Literary Arts

Brave New Words

The Literary Arts Committee is excited to launch a new monthly event for the writers of Central Alberta. On the 2nd Friday of each month, we will gather at Sweet Capone's (At Night) from 7 - 9pm to share our writings new & old, in progress and published! We ask only that it is your own work being shared.

The night starts with a bit of music to enhance the mood, and our dark and sultry speakeasy venue is offering a literary themed beverage special for the event - September's feature is "The Hemingway." Doors open at 7pm, signup will start at 7:15pm, readings begin at 7:30pm.

This is event is FREE, but we will pass the hat to tip our musician(s) for sharing their original works with us! Bring your friends and stay all evening, there will be food and beverage service throughout the evening!

(Please note that Sweet Capone's transitions from Café to Lounge between 6-7pm and doors will be locked during this time.)

Writes of Spring Workshop

Mark your calendar for an exciting workshop on Sunday May 3rd led by RDC Creative Writing instructor Jenna Butler! Meet at Kerry Wood Nature Centre for 12pm to take a guided Nature Walk on the grounds (primarily on the wheelchair accessible route) with some time at the Bird Blind. After the walk, convene back in the Discovery Room and work through a series of writing activities based on the nature writing of authors such as Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Robert Macfarlane, and others who have closely engaged with the natural world in their poetry and memoirs. Jenna will be using some short quotations from the works as prompts for the participants.

Jenna Butler is an author and scholar whose research into endangered environments has taken her from America’s Deep South to Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, and from Tenerife to the Arctic Circle, exploring the ways in which we navigate the landscapes we call home.

Butler is the author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road, Wells, and Aphelion. Her award-winning collection of ecological essays is A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail, and her environmental travelogue, Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard, was released by the University of Alberta Press in Autumn 2018. Butler’s latest work is the essay collection Revery: A Year of Bees, forthcoming in 2020 from Wolsak and Wynn.
A professor of creative writing and ecocriticism at Red Deer College, Butler lives with three resident moose and a den of coyotes on an off-grid organic farm in Alberta’s North Country.


he Literary Arts Committee has been full of busy bees creating this fun event focused on the readers among us!

Join us for an afternoon that celebrates book clubs and book lovers from all over central Alberta. Share book club tips and favourite picks over wine and sweet treats. Enjoy bookish games, prizes, and a panel discussion with book club pros!

BOOK your spot by calling RDPL at 403-346-4576, Ext: 1503. Space is limited, so sign up today.

Hosted by Red Deer Public Library and the Red Deer Arts Council.

The Literary Arts Committee is seeking members to join this committee!

Potential purpose would be to encourage and promote the interests of literary artists in the Red Deer area including writers, literary groups and events. It may also seek to aid in the communication between members of the literary community and involve literary artists in activities sponsored by local businesses, visual and performing arts.

If you are interested in this committee, please contact the office at 403-348-2787 or email us at info(at)


To promote the interests of writers, literary groups, and events in the Red Deer area

To aid in the communication between all members of the Red Deer literary community

To provide information for Red Deer writers on: copyright and legal rights, venues (their prices and equipment available), insurance for writing groups and other information relating to the literary arts


Provide effective liaison between literary artists and the local media

Involve literary artists with activities sponsored by local businesses, visual and performing arts.

Provide information specific to the needs of Literary Artists

Develop a stronger voice for the literary arts community through the RDAC website and newsletters and special events

Provide information on literary events and issues to the website and newsletter