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Playing with Our Selves: Writing, Audience and Solitude

When: January 25& 26, 2013
Where: Neatby-Timlin Theatre, Arts Building, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

there is no cost for this event

Writing North is a two-day writers’ festival that targets Saskatoon and a wider Saskatchewan community of aspiring writers and anyone interested in writers and books. In its third year, Writing North features five established writers: Ken Babstock, C.E. Gatchalian, David Poulsen, Donna Michelle St. Bernard, and Candace Savage.

Writing North begins on Friday, January 25, at 4pm, with a panel discussion involving all five writers, focusing on the theme of writing, solitude and audience. The evening will feature readings by all five writers, with selections focusing on the theme, to be followed by a reception.

On Saturday our writers will conduct workshops related to their particular forms: poetry (Babstock), drama (St. Bernard and Gatchalian), non-fiction (Savage), and prose (Poulsen). These workshop style sessions will be practical, and intended for developing writers of all levels. As this festival is intended to be a community outreach event, there will be no charge for this event.

Friday January 25: Discussion and Reading
4:00-5:30 p.m.   Panel discussion
5:30-7:00 p.m.   Reception & launch of Literary History of Saskatchewan
7:00-9:00 p.m.   Public reading

Saturday January 26: Craft talks
9:30-10:20 a.m.   David Poulsen: "My Literary Hero"
10:30-11:20 a.m. Donna Michelle St. Bernard (drama)
1:30-2:20 p.m.    C. E. Gatchalian: "The Voice & the Crowd: Writing for the Stage"  2:30-3:20 p.m.    Candace Savage: "Beside Ourselves in a Sane Sense"
3:30-4:20 p.m.    Ken Babstock: "Who's in the Room?"

Author biographies:

Ken Babstock is the author, most recently, of Methodist Hatchet which won the 2011 Griffin Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. He has written three other collections, Mean, winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People's Poet Award, Days into Flatspin, winner of a K.M. Hunter Award and finalist for the Winterset Prize, and Airstream Land Yacht, finalist for the Griffin Prize for Poetry, the Governor General’s Literary Award and The Winterset Prize, and winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. All four titles were named Globe 100 Books of the Year.

Born, raised and based in Vancouver, C. E. Gatchalian writes drama, poetry, fiction and essays. Recent work includes People Like Vince, a play for young audiences commissioned by Vancouver's Green Thumb Theatre, which this season is touring BC schools and will be presented in Saskatoon by Persephone Theatre, and an essay on Maria Callas which was included in Best Canadian Essays 2011 (Tightrope Books). His latest play, Falling In Time, was published by Scirocco Drama in April 2012. He is currently Co-Artistic Producer of Screaming Weenie Productions.

David A. Poulsen has been a rodeo competitor and rodeo clown, rock singer, high school football coach, stage and film actor, documentary television writer and host, and college English instructor. Since retiring from rodeo competition - he admits to being a not-very-good bareback rider and later an accident-prone rodeo clown, Poulsen has taken up residence in announcer's stands across North America. He is also a successful writer with some 17 published books to his credit. His writing career began in earnest in 1984 when his short story The Welcomin’ won the Alberta Culture Short Story Writing Competition.

Candace Savage’s 28th book, A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape is the 2012 winner of The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize. 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.

DM St. Bernard is an emcee, playwright and arts administrator. Works for the stage include Salome’s Clothes, Cake, The First Stone and Gas Girls which received A Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Herman Voaden Playwriting Award, Enbridge PlayRites Award and Governor General’s Literary Award nomination. DM is the former General Manager of Native Earth Performing Arts and Artistic Director of New Harlem Productions.


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