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Pushing It: You’ve Written the Poem, Now What?

Date:  Saturday 24 April 2010
Time:  1:30 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
Place: Regina
Instructor:  Gerald Hill
Fees:  $50 for Guild members; $55 for non-members
Class minimum:  6   Class maximum:  10

If we’re pushing it, we’re considering questions such as these:  How can we take a poem further, refusing to accept easy endings or standard word choices?  How can we raise the stakes for a poem, putting more of ourselves on the line?  How can we see our poems in larger contexts beyond the discrete, single-page lyric?  How can we allow the poem to escape our intentions?  How, in general, can we imagine new ways to understand what we do and how we do it?

Our session will consider your poems and a few samples I’ll bring along. Expect some surprises, some bluntness, some fun. Expect to be pushed.

Please submit a two page sample of your work (typed on 8 ½ x 11 paper) to the SWG office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday 16 April 2010.

This workshop will be of help to writers at all stages of their development.

About The Instructor
Gerald Hill is a writer, editor, and teacher in Regina. Widely published in literary journals and anthologies, he has published five books of poetry—the third of which, Getting to Know You, won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry in 2004—and one nonfiction work, Their Names Live On: Remembering Saskatchewan’s Fallen in World War II (with Doug Chisholm). He teaches English at Luther College, University of Regina, and enjoys his three fabulous children. Born and raised in southern Saskatchewan, the son of two farm kids, one an army veteran who also taught school for many years in Saskatchewan, he has a special interest in the province’s culture, landscape, and history.  
To Register

Registrations for the workshop are on a first come, first served basis. You can pay by PayPal on the website, send your cheque or money order to Box 3986, Regina SK, S4P 3R9 or courier/drop-off payment at #205—2314 11th  Avenue, Regina SK  S4P 0K1.
Registrations and submissions of your work must be received in the office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday 16 April 2010.

Full refunds are available prior to the deadline. After this deadline no refunds will be given. To request a cancellation or make a change, please e-mail or call 306-791-7740.

The SWG is prepared to cover the registration fee for one member to offset travel expenses and/or financial need.
Note:  cheques will not be cashed until the minimum number of registrants has been reached. Receipts will be available at the workshop. Please include the workshop name and date with payments.

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For more information please call Tracy Hamon at 306-791-7743 or E-mail

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