2014 SWG Fall Conference in partnership with
Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival:
B-Sides and Other Stories
Note: All Events at the Park Town, 924 Spadina Cres. Saskatoon SK (unless otherwise noted)
Hotel block code: Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
Rate: $149.00 per night
Thursday Oct. 23, 2014
Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival
Station20 West (admission by donation)
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Celebrating Our Story WarriorsPlease join us for stew and bannock, Métis fiddling and a walk-about celebrating Aboriginal authors (in all genres) who have published or produced a work in the past year (2013-2014). A formal program will follow featuring story— iors, Simon Moccasin, Mika Lafond and Lisa Bird-Wilson (Saskatchewan Book Awards 2014 Winner). The evening will close with a round dance.
Friday Oct. 24, 2014
Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival Workshop
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Shaking the Rattle: Poetry as Song and Medicine: A workshop with Gregory Scofield
Métis poet, author, and performer Gregory Scofield is one of Canada’s leading Aboriginal writers whose seven collections of poetry have earned him both national and international audiences. Join Gregory as he discusses song and salve in poetry.
11:00 a.m. Conference Registration table opens
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Mood Swings: Ups and Downs of Writing - Join writers Diane Schoemperlen, Warren Cariou, Cathy Fenwick, Garry Thomas Morse (In partnership with Ânskohk)
Writing is so uplifting and great--other times it’s downright miserable. Join four authors who will share the highs and lows of their writing career. Our authors have all experienced the ups and downs of a writing career, and we can take heart that we’re not alone on the journey.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Breaking Free of the Refrain: Thinking Poetry - with David Seymour and Garry Thomas Morse. (In partnership with Ânskohk)
Can we get a witness? Poetry, what’s your point of view? Join David and Garry as they discuss writing contemporary poetry from the viewpoint of the observer. Learn tips and tricks about writing from different pov’s and about the witness in poetry.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Indigenous Orality and Contemporary Writing of Indigenous Peoples - Deanna Reder, Rita Bouvier, Karon Shmon (host) (In partnership with Ânskohk)
Storytelling is a centuries upon centuries-old art form, cultural practice, and tradition in these territories and across Turtle Island. Members of the Aboriginal editor’s circle share some key opportunities and challenges in publishing from an Indigenous perspective when a thousands-of-years-old performative oral art goes from stage to page. Join us as we talk about writing and write about talking.
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Inside Editing: The Creative Pen - Elizabeth Philips/Robert Calder
Enjoy the fundamentals of editing with editors and writers Elizabeth Philips and Robert Calder as they discuss editing non-fiction so it’s not so dull to bring life to your words.
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Other Voices: Making Room for Difference—Warren Cariou and Alexandra Popoff (In partnership with Ânskohk)
Being politically correct isn’t always easy in today’s shifting society. Authors Warren Cariou and Alexandra Popoff focus on cultural understanding, exploring who can write about what, when, where, and why.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 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 Lecture: Diane Schoemperlen - Break Every Rule (But Not Before You Know What They Are)
No successful piece of writing happens by accident, not even—or especially—those that venture farthest from the traditional literary forms. Known for her adventurous fictional experiments that challenge the conventional confines of the “rules” of form and function, Diane Schoemperlen will explore the theories and techniques behind writing that not only pushes the literary envelope but that reinvents it altogether. If risking it all in writing is like jumping off a cliff, you’ll get better traction and velocity if you understand the foundation of that cliff. Look before you leap and then make up your own rules to shape the story you want to tell.
9:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Social
Networking opportunity for those already in a group or interested in writing groups. Meet and mingle amongst Saskatchewan’s many writing group members
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Fiction Workshop: Story Arcs make Ending Sparks - Alice Kuipers
Help! Do you need somebody? Alice Kuipers will provide exercises on how to make your story sing and will provide ways to help you develop stronger story lines with her workshop on developing story arcs.
Today’s contemporary story-iors (story warriors) are storytellers, survivors, warriors, visionaries and dreamers, their practices based on long-held traditions and ways of seeing the world. Come listen as Warren Cariou spins a tale for hearty consumption over a noon hour meal blessed with the power of words.
Question: What is a simile?
Did you hear the one aboutůme? Everyone’s got a great story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell it. Get some great tips and tricks on memoir writing by Robert Calder and Alexandra Popoff.
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Me, Myself and I: Self-Publishing 2014 - Heather Nickel and Wes Funk
Join Heather Nickel of Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing and self-publishing guru Wes Funk as they lead through the ins and outs of self-publishing.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reading: Diane Schoemperlen, David Seymour, and Garry Thomas Morse (In partnership with Ânskohk)
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cocktails and John V. Hicks Award Dinner
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Home Remedies - Open Mic
For more information contact the Program Manager at (306) 791-7743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caroline Heath Lecturer:
Diane Schoemperlen has published several books of short fiction and three novels. Her collection, Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the 1998 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction. Her latest project is By the Book, a collection of stories illustrated with her own full-colour collages, published by Biblioasis in September 2014.
Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Métis writer whose work has appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies. Bird-Wilson’s book, Just Pretending (Coteau Books), was a finalist for the national Danuta Gleed Literary Award and won several Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year, Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award, Fiction Award, and the Aboriginal People’s Publishing Award.
Rita Bouvier is an educator and writer. She has published two books of poetry, Blueberry Clouds (1999) and pâpiyâhtak (2004) published by Thistledown Press. Gabriel Dumont Institute published a collaborative work with Sherry Farrell-Racette and Margaret Gardiner, Better That Way in 2008. A third publication of poetry is slated for publication Spring, 2015.
Robert Calder is the author or editor of ten books, most of which have been published in Great Britain and the United States, and in translation in Japan and Russia. His Governor General’s Literary Award-winning Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham was described by the Globe and Mail as “an enormously important event for Canadian non-fiction.”
Warren Cariou was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan into a family of Métis and European heritage. He has published fiction, criticism and memoir about Aboriginal cultures in Canada and has co-directed two films about Aboriginal communities in the oil sands region. He directs the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba.
Widely published in magazines, academic journals, and anthologies, Cathy Fenwick has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Her book, Love and Laughter (2004), describes some of the ups and downs of journeying through difficult life events. Cathy’s current mood swings can be attributed to her latest project, a poetry manuscript, exploring multigenerational consequences of covering things up.
Wes Funk is the author of Dead Rock Stars and Cherry Blossoms which won a National CBC Bookie Award. A love of Saskatchewan, a strong belief in diversity, and a passion for pop culture are central themes in his books. He hosts Shaw TV’s weekly program, Lit Happens. Wes Side Story, his long-awaited memoir, was released in 2014.
Gerald Hill is a two-time winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry. His 6th poetry collection, Hillsdale Book, will appear next year from NeWest Press.
Bestselling, award winning author Alice Kuipers moved to Saskatoon from the UK in 2003. Her first novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, was published in 28 countries. She has published three further award-winning YA novels internationally, most recently, The Death of Us. Her first picture book The Best Ever Bookworm Book will be published this December.
Garry Thomas Morse is the author of four poetry titles and four fiction titles, notably Governor-General’s Award poetry finalist Discovery Passages about his ancestral Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations myth, history, and the fallout of Canada's potlatch ban, and also his outlandish speculative fiction series The Chaos! Quincunx.
Heather Nickel is the owner of Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing (YNWP), a small publishing venture that produces books by writers from across Canada. In partnership with its authors, YNWP helps produce some of Canada’s best self-published books. Publishing prairie stories is a great way to indulge Heather’s passion for reading.
Elizabeth Philips has been writing professionally for thirty-five years and is the author of four collections of poetry, mostly recently, Torch River. She has just completed a novel and is now working on a nonfiction project about dogs. She has edited over forty books of poetry and fiction and is the Director of the Banff Centre’s Writing with Style program.
Alexandra Popoff is the author of the 2010 award-winning Sophia Tolstoy: A Biography, the critically acclaimed 2012 biography The Wives: The Women Behind Russia’s Literary Giants, and an upcoming biography Tolstoy’s False Disciple: The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov (November 2014).
While Deanna Reder's Cree speaking Métis family comes from La Ronge, ╬le-à-la-Crosse and Lac Doré, she lives and works in Vancouver, BC. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of First Nations Studies and English at Simon Fraser University teaching courses on Indigenous popular fiction and Indigenous perspectives on Gender and Sexuality.
Gregory Scofield is one of Canada’s leading Aboriginal writers whose seven collections of poetry have earned him both a national and international audience. He is known for his unique and dynamic reading style that blends oral storytelling, song, spoken word and the Cree language. His work is taught at numerous universities and colleges throughout Canada and the U.S.
David Seymour’s first book, Inter Alia, published by Brick Books in 2005, was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award. His second book, For Display Purposes Only, was released by Coach House Books in 2013. He currently lives in Toronto where he works in the film industry.
Karon Shmon is currently Director of Publishing at the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research, a job she loves because it enables her to advocate full-time for the education and training of the Métis and the preservation and promotion of Métis history and culture. The opportunity to work with Métis authors/artists is a highlight of her work.