Our facilitators are hand-picked to be the most magical, inspiring, open-minded, good-humoured humans they could possibly be, and they are the reason your workshop experience will be like none you've ever had before. May we introduce:


Alexa Gilker - Whitespace Writers Founder & Facilitator, Calgary, AB

Alexa Gilker is a screenwriter, playwright, and poet working in Canada and abroad with the sole goal to explore truth through story. She has her BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Alexa worked as a part-time professor of writing and film at Humber College in Toronto before taking that horrifyingly scary leap to writing full-time, but missed writing workshops so much she started Whitespace Writers in 2016. For more about where Alexa got her deep-seated passion for helping aspiring writers find their authentic voice and tell their stories, take a read through this post HERE

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Paige Leigh Reist - Facilitator, Calgary, AB

Paige Leigh Reist is a writer, journalist, and the blogger behind The Wholesome Handbook. In her work, she celebrates the poetic in the seemingly mundane, the beauty of broken things, and the wisdom of the natural world. After studying music, photography, design, painting, comparative religion, and social anthropology, Paige finally came to her senses and began writing full-time in 2016. You can see her personal work HERE.

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Wendy O'Brien - Facilitator, Hamilton, ON

Wendy O'Brien is a Hamilton-based philosopher and an award-winning teacher. She is the host of By The Lake Bookclub, Bryan Prince Bookseller Author Series, and Bourbon and Books, as well as an interviewer for The International Festival of Authors in Toronto. She somehow got lucky enough to teach courses on two of her passions, creativity and beauty, at Humber College and Guelph-Humber University. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary study of the concept of WONDER. 


Kristin Fast - Facilitator, Red Deer, AB

Kristin is part-time writer, full-time creative. Whether it’s web development, music, dance or writing, it’s all story, and she loves exploring the myriad ways stories move us and connect us with one another. She’s had a love affair with words as long as she can remember; layering meaning with language and metaphor is high on her list of favourite things. You can read more of her writing here.