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  • In the summer of 1969, a conference of writers led to the creation of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild.
  • The first annual general meeting of the SWG was held in 1970. Initially, 75 people joined.
  • The first two programs were the establishment of local writing groups throughout the province and the creation of a newsletter. Both programs are still active.
  • The SWG was incorporated in 1971.
  • In 1976, the first Executive Director was hired and an office was established in Regina.
  • Grain, the national literary magazine, was founded in 1973.
  • Since then, the SWG has evolved into a professional organization of over 600 members, including writers of all genres and all levels of development.

 List of SWG Presidents

*1969       Steering Committee
1970-71    Ken Mitchell
1971-72    Norman Ward
1972-73    Eleanor Pearson
1973-74    Robert Currie 
1974-75    James L. McWilliams
1975-76    Geoffrey Ursell
1976-77    Geoffrey Ursell
1977-78    Judith Krause 
1978-79    Judith Krause 
1979-80    Brenda Riches
1980-81    Bill Klebeck
1981-82    Byrna Barclay
1982-83    Brett Balon
1983-84    Bruce Rice
1984-85    Regine Haensel
1985-86    Regine Haensel
1986-87    Lorne Kulak
1987-88    Brenda Baker 
1988-89    Brenda Baker
1989-90    Ven Begamudré
1990-91    Dolores Reimer
1991-92    Dolores Reimer/Lee Gowan
1992-93    Lee Gowan 


1995-96    Judy McCrosky
1996-97    Judy McCrosky
1997-98    Pat Rediger
1998-99    Brenda Baker
1999-00    Treena Kortje
2000-01    Melanie Boyd (Nov-Apr)
2000-01    Linda Aksomitis (Apr-Oct)
2001-02    Judith Silverthorne
2002-03    Reg Silvester (Oct-Jun)
2002-03    Ken Mitchell (Jun-Oct)
2003-04    Reg Silvester
2004-05    Judy McCrosky
2005-06    Judy McCrosky
2006-07    Robert Calder
2007-08    Robert Calder
2008-09    Jerry Haigh
2009-10    Jerry Haigh
2010-11    Cathy Fenwick
2011-12    Cathy Fenwick
2012-13    Lisa Wilson
2013-14    Jeanne Alexander

 

*Board of Directors 1969—Present

 

 

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