Wanting to write, and knowing how to go about it, are two different things. Here are some of the resources that have helped me:
Writer in Residence programs provide the opportunity for writers to tap into the experience and knowledge of professional writers for FREE. Want someone to critique your work? Or discuss self-publishing versus traditional publishing? Or read your query letter for you? Or help you figure out why you might seek a literary agent? Or tell you what a literary agent IS? Then check out these programs in the Edmonton area:
The Writers’ Guild of Alberta has also been an invaluable way for me to connect with other writers and learning opportunities. (The annual membership fee is worth it.)
Finding a writing group has also been a huge benefit for me. Among other things, it has kept me motivated, given me the opportunity to encourage other writers, and given me access to peer-reviews. You can find the Morinville Word Docs on Facebook.
Third Verb is run by two local authors and offers workshops in Edmonton on a variety of topics, from writing flash fiction, to narrative journalism, to magazine pitching. I have attended a few of these and each one has been helpful.
And, you can always shoot me an e-mail via my contact page with any questions you have about how to begin and I’ll do my best to help you.