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series of writing workshops presented by the Saskatchewan
Writers’ Guild (SWG) and the 2014
North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), facilitated by Samantha Racette. All workshops will take place in the SWG tipi in the Cultural Village at the NAIG.
July 21 -
26 from 11am to 5pm every day
are open to all ages. Drop-ins welcome.
the Self: 11am to 12pm
workshop is about participants opening up to others and sharing a fun story
about themselves. Similar to a sharing circle, participants will share and
experience a healing. They will be given the option to write down their story.
By opening up in a positive way and returning to the oral traditions, we can
create a new world and begin to express ourselves freely.
Traditional Stories from a Different POV: 12:15pm to 1:15pm
will listen to a local traditional story. They will then be given a paper and
pencil to write from the point of view of one character in the story. E.g.
Creation stories include the eagle and the buffalo, so the POV will be from one of
the animals. This process allows for individual understanding, creativity
and imagery to come out through their own works while also gaining skills on
the storytelling or writing avenue.
Person: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
From a list
of Canada’s missing Indigenous women, the facilitator will choose a name.
Participants will make missing persons posters for the missing Indigenous
woman. This workshop is to bring about awareness of the missing Indigenous
women in Canada and will be used with sensitivity. Afterwards
the posters will be hung on the inside of the tipi (outside if weather
First: 2:45pm to 3:45pm
facilitator will tell a “First” story of their own experience and ask the
participants to write their own on paper. This could be their first kiss, first
bike, first day of school, etc. Participants will be given the option to share
their story towards the end of the workshop, which encourages and empowers the
participants to get creative and out of their comfort zone.
the Spot: 4pm to 5pm
This is a filmed event. Participants
will begin with a story circle where everyone takes a turn adding to the story
that’s been initiated by the facilitator. The group of participants will choose
a theme for their story and form a line, where one by one they will move into the eye of
the camera and add their own piece to the story. It’s about finding the
participant’s creative muse. At the end of the week, a short film will be created
and posted on the NAIG and SWG website for all to view. An email will be sent
out to the participants once it is posted online.
For more information please contact the Program Assistant, Caelan Reilly, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-791-7746.