2014 Scrawl-A-Thon


Scrawl -A-Thon 


I would like to thank the following writers who came to Loft 112 with pledges from around 200 people. In total we raised over $8300 for WordsWorth Creative Writing Residency!

Thank you to everyone who pledged and honoured these writers and who support young writers in their pursuit to write, create and push themselves!

2014 Scrawl-A-Thon is now over, but here is what happened!

Calgary Writers at Scrawl-a-thon 2014

Written by  | March 20, 2014

WordsWorth 2014 Fundraiser!

Get down, ink, scribe, bang out, invent, and scriven your way to success in this six hour writing marathon. Set forth – and sign up nowJoin us for an unforgettable night of literary abandon!

Write the night away with at this high-velocity writing marathon! Imagine a cross between a raucous dinner party and a creative-scrawling factory and you’ve got the idea. Pack up your laptop, your typewriter, your pencil and paper and come out to be wined, dined, and treated to six hours of writing mayem.


To give, contact LIsa Murphy-Lamb @ lisa.murphylamb@writersguild.ab.ca

If you would like to become a corporate sponsor of the 2014 WordsWorth Scrawl-A-Thon, please contact Lisa Murphy-Lamb at lisa.murphylamb@writersguild.ab.ca


Thank you to our generous sponsors!

  • Re:Act
  • Calgary’s Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor


Sabahat-17 Sabahat Naureen is an artist, photographer, idea generator, engineer and world traveller with dreams of writing not one, but several books in her lifetime. Although her writing endeavours took a back seat to engineering textbooks for the last many years, she is now ready to put her big ideas onto paper. Sabahat wrote short fiction and poetry growing up, and frequently got published in local youth newspapers. ‘

Email: sabahatnaureen@gmail.com

Twitter: @sabz_andthecity

Blog pictureAngelo Tembreza
Angelo is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu nerd who has received praises for his empanadas and bourbon chocolate cookies making him the Clooney of potlucks. His poetry has been found and heard at The People’s Poetry Festival, local poetry readings, and Wax Poetry’s weekly poem. Fragments of his evolving work can be found on mungryghost.com and his blog articles on Calgary’s literary scene can be read at calgaryisawesome.com,


Email: angeloramtem@gmail.com

Twitter: @mungryghost




IMG_1784-Edit-1Micheline Maylor’s latest collection titled Whirr and Click is out with Frontenac House (2013). Her chapbook, Starfish, with Rubicon Press, sold out in 2011. She became a recent graduate of the May Studio at the Banff Centre in 2010. Her latest works are in Geist magazine and SHY . She teaches creative writing and composition at Mount Royal University in Calgary and is the 2013/14 poetry editor at Frontenac House.




Alexis Kienlen is a poet, journalist and fiction dabbler. She is the author of two poetry books “She dreams in red” and “13”. Alexis is currently the mentor for the Writers Guild of Alberta teen mentorship group. She taught at Wordsworth for two years, and is coming down from Edmonton to participate in Scrawl-a-thon.

Marc Herman Lynch is a fiction writer and a poet. He graduated from the University of Calgary with an MA in Creative Writing and helps run the Flywheel reading series.


Jani Krulc has an M.A. in English from Concordia University and a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Calgary. Her first book, a collection of short stories called The Jesus Year, was published in the spring of 2013 by Insomniac Press. Jani is an alumna of the Banff Centre’s Writing with Style program, and the former fiction editor of filling Station magazine. She lives in Calgary with her partner and their animals. You can reach her at www.janikrulc.com or @janikrulc.

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Natalie Simpson is the author of accrete or crumble (LINEbooks 2006) and Thrum (Talonbooks 2014). Her poetry has appeared in magazines, chapbooks, and anthologies, including Shy: An Anthology (University of Alberta Press 2013) and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013 (Tightrope). She practices pro bono law, serves on the board of directors of filling Station magazine, and curates filling Station’s flywheel reading series. Learn more at www.nataliejsimpson.com and contact Natalie at

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Nikki Sheppy is President of filling Station magazine. Her reviews have appeared in Lemon HoundAlberta Views, and Uppercase magazine, for which she writes the book column. Her poetry chapbook, Grrrrlhood: a ludic suite (Kalamalka 2014), won the 2013 John Lent Poetry-Prose Award.  You can reach her here atndsheppy@gmail.com .


J.M.M. “Jay” Lewis is an active member of the young literary community in Alberta, and enjoys creativity in all of its forms. In between working full-time to save up for travel and post-secondary, Jay has written two novels, is writing an album for her musical project Enochian, and does work in the visual arts and holistic healing. She has participated in NaNoWrimo since 2006, and has succeeded in the challenge for 6 years. She has also been attending WordsWorth since 2005, making 2014 her final year as a student. It has been a long and exquisite journey which has made her into who she is today. Throughout years of struggle with mental illness, WordsWorth has been one of the few reasons for her to keep going. As melodramatic as it may sound, there is a very high possibility that Jay wouldn’t be here today without this amazing community of creators. So, raising money so that this beautiful thing can continue is only logical. Who knows how many more lives it will save? You can learn more about Jay and her projects by visiting www.jmmlewis.com


Erin Emily Ann Vance is an English Student at the University of Calgary with a passion for teaching, learning, languages, special education, and open communication through literature and creative writing. Erin is an accomplished writer for her nineteen years, having been published numerous times in small-scale publications, and invited to perform at the 2012 Calgary International Spoken Word Festival. An advocate for accessible education, eating disorder awareness, and the empowerment of girls and women, her writing focuses on family, travel, ability, gender, body image, and equality.

You can contact her at evance.creative@gmail.com and follow her blog, www.erinemilyann.wordpress.com

Pledges can be directed to aforementioned email or to (403)608-2201

Twitter: @ErinEmilyAnn

Instagram: @erinemilyann

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Emily Ursuliak grew up in the rolling hills southwest of Bentley, Alberta, but now calls Calgary home. She is the current fiction editor for filling Station magazine, an executive producer for the literary radio show Writer’s Block and a creative writing instructor. She recently completed an MA in English at the University of Calgary where she’s been working on her first novel and her first collection of poems. You can find her work in Warpaint, Wax: Poetry and Art, Blue Skies Poetry and the upcoming anthology The Calgary Project: A City Map in Verse and Visual.  You can support her by contacting her at e.ursuliak@live.ca or on Facebook


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Dymphny Dronyk 3224 52 Ave NWCalgary, AB T2L 1V5 Email: dymphny@gmail.com Cell: 587-899-8732

~ Dymphny Dronyk – Born in the City of Sin, in the Summer of Love, Dymphny is a writer, editor, mediator and mother. She is passionate about the magic of story and has woven words for money (journalism, corporate writing) and for love (poetry, fiction, drama, mystery novels) for over 25 years. Her first volume of poetry Contrary Infatuations (Frontenac House, Quartet 2007) was short-listed for two prestigious awards in 2008. She is the author of the memoir Bibi – A Life in Clay (Prairie Art Gallery, 2009). With Angela Kublik, she is the co-publisher/co-editor of House of Blue Skies’ bestselling anthologies Writing the Land – Alberta Through its Poets, and Home and Away – Alberta Poets Muse on the Meaning of Home. She is Past President of the WGA, and currently serves as President of the National Council for the League of Canadian Poets. She is also the co-founder of the RE:act Collective. 


Diane Guichon is a poet and teacher of poetry and professional writing in Calgary.  A graduate of University of Calgary’s Creative Writing M.A. Program, her first book of poetry, Birch Split Bark (Nightwood Editions), won the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize in 2007. Her poems, book reviews, and interviews with other poets have been published in literary journals across Canada and in the U.S.  She was short-listed for Calgary’s Inaugural Poet Laureate in 2012.  Her poetry reflects the concrete images and language associated with the domestic and the natural.  She explores difficult subjects such as family dysfunction and violence in her work.  Diane believes poetry is this fascinating blend of personal expression and political statement. She can be reached at d.guichon@shaw.ca

P4284918Kim Firmston is a real life mutant – though one without any cool powers. When she is not writing or cursing obvious villain mistakes, she warps young minds in her Reality is Optional Kid’s Writing Club, DramAntics Youth Theatre Camp and WordsWorth youth writing residency. Kim has written and produced many plays, had a few short stories make it into print, and published five novels. She has also been known to build diabolical devices out of cardboard and old chip bags with prominent DO NOT PUSH buttons. Learn more at www.kimfirmston.com.



derek beaulieu is the author or editor of 15 books, the most recent of which are Please, No more poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013) and kern (Les Figues press, 2014). He is the publisher of the acclaimed no press and is the visual poetry editor at UBUWeb. Beaulieu has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States and Europe and currently teaches at the Alberta College of Art + Design. For scrawl-a-thon he will be constructing a permanent large-scale visual poem directly on the windows of LOFT112. For more information on beaulieu seewww.derekbeaulieu.wordpress.com

IMG_6697Joan Shillington’s poems have been published in Grain, Prairie Fire, Freefall Magazine, CV2,

and in anthologies.  Her second collection of poetry, Folding the Wilderness Within, published

by Frontenac House, will be launched in September 2014.  When she isn’t writing Joan spends

time with her husband, children and eight grandchildren. jshilli12@gmail.com www.joanshillington.com


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