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WRITING NORTH 4: Rascals, Rogues & Outlaws
When: January 23-25, 2014
Where: Neatby-Timlin Theatre, Room 241 - Arts Building, University of Saskatchewan | Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5
Presenters: Catherine Bush, Rosemary Nixon, Alex Porco and Eugene Strickland
All sessions are Free! 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 fourth year, Writing North features four established writers.
Writing North begins with a launch part on Thursday evening featuring readings by U of S students and a Special Guest Star!
The festival continues on Friday afternoon with a panel discussion involving all four writers, focusing on the theme of misfits and dissidence in writing. The evening will feature readings by all four 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: Catherine Bush (fiction), Rosemary Nixon (fiction), Alex Porco (poetry) and Eugene Strickland (drama). 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.
Thursday, January 23: Launch Party
(LOCATION: back room at Amigo's Cantina -- 632-10th Street East, Saskatoon)
7:00-9:00 p.m. - Writing North Launch Party featuring readings by U of S students with a Special Guest Star! Hosted by Ken Williams (note that the starting time for this event has moved to 7:00 p.m.)
Friday, January 24: Discussion and Reading
4:00-5:30 p.m. - Panel
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Reception
7:00-9:00 p.m. - Reading
Saturday, January 25: Craft Talks
9:30 - 10:20 a.m. - “Ready To Be Lucky: Tossers, Plonkers, and other Lovable Losers”
- Rosemary Nixon
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. - "Against Poetry" - Alex Porco
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Intermission
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. - “There’s Someone in My Head and It’s Not Me”
- Eugene Strickland
2:30 - 3:20 p.m. - "How to Write About Those Accused of Crimes (but not necessarily
guilty of them)" - Catherine Bush
3:30 - 4:20 p.m. - Launch of Literary History of Saskatchewan Vol.2 - David Carpenter and guests
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Catherine Bush is the author of Accusation (GLE, 2013), Claire’s Head (M&S, 2004), shortlisted for the Trillium Award and chosen as a Best Book of the Year by the Globe and Mail, The Rules of Engagement (HarperCollins, 2000), shortlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award, and chosen as a New York Times Notable Book, a Best Book of the Year by the LA Times, and Globe and Mail and Minus Time (HarperCollins, 1993) shortlisted for the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. She is the Coordinator of the Creative Writing MFA at the University of Guelph.
Rosemary Nixon is a short story writer, novelist, and freelance writer. Her collection Mostly Country was shortlisted for the Howard O’Hagan Award. Her collection The Cock’s Egg won the Howard O’Hagan Award. Her novel Kalila was shortlisted for the Georges Bugnet Award and longlisted for the ReLit award. She has published in literary magazines across Canada and discovered the beginnings of Are You Ready to Be Lucky? on a fellowship at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland. Her home is in Calgary. She is the current Writer-In-Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library.
Alex Porco is Assistant Professor of English, specializing in twentieth-century poetry and poetics, hip-hop music and culture, and the theory and practice of the avant-garde. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as Open Letter, Postmodern Culture, and Callaloo. Porco is the author of two books of poetry: The Jill Kelly Poems (2005) and Augustine in Carthage (2008)— both published by ECW Press. He is currently at work on a third book of poetry, titled The Minutes, also to be published by ECW Press.
Eugene Stickland wrote plays in Toronto for the Act IV Theatre Company before moving to Calgary in 1994. He worked for 10 years as Alberta Theatre Projects’ playwright in residence. Past works include Two Plays by Eugene Stickland (Red Deer Press, 1998), Some Assembly Required (Broadview Press, 2002), Midlife (Broadview Press, 2002), Writer’s Block (B House Publication, 2008), and Queen Lear (B House Publications, 2009). He is currently working on several new projects, including a volume of poetry, Nocturnal Emissions and a new play, Those White Things in the Ocean. Eugene was recently appointed writer in residence at Calgary’s St. Mary’s University College and teaches English at Alberta Business and Educational Services.