About

Who we are

The Imaginative Fiction Writers Association (“IFWA”) was founded in 1988 to help imaginative fiction writers hone their skills and expand their knowledge base. To this end, IFWA engages in many activities including critiquing written work, providing marketing advice, suggesting writing games and exercises, and notifying members about interesting events, contests and writing opportunities, amongst other things. We are a writing group, not a book club.

We have members (collectively known as “IFWits”) at all stages of development, including beginners, those trying to break into the market, and published and award winning authors. The group also counts many small publishers and well-known authors as friends.

So what is “imaginative fiction”? The current focus of the group is predominantly the speculative genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror, but we are open to all genres.

IFWA is a registered non-profit society with bylaws and an elected Board. An Annual General Meeting is held at each October meeting.

Membership is $20.00 per year and can be paid at a monthly meeting.

IFWA meeting will be held at 7:00 pm, the first Thursday of every month, at the Sentry Box. 1835 10th Ave. S.W. Calgary –  Map:

Those interested in joining IFWA can simply drop in to a meeting. You must go through the back door, as the store closes at 6:00 PM. If the door is locked, please knock.

Meeting formats:

  • Crits begin at 7:00 pm.
  • Business meeting begins at 8:00. Please submit all news (except brags) to the President via email or one of the forums.
  • Formal skill development session from 8:30 to 9:00pm
  • Discussions at the near-by pub, from 9:00 pm onward.

Contact: Please feel free to contact IFWA’s President, Michael Gillett, with inquiries. michaelgillett1@gmail.com