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2013 SWG Fall Conference in partnership with
Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival

Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Writing and the Environment

November 1-3, 2013 | Regina, SK

Note: All Events at Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre (4177 Albert Street South, Regina, SK)

Phone: 306.586.3443

Hotel block code: CGSWG3

Rate: $119.95 per night

2013 SWG Conference Program is available here!

Friday November 1, 2013

12:30 p.m.                    Registration table opens

1:00 p.m.—2:15 p.m.      Alienation and Belonging: Writing and the Environment
From established to emerging, diversity of surroundings and environment helps shape writers. Join Tim Wynne-Jones, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Andréa Ledding, and Richard Van Camp as they converse on what, why, and how their writing is wrought by the environment.

2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.      Ecological Practice: Writing the Big Issues
Got issues? Oil in your sand? Cows in the pasture? Richard Van Camp talks about why and how to write about the subjects that are important to us.

2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.      Buy Me a River: Crowd Funding and Writing
Is there money to be made from writing? Instead of crying about it, source out the money! Join authors Arthur Slade and Suzanne Paschall as they lead us through the pitfalls and perils of getting a book out of someone else’s buck.

3:45 p.m.—4:45 p.m.      Zen and the Art of Tractor Maintenance
Place, play and writing—how our environment continues to influence our creative thinking even after we’ve moved away. Join Mitch Spray and Gerald Hill as they explore the vital way our place of residence and what surrounds us informs our writing.

3:45 p.m.—4:45 p.m.      Bio-networking: Mining Life’s Back Story
How do you write from memory or experience? From John A. to Anne McDonald, or maybe family camping with Richard Van Camp, our authors offer you tips to dig memory out of the mind’s quarry, and carry it out onto the page.
5:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m.       Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc. AGM

Supper on your own

6:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.       Registration Table Opens   
7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.       Social/New Member Reception
8:00 p.m.—9:15 p.m.       Caroline Heath Memorial Lecture: "In Search of a Sense of Place: Writing into the Environment” - Tim Wynne-Jones
9:15 p.m.—10:00 p.m.     Social

Saturday November 2, 2013

9:00 a.m.—9:30 a.m.       SWG Stakeholders Session (Free event - Members only)

9:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m.      SWG Foundation Legacy Project Presentation 

10:15 a.m.—11:45 a.m.    Workshops—

Questionable Character: Creating Believable Characters in YA Fiction Workshop
Does groovy still get you down? 23 skidoo rock the chair? How do you know your character is right for your story? How do you create a believable youth or teen? Tim Wynne-Jones will lead you through various exercises that help sharpen your character’s features. Crazy man, can you dig it?

Take it Back—Editing and Poetry
Enjoy the fundamentals of editing with editor and poet Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm as she discusses editing, poetry and skills about reducing words for meaning, clarity and function and style.

12:00 p.m.—1:15 p.m.        Ânskohk Aboriginal Festival Luncheon Event--with Gregory Scofield 

1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m.   Six Degrees of Separation: Learning the C’s of Craft, Community and Challenges
MFA, MA or what else eh? Join Andréa Ledding, Chris Fisher, Kelly-Anne Riess and BD Miller as moderator Katherine Lawrence leads them through the pros and cons of craft and creating a community of writers and writing with or without educational degrees.

2:45 p.m.—3:45 p.m.       Reading: Tim Wynne-Jones and Richard Van Camp   

4:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.       Grain Celebration—40 years!

6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.       TWUC Cocktails and John V. Hicks Dinner

8:00 p.m.—11:00 p.m.      Open Mic (Theme: MUTTS)

Sunday November 3, 2013

9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.   SWG AGM

The Guild’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in conjunction with the fall Conference. The AGM takes place on Sunday following the Conference and is an event where only SWG members can vote.

Board Nomination Form

Criteria for Nominations to the Board

SWG Resolution Form

SWG Resolution Guidelines

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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 (word document registration form can be found here.) 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

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The book table is open the following hours at the Travelodge South:

Friday: 12:30—5:00 p.m. and 6:45—10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:45 a.m.—12:00 noon and 1:15—5:00 p.m.

Members and presenters of the conference can leave up to five copies of a title at any one time. Please make sure the price is clearly marked on the book (rounded up to the nearest dollar and includes GST). It is the author's responsibility to fill in the log-in sheet (author's name and book info--the number of books per title).

All unsold book must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 at the Travelodge South.

After the conference, we'll send you a cheque for the amount owing after your sales (less 10% for administrative costs).


Book Table Form 2013

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Conference Bios

Caroline Heath Lecturer:

Tim Wynne-Jones has written 32 books including novels for young and old, picture books and three short story anthologies. His collection Some of the Kinder Planets won the Governor General's Award as well as the Boston Globe—Horn Book Award. His novel The Maestro won Tim his second G.G. and was short-listed for the Guardian Prize in the UK.
Conference Presenters:
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is an Anishinaabe writer and publisher from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation at Neyaashiinigmiing, in Southwestern Ontario. Her award winning publishing company, Kegedonce Press is one of a very few literary publishers devoted to Indigenous writers. A spoken word artist and poet, she has released two collaborative poetry and music cds.
Chris Fisher has published three short story collections. His first book of short stories, Sun Angel (Coteau Books) won the Saskatchewan Book Awards' Publishers Prize. Chris was a participant writer in the inaugural Wired Writing Studio at The Banff Centre in 2000 and for the past 11 years has served as the Wired Writing program's technical advisor.

Two-time winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry, Gerald Hill was born along the Trans-Canada highway and still lives there, teaching English and Creative Writing at Luther College at the University of Regina. NeWest Press will publish his sixth collection, Hillsdale Book, in 2014.
Katherine Lawrence is the author of two collections of poetry, both published by Coteau Books: Ring Finger, Left Hand (2000), winner of Best First Book, Saskatchewan Book Awards; and Lying to Our Mothers (2006), finalist for the Anne Szumigalski Award. 

Andréa Ledding is an award-winning Saskatoon-based writer, editor, translator, and mother of many, descended from various cultures of storytellers and orators, a genetic stew of literary tradition served with a side of bannock. She is a member of the inaugural cohort of the new MFA in Writing program at the U of S.
In 2012, Anne McDonald’s book To the Edge of the Sea won a Saskatchewan Book Award. One of the things she loves about writing is the exploration of the past — the interaction and impact the public and the personal have on each other. She also teaches and studies improv where the focus is on play and discovery of one’s uniqueness — their creative history.  
Playwright and fiction writer BD Miller received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 2011. His full-length musical drama Swept Off Our Feet: Boris Karloff and the Regina Cyclone premièred in July 2012 at the Regina Performing Arts Centre as a production of Regina Summer Stage.
Suzanne Paschall is editor in chief and owner of Indie Ink Publishing in Saskatoon, which has been experimenting with crowdfunding to mitigate risk and improve the cash flow of book production, and to build marketing buzz. Indie is also a member of the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada.
Kelly-Anne Riess is the author of the bestselling books The Saskatchewan Book of Everything and I Love Saskatchewan. Her first collection of poetry, To End a Conversation, was featured on CBC and on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor. As a freelance journalist, she has written for such publications as the Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic. She has a Master of Arts in English (specializing in creative writing) and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Regina. 
Arthur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills and began writing at an early age. He is the author of seventeen books for young adults, including Dust (which won the Governor General's Award), Tribes, and The Hunchback Assignments. He has also recently successfully crowdfunded the creation of a graphic novel: Modo: Ember's End. He lives in Saskatoon.
Mitch Spray has a background in farming, road construction and academia. His poetry about work on and off the farm has appeared in The Antigonish Review and in the chapbook Farm Raised (JackPine Press 2011) which is bound in baler belting as well as The History of Naming Cows (Hagios Press 2013).
Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, NWT. He is the author of 11 books and his novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a movie with First Generation Films. His new collection of short stories is Godless but Loyal to Heaven with Enfield & Wizenty.

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