Bradley Somer Events

February 2nd through February 11th, 2018, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta.

Writer’s Guild of Alberta Banff Centre Writing Retreat – Writer in Residence. I’ll be available for manuscript advice, one-on-one consultations, and general all-around writing fun for participants of the retreat. More about this event HERE.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 2nd Annual Beer and Literary Pairings.

October 26, 7:00—9:30pm
WGA members Free | Non-members $5 cash donation @ the door
Shelf Life Books @ 1302 – 4th Street SW, Calgary AB

Please join The Writers’ Guild of Alberta for Calgary’s 2nd annual Beer & Literary Pairings in celebration of Alberta Beer Week! Five local authors’ work will be paired to five local microbrews and guests will be invited to sample the beer that compliments the literature. Featured authors include Ali Bryan, Suzette Mayr, Bradley Somer, Nikki Reimer and Andrew Wedderburn.  Light snacks will be served and wine available for guests who prefer wine. Confirmed breweries include Village Brewery (Calgary), Blindman Brewing (Lacombe), Trouble Monk Brewery (Red Deer) and MH Brew Co (Medicine Hat).

More information can be found HERE.


November 7, 2016 Giller Lite Bash in Calgary.

WURST Beer Hall & Restaurant
2437 4th St SW, Calgary. Private Room Downstairs.
$15 Online Tickets | $20 at the door

With the support of Shelf Life BooksFreehand BooksWordfest, and Frontier College—the Writers’ Guild of Alberta will host Calgary’s 7th annual celebration of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. This event brings readers, writers and supporters of the arts together in a vibrant and entertaining atmosphere to celebrate books, reading, and to raise money for literacy. Local book blogger and President of the WGA Anne Logan will host the evening. Will Ferguson—winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2012) for his novel 419—will make a special appearance (with his Giller trophy!) and share some behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the Giller gala in Toronto.

Hear from local literary personalities as they each defend one of the six nominated titles.
Our 2016 Book Defenders include:


Kelsey Attard (13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad)
Glenn Dixon (The Wonder by Emma Donoghue)
Micheline Maylor (The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall)
Bradley Somer (The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux)
Clea Young (Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien)
Sheri-D Wilson (Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin)

September 21, 2016 – November 23, 2016

Novel Systems – Imagination-jacking using an agglomerative technique to build a novel.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 (10 WEEKS)
Traditional novel writing instruction focuses on dissecting and mastering the individual components used to create long form fiction. While important, the focus on how all of these parts work together to create the ecosystem of the novel can easily become lost. Novel Systems will use instruction, exercises and work shopping to illuminate the major interactions of the novel writer’s toolkit. It will also focus on how they are stitched together to create an immersive writing (and reading) experience by examining points like: how character can be plot, how place can be used to develop character, or how narrative style can act as theme.
More details under “10 week courses” on the AWCS website HERE.