creek website.

On the May long weekend, I will be at a spring writers’ retreat at Strawberry Creek, Alberta, to work on fantasy adventure novel DRUYAN and paranormal adventure novelette IRONCLAD. IRONCLAD is scheduled to be released by Words in the Park, September 30, 2017 (details and link to come).

Hosted by Linda J. Pedley

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Public Event — Author Readings

Author readings by:

Participating bookstores across Alberta and author schedules.

Authors for Indies. Support local authors and bookstores.

THE Sherwood Park BOOKWORM
62 Athabascan Ave.
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 4E3

Locally owned, independent used bookstore
Owner: Leanne Weisgerber


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Authors for Indies Event, Sherwood Park BOOKWORM. L->R: Mandy Eve-Barnett, Marty Chan, Eva Blaskovic, Mandy Eve-Barnett, April 29, 2017.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WFSC Writer’s Conference information: list of workshops, workshop information, conference details, registration form,  location details and map, and email contact.

Theme: Celebrating Canada in Words


Workshop 1: 150 Words About Canada — presented by Mandy Eve-Barnett

Workshop 2: Building a Canadian Character — presented by Mandy Eve-Barnett

Mandy Eve-Barnett, a local author and community advocate for arts & culture, brings her imaginative and informative contribution to our conference with her presentation on building characters – Canadian-style! Mandy has published four books and is a freelance writer.

Workshop 3: Travel Canada — Writing Trip Tips — presented by Tim Querengesser

Tim Querengesser is an Edmonton-based journalist and head of the Edmonton Wayfinding Project, whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Up Here, the National Post, and many other publications – Tim joins us for the first time with his session on travel writing. 

Workshop 4: Canadian Poetry — presented by Shirley Serviss

Capture your country through word pictures in a variety of poetic styles. Poems by Canadian writers will be used to inspire you. No previous experience in poetry writing necessary. Shirley is a WFSC conference favorite having presented many times at our events with her fabulous poetic style and creative input. Shirley has published three collections of poetry. She works as the staff literary Artist on the Wards for the Friends of the University Hospital and teaches writing workshops through the City of Edmonton.

Hosted by Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (WFSC)

County Hall Room
#1 Sherwood Drive
Sherwood Park, Alberta

WFSC Canada 150 Book Project

WFSC Website and Events

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Public Event

**Event was cancelled due to spring snowstorm. (Pictures below.)

More information


Hosted by Mandy Eve-Barnett

Social Grounds Coffeehouse
975 Broadmoor Blvd #36
Sherwood Park, Alberta  T8A 5W9

Spring snowstorm cancels author reading event

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Photo credit: Mandy Eve-Barnett

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Photo credit: Linda J. Pedley

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Public event
Read and Listen at Social Grounds Coffeehouse
2:00-4:00 p.m.

socialgroundscoffeehouse_poster-icon-for-social-media-jan-28-2017-1Local authors will be reading from their works. Time will be made for open mic readings.

Social Grounds Coffeehouse
975 Broadmoor Blvd #36
Sherwood Park, Alberta  T8A 5W9

Come and listen to some interesting stories. Talk to the authors about their work. You can purchase books and have them signed.  Great coffee and delicious treats.

We look forward to seeing and hearing you there.

Authors can register at wfscsherwoodpark@hotmail.com (Beth Rowe) to confirm spots.

Sponsored by Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (WFSC) and Dream Write Publishing

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
Public event
Evening with arts and culturally involved people from the county
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Open to all artisans in Strathcona County. An opportunity to network, promote, and enjoy an evening of arts and culture.

SPARK Event Centre
2257 Premier Way #116
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8H 2M8

By Arts & Culture Council of Strathcona County (ACCSC)