WRITING NORTH 5:Our Wits About Us
When: January 22-24, 2015
Where: Grad Commons, Emmanuel and St. Chad, 1337 College Drive, University of Saskatchewan | Saskatoon, SK
Presenters: Catherine Banks, Pam Bustin, John Donlan and Trevor Strong
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. Now in its fifth year, Writing North features four established writers.
Writing North begins with a MFA gathering on Thursday evening at The Woods Alehouse, 148 2nd Ave. N, Saskatoon.
The festival continues on Friday afternoon with a panel discussion involving all four writers, focusing on the theme of humour in writing. The evening will feature readings by all four writers, with selections focusing on the theme,and a reception.
On Saturday our writers will conduct workshops related to their particular forms: Catherine Banks (drama), Pam Bustin (fiction), John Donlan (poetry) and Trevor Strong (fiction). 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 22: MFA Gathering
(LOCATION: The Woods Alehouse, 148 2nd Ave. N., Saskatoon)
Friday, January 23: 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 24: Craft Talks
11:00- 11:50 am -- Catherine Banks: “Light and Dark: Writing the Fine Line(dancing) of Bleak Humour."
Lunch at Louis
2:00-2:50 pm -- Pam Bustin: “You Gotta Laugh - Survival Tips For Novelists and Storytellers”
3:00-3:50 pm -- Trevor Strong: "Humour is a Funny Thing."
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Catherine Banks’ plays include It is Solved by Walking, Bone Cage, Three Storey Ocean View, and Bitter Rose. Bone Cage, won the Governor General’s Award for Literature Drama 2008 and It is Solved by Walking won the GG in 2012. In 2012 Tant per Tant translated and toured It Is Solved By Walking in Catalonia as part of their remarkable Connexio canadenca project. Her newest plays are Miss N Me, and her adaptation of Ernest Buckler’s remarkable novel The Mountain and the Valley. Banks was awarded Nova Scotia’s Established Artist Award (2008) and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (2012).
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