JustWrite in the Mountains

Writing Workshops or Writing Retreat

October 27-29, 2017

Black Cat Guest Ranch (near Hinton, AB)

Ages 18+



Workshop Option #1:

Single Occupancy:  $575   

Workshop Option #2:

Double Occupancy:  $475  


Workshop options include:

•  Friday evening JustWine&Cheese

•  Saturday/Sunday workshops

•  Instructor/participant readings

•  Two breakfasts

•  Two lunches

•  Saturday Dinner

•  Snacks, Coffee, Tea


Retreat Option #1:

Single Occupancy:  $485   


Retreat Option #2:

Double Occupancy:  $385  


Retreat options include:

•  Friday evening JustWine&Cheese
•  Time to write and dream 

•  Instructor/participant readings

•  Two breakfasts

•  Two lunches

•  Saturday Dinner

•  Snacks, Coffee, Tea




Do you have a wellness account through employer benefits?  Whether your reason for attending is for professional development or personal interest, the cost of your JustWrite experience could be eligible for reimbursement! 


To register, JustWrite applicants must...

1)  Submit an online application form by following the link below:


 For workshop applicants ONLY (retreat applicants, please skip and move to #3)!

2)  Submit a writing sample via email at info@youthwrite.com 

Applicants must submit one poem (max. 75 lines) 


a sample of prose (max. 2 pages), on a theme or subject of your choice. 

Writing samples MUST be word processed, 12-point font, double-spaced.

DO NOT submit originals; samples will not be returned.

Please submit only ONE writing sample.

3)  Submit fee payment, by one of the following means:


 Online via PayPal: 

(please note that an approximate 3% service charge is applied by PayPal)

JustWrite in the Mountains Workshop Option #1 Single Occupancy - CLICK HERE


JustWrite in the Mountains Workshop Option #2 Double Occupancy - CLICK HERE


JustWrite in the Mountains RETREAT Option #1 Single Occupancy - CLICK HERE


JustWrite in the Mountains RETREAT Option #2 Double Occupancy - CLICK HERE



Email via e-transfer 

(send to info@youthwrite.com)

Cheque made payable to YouthWrite Society Canada sent to:

YouthWrite Society Canada

10629 – 127 Street

Edmonton, AB T5N 1W2


JustWrite Workshop and the Team:


Character - Not for the Faint of Heart (or mind)

"Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.” - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  

Join the sadist team of Thomas and Gail as we dovetail in and out of each other’s workshop sessions in the pursuit of character creation. We’ll guide you through an exploration of the genesis, desires, the lived lives and perhaps even guilty pleasures of your fictional characters.  We’ll look at dialogue and subtext, and we’ll try to help you kill your darlings or at least injure them badly.  In the process we’ll use music, drama, text, images and, of course, that deft imagination of yours!


Thomas Trofimuk has published both poetry and fiction in literary magazines across the country, and on CBC radio, podcasts, CKUA, and the RoadHome.FM stream. He is a founding member of the Stroll of Poets and the Raving Poets movement in Edmonton. He was also the festival director of the ROAR Spoken Word Festival for two years and is board president of YouthWrite Society Canada. His first novel, The 52nd Poem won the George Bugnet Novel of the Year Award and the City of Edmonton Book Prize at the 2003 Alberta Book Awards. His second novel, the critically acclaimedDoubting Yourself to the Bone, was named as one of the Globe and Mail’s top 100 must-read books for 2006. A third book, Waiting for Columbus, was released in August 2009 in the US, Canada, the UK, Serbia, Poland, Brazil, China and Quebec (in translation). Waiting for Columbus won the City of Edmonton Book Prize and was a nominee for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A new novel – This is All a Lie, is to be released in fall 2017.  If you want to meet him, he’s that funny looking guy over there, at the edge of the JustWrite in the Mountains party, dancing (badly) by himself.


Gail Sidonie Sobat  is a multi-award-winning teacher and author, with eleven books for children, teens and adults, and a number of educational and academic articles. She is the YouthWrite creator/ coordinator, an international presenter, an instructor in the professional writing program at MacEwan University and in the Faculty of Education at U of A, is The Writers' Union of Canada Regional Representative for Alberta, NWT and Nunavut, and was writer in residence with the Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries (2015). Gail is a 2016-2017 Global News Woman of Vision. Her most recent publication is the graphic novel, Jamie's Got a Gun (illustrated by Spyder Yardley-Jones), and she is busy at work on Songs from This and That Country, a novel for adults. She has moved thirty-two times in her life from Badlands to Siksika Nation Reserve to hideous suburbs to Istanbul to the Sunshine Coast to her writer’s garret in a century-old temperamental house. As a busy YouthWrite coordinator, this weekend at the Black Cat Guest Ranch is a rare opportunity for her to teach writing, and she is delighted at the prospect of working alongside Thomas, her paramutuel partner in crime and fiction.