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January 19, 2018

Writing North - Hurry Hard!

Time: All Day

Organization: Saskatchewan Writers Guild

Location: Garry Room, Marquis Hall, 97 Campus Drive, Saskatoon

Writing North - Hurry Hard!
Writing in Competitive Times

New for 2018: Tickets to Writing North will cover supper on Friday night AND lunch Saturday.

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Katherine Lawrence


Panel: Martha Baillie, Marina Endicott, Katherine Lawrence, Kenneth T. Williams, and Shane Book



Kenneth T. Williams





Martha Baillie


Keynote with Jordan Abel





Q & A  with Jordan Abel



Shane Book





Marina Endicott







Here is a map of parking for the event! 

Presenters for Writing North are:

Martha Baillie’s most recent novel is If Clara. Her previous novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel was an Oprah Editors’ pick, and was published in France by Actes Sud. Her 2009 novel, The Incident Report, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her poetry has been featured in the Iowa Review and her non-fiction in Brick Magazine and Longreads. Her multimedia project, The Schlogel Archive, shown at the Koffler Gallery in 2015, was selected by “Now” magazine as a Contact Festival “Must See,” and can be visited at: www.schlogel.ca. Martha lives and works in Toronto.


Shane Book’s first collection, Ceiling of Sticks, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. His second, Congotronic, won the Archibald Lampman Award and was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award, Ottawa Book Award and Griffin Prize. He is also a filmmaker whose award-winning work has screened worldwide. He was educated at New York University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Stanford. The 2016-2017 Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary, he is now an associate professor at the University of Victoria.


Marina Endicott’s latest novel, Close to Hugh, was long-listed for the Giller Prize and named one of CBC’s Best Books of 2015. Her second, The Little Shadows, was long-listed for the Giller and short-listed for the Governor General’s award. Her first novel, Good to a Fault, a finalist for the 2008 Giller, was a CBC Canada Reads book and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. 


Jordan Abel is a Nisga'a writer from BC. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on the intersection between Digital Humanities and Indigenous Literary Studies. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).


Katherine Lawrence is an established poet and an emerging playwright. She published three collections of poetry and a young adult novel-in-verse. Her titles include: Stay (Coteau, 2017), Never Mind (Turnstone Press, 2016), Lying to our Mothers (Coteau, 2006), and Ring Finger, Left Hand (Coteau, 2001). Her play, Exit, was co-produced in 2017 by Hardly Art Theatre and On the Board Staging Comapny as part of the Short Cuts Festival. She is the 2017-18 Writer-in-Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library. 

Kenneth T. Williams is a member of the George Gordon First Nation in the Treaty 4 Territory. He and his partner, Dr. Melissa Stoops, are the happy caregivers to their most recent hamster, The Grand Duchess Minnie Blackbear. He is the first - and only - Indigenous graduate of the MFA in playwriting program from the University of Alberta. He’s had eight plays professionally produced. He’s one of 10 co-writers of Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show which is currently on tour across Canada. He's an assistant professor in Drama at the University of Alberta and calls Edmonton home.



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