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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  

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

10:00-10:50 am -- John Donlan: "Witscraft: Concocting a Poem"

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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Author Bios:

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).

Pam Bustin was born in Regina and raised hither and yon. She currently lives in a wee, book-stuffed, shack on the Kebsquasheshing river in Northern ON. She's written for the stage, for radio, and dabbled in creative-non-fiction. She has yet to publish a poem or write a song worth singing. Her novel, Mostly Happy, won the SBA First Book and Fiction awards, made the Pennsylvania SLA's YA Top Forty Fiction List and won the OLA White Pine Award. She is neck deep in the reVision of her second novel and keeps her wits about her by playing in blogland (pambustin.com).
John Donlan’s collections of poetry are Domestic Economy, Baysville, Green Man, Spirit Engine, and Call Me the Breeze. He is also the author of A Guide to Research at Your Library. He is an editor with Brick Books, and was the 2012/2013  Barbara Moon Editorial Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, teaching narrative medicine. He is the 2014-2015 Writer in Residence at Saskatoon Public Library.
If you've always wanted to read a book about bass players, bumblebees, attempted murder, and children's music, then this book is for you." So says Trevor Strong of his new novel, Edgar Gets Going. In addition to writing books, stories and articles, Strong, who lives in Kingston, creates and performs musical satire with the group, The Arrogant Worms, and teaches creative writing, song writing. He is fascinated by humour and its importance and wrote Understanding Humour: A Teacher's Handbook for his Master of Education degree. One of his songs was once played on the space shuttle Endeavour.

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