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In Partnership with Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival 

October 25-28, 2012

TCU Place: 35 - 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK
Hilton Garden Inn: 90 - 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK


- All Sessions at TCU Place except where noted -

Thursday Oct. 25, 2012:

See the Ânskohk poster here

6:00pm—7:00pm: Registration Table Opens (Hilton Garden Inn)

6:30pm—9:00 pm: Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival Key Address: Daniel David Moses - (Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom)

Join the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc. (SAWCI) for the Ânskohk opening reception with Master of Ceremonies Louise B. Halfe, invited authors John Lagimodière, Darren R. Prefontaine and a special key address with celebrated playwright, poet and teacher Daniel David Moses.

NOTE: Attendees who register for SWG Conference Total Event Package Fee tickets will receive complimentary admission to this Ânskohk opening event.

Friday Oct. 26, 2012:

12:00pm—4:00pm: Registration Table Open (TCU Place)

1:00pm—2:15pm: Common Ground: Connecting the Voices (Ânskohk/SWG Co-Event) (TCU Room B)

We write; therefore, we are. More than just bunch of blank pages or empty computer screens, writers have each other in common. We are part of a community! Join our panelists Marilyn Dumont, Candace Savage, Daniel David Moses and Paul Seesequasis as they talk about how they connect and keep connected with other writers.

2:30pm—3:30pm: Breaking and Entering: How to Approach an Agent (TCU Room B)

So, you’ve written a book—now what do you do? Is an agent the way to go? Being represented by an agent provides writers significant advantages to having their work seen (and it also helps authors avoid the dreaded slush pile.) Join us as Carolyn Swayze demystifies the author-agent relationship and gives the audience valuable advice on how to successfully approach and capture the attention of an agent

2:30pm—3:30pm: Call of the Wild: Nature in Poetry (TCU Room C)

Have you always wanted to enjamb a gaggle of geese? Do you feel the urge to line break a canola field? Make couplets from a forest? If you’ve answered yes to any these questions, then this session is for you! Join Seán Virgo and Barbara Klar as they discuss writing about nature and the environment.

3:45pm—4:45pm: Show and Tell: Prescription Versus Description (TCU Room B)

Do your stories read like a drug prescription or a grocery list? Do you struggle to conjure up detailed scenes or images with your words? Then this session is for you. Learn to avoid sounding like a fan-fiction writer as Candace Savage and Dave Carpenter explain how to use description to best effect.

3:45pm—4:45pm: Ventriloquism 101: Giving Voice to Your Work (TCU Room C)

Yes, you’re a good writer, but do you struggle with reading? Do you gaze at the blank faces before you and wonder what the listeners are hearing? Join Brenda Baker as she provides a crash course on presenting your work to an audience.

3:45pm—4:45pm: Concurrent Pitch sessions (register in advance!) - Hilton Garden Inn Boardroom 

Carolyn Swayze, literary agent, will be meeting with authors to discuss potential publishing opportunities.

6:30pm—7:30pm: Registration Table Open - Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom South

7:00pm—8:00pm: SWG/SAWCI Member Reception - Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom South and Centre

Join us for a member reception open to SWG members and members of the new SAWCI. Help us welcome our partners in this conference. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

8:00pm—9:15pm: Caroline Heath Lecture - Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom
                           Presenter: Sylvia Tyson
                           (Host: Cathy Fenwick)

9:15pm—11:00pm: Post Heath Reception - Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012:

8:30am—10:30am: Registration Table Open (TCU Place)

9:00am—10:00am: Stakeholders Session (TCU Room B)
Host: Gerry Hill

10:15am—11:45 am: The Frog in Your Throat: Demystifying the Voice (Poetry workshop)
(Ânskohk/SWG Co-Event) - with Marilyn Dumont (TCU Room C)

Is your voice lost? What does it mean to find your “voice” in poetry? How do we give
our poetry direction and emotions that are meaningful to others and ourselves? What
makes our poetry distinctive? How do we develop a confidant voice and convey
pragmatic imagery? This poetry workshop explores the idea behind voice in poetry, from
ideas of how to find your poetry voice, to making your voice stronger and individual.

10:15am—11:45 am: Time Travel: Flashing Forward and Back in Fiction (Fiction workshop) (Ânskohk/SWG Co-Event) - with Daniel David Moses (TCU Room B)

Are you always writing in the past or do you worry about the future? How do you move
the story forward or backward in time without losing the reader? This workshop will
explore the concept of time in fiction. Learn tips and tricks to help ease the time (and
your writing of it!).

12:00pm—1:00pm: Lunch - on your own

1:00pm—2:00pm: Registration Table Open (TCU Place)

1:30pm—2:45pm: Illusions of Grandeur: To Be or Not to Be in Theatre (SWG/SAWCI Co-Event) - (TCU Room B)

Does your main character need some alone time? What can you accomplish with a
soliloquy? Join Jennifer Wynne Webber and Curtis Peeteetuce as they discuss character
development in playwriting.

1:30pm—2:45pm: Concurrent Pitch sessions (register in advance!)  - (TCU Room C & Hilton Garden Inn Board room)

Carolyn Swayze, literary agent, will be meeting with authors to discuss potential publishing opportunities

Anita Large, Aboriginal publishing agent, will be meeting with Aboriginal authors to discuss potential publishing opportunities. (SWG/SAWCI Co-Event) 

2:45pm—3:45pm: Reckless Abandon: Literary History of Saskatchewan (TCU Room B)

Join Dave Carpenter and Jeanette Lynes as they dish the lit about the history of
Saskatchewan writing.

2:45pm—3:45pm: Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Incorporated (SAWCI)
- everyone welcome  (TCU Room C)

4:00pm: Reading with Candace Savage and Marilyn Dumont (TCU Room B)

6:00pm—7:00pm: TWUC Cocktail Reception - Hilton Garden Inn (Ballroom South and Centre)                         
Host: Anita Daher

7:00pm—8:45pm: John V. Hicks Awards Dinner - (Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom)       Host: Cathy Fenwick, SWG President

9:00pm—11:00pm: Open Mic (Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom)
Host: Gerry Hill

Sunday, October 28, 2012:

9:00am-12:00pm: Annual General Meeting (Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom)

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Heath Lecturer

For eighteen years, SYLVIA TYSON was one half of the internationally renowned folk duo Ian and Sylvia. Sylvia has recorded ten solo albums since the duo split in 1975, and since 2000 has been recording and performing with the group Quartette. She has also had a distinguished radio and television career, both in music and documentaries. Sylvia Tyson is a member of the Order of Canada and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She is the author of Joyner's Dream, a multi-generational saga of a family of musicians and thieves, released by Harper-Collins in 2011.

Panel Presenters

BRENDA BAKER is an award-winning writer and performer. She completed her BFA (visual art) and four years of acting at the University of Saskatchewan. Since 1979 she has taught various arts programs in a wide variety of settings. For several years she was a regular freelancer and summer weekend host on CBC Radio One. In 2008 she launched "Nexstage," a live music performance coaching business that has taken her to work in Los Angeles, Winnipeg, Edmonton and several Saskatchewan cities. She has presented her thoughts on giving effective readings numerous times to writing groups and at conferences, including the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild.

DAVID CARPENTER began his writing career as a translator and a scholar. He switched to writing fiction and brought out his first novel, Jewels, in 1985. He has published one book of poetry, three of literary nonfiction, three collections of short fiction and four novels. He has just had a recent lapse and (for his sins) gone back to another scholarly project, The Literary History of Saskatchewan (forthcoming, January, 2013), for which he was the general editor. Currently in recovery from this project, he is now writing a novel. In response to numerous critical commentaries, his mother wrote: "I don't care what all those critics say. He was always a good boy."

MARILYN DUMONT is of Cree/Métis ancestry. Since 1985, Marilyn has been published in numerous Canadian literary journals, and her work has been widely anthologized as well as broadcast on radio and television. Her first collection A Really Good Brown Girl: Poems won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, presented by the League of Canadian Poets, for the best first collection of poetry that year by a Canadian writer. Her second collection green girl dreams mountains: poems won the 2001 Stephan G. Stephansson Award from the Writer’s Guild of Alberta. Marilyn has taught at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen University-College in Vancouver and at the University of Alberta. She has been writer-in-residence at the universities of Alberta, Windsor, Toronto and Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton

BARBARA KLAR is an award-winning Canadian poet who has been publishing her work in journals, anthologies, and books for over twenty years. Her collections are The Night You Called Me a Shadow (Coteau Books, 1993), The Blue Field (Coteau Books, 1999), and Cypress (Brick Books, 2008). She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Gerald Lampert Award, the Joseph Stauffer Prize, and the Wallace Stegner Grant for the Arts. She has worked as a tree planter, editor, workshop leader, freelance writer for both print and radio, and as a mentor at the Banff Centre's Wired Writing Studio.

JEANETTE LYNES is the author of six books of poetry and one novel. Her novel, The Factory Voice, published in 2009 by Coteau Books, was longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award. Her latest poetry book is Archive of the Undressed, published by Wolsak and Wynn. She is Coordinator of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

Playwright, poet, and teacher, DANIEL DAVID MOSES is a Delaware from the Six Nations Reserve. His plays include Coyote City, a nominee for the 1991 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, his most studied, Almighty Voice and His Wife, and Kyotopolis. He is also the author of four books of poems, the most recent A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems (2012) and a co-editor of Oxford University Press' An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English, the 20th Anniversary Edition also 2012. Other recent publications include a new edition of Almighty Voice and His Wife, River Range, a CD of a suite of poems with music by David Deleary, and, as editor, The Exile Book of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama. His honours include a James Buller Memorial Award (for the play The Indian Medicine Shows), the Harbourfront Festival Prize and a Chalmers Fellowship. He teaches playwriting in the Drama Department, Queen’s University as an Associate Professor.

CURTIS PEETEETUCE is Cree (nehiyaw) from the Beardy's & Okemasis First Nation. He is an actor, writer, director and musician. Since 2001, he has had the honour of working with many talented artists in theatre, radio drama, music and film. Selected highlights include Persephone Theatre (2011 Youth Tour of Secret Life of the Octopus and Wrecked, Bannock Republic), SNTC (Where The Blood Mixes, Thunderstick) CBC Radio (Out in the Cold, Red Moon) and Rabbit Fall, season 2. Curtis dedicates all his efforts and accomplishments to his beautiful son Mahihkan.

CANDACE SAVAGE has just celebrated the publication of her 28th book, A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape. More personal—and darker—than her previous work, the book “offers both a shocking new version of plains history and an unforgettable portrait of the windswept, shining country of the Cypress Hills.” She teaches non-fiction writing at St. Peter’s College and lives in Saskatoon and Eastend.

PAUL SEESEQAUSIS is a writer, journalist, editor, storyteller, broadcaster and arts policy advisor. He was the founding editor of the award-winning Aboriginal Voices magazine, recipient of the MacLean-Hunter journalist award and has been a journalist in Canada, Russia and Cuba. His short stories and feature writing has been published in numerous books or aired nationally and internationally. Tobacco Wars, his first novel, was published in 2010 by Quattro Books. His Republic of Tricksterism is on the curriculum of universities world-wide. He is currently collaborating on a grahic novel version of the Popul Vuh with Gesu Mora, the only Canadian artist to receive the Guggenheim fellowship in 2011 and is also at work on a new novel Two Lane Blacktop.

SEÁN VIRGO was born in Malta, and grew up in South Africa, Ireland and the U.K. He has lived on two of our three coasts and many places between, but southwest Saskatchewan has been his home for the last 12 years. He worked for the Scottish Nature Conservancy and as a Canadian has been a sheep farmer, a logger, a teacher and an editor. His anthology The Eye in the Thicket, essays at a natural history has been widely praised. He was awarded the Haig-Brown Centennial Chair at the University of Victoria in 2008. He has published a dozen books of poetry and fiction, and has won national magazine awards in both genres, as well as CBC and BBC competitions for short stories. His new collection, Dibidalen, ten stories, will be published this September.

JENNIFER WYNNE WEBER is a playwright, novelist, and actor based in Saskatoon, SK. Her first novel Defying Gravity, was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year. Her first play, Beside Myself, has been produced in Saskatoon and Vancouver and was published in 2001. Her newest drama, White Lies (formerly title Whistling at the Northern Lights), was recently presented as a staged reading in New York at the award-winning Off-Broadway Theatre Urban Stages. That theatre also nominated the play for a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in the fall of 2010. Jennifer also has an extensive background in television writing and production and is an active member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Literary agents/ consultants:

ANITA LARGE is a Publishing Consultant and an associate member of the Association of Canadian Publishers. Her former roles in publishing include Publisher of Theytus Books, Association of Book Publishers of BC Second Vice-President, member of the Canadian Literary Delegation to Russia, and the National Aboriginal Cultural Products Advisory Committee to the Department of Canadian Heritage. She taught Aboriginal Publishing at Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Emerging Writers Workshop and the Yellowknife Catholic School Board. She holds an International Studies degree, a certificate in Publishing and in Executive General Management. Anita is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation.

CAROLYN SWAYZE established the Carolyn Swayze Agency in 1994, when W. P. Kinsella persuaded her to leave her law practice and to sign him as her first client. Carolyn’s background included a previous life as a freelance writer, (humour, business, literary fiction), a novelist (a genre mystery published in 1977 in the US and a literary novel, publication of which was aborted when the Canadian publisher declared bankruptcy in 1984), and a rather scholarly biography, published in 1987. Since 1994 the agency has had the pleasure of assisting emerging and established authors realize their publication dreams. Their ages have ranged from 22 to 84 years.

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To register for the conference, please fill out the registration form and submit it to the SWG office with your payment. Please use one of the following payment methods:

  • PayPal
  • send a cheque or money order made payable to the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild to the SWG Regina office (Box 3986, Regina SK, S4P 3R9)
  • drop off cash at the Regina office: we are located at Suite 100, 1150 - 8th Avenue, Regina SK 

For more information contact the Program Manager at (306) 791-7743 or programs@skwriter.com

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