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Announcing our 2018 Fall Conference and AGM!

Please join us for this year’s AGM and Conference on the theme of Easy Writers: Freedom and Writing. 

Registration for the conference opens at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 20th and SWG’s AGM begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, October 21st.

The location is Park Town Hotel, 924 Spadina Cres. East, Saskatoon, SK. 

Featuring Sarah de Leeuw, David A. Robertson, Halli Lilburn, SR Smith, Danica Lorer, Vijay Kachru, Susan Harris, Tenille Campbell, Mika Lafond, David Carpenter, David Margoshes, JJ Robinson, the Indigenous Poets’ Society, and dee Hobsbawn Smith.

See below for more details. We hope to see you there!

You can download the registration form Conference Registration Form 2018, fill it in, and send it to info@skwriter.comPayments can be made by cheque or online through PayPal or Credit Card. We have an early bird special available until October 5, where you can save 20%.

Room bookings can be made at the Park Town Hotel at the rate of $139/night with the group promo code 246522 before September 19th, 2018. You can reach the hotel at 306-244-5564. The address is given above.


You have the option of paying for the full event or selecting individual sessions below:



Saturday Oct. 20 Conference Schedule


“The Busy-ness of Writing”
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

How do you balance the “business” side of writing, while managing the “busy-ness” of it all? David A. Robertson looks at ways writers market, tour, and target their audiences. This presentation includes hands-on activities for participants.

The Busy-ness of being an Author workshop David A. Robinson


“Poetry Workshop”
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

This interactive session with Sarah de Leeuw takes writers through poetic exercises and ideas, helping the craft and construction.

Poetry Workshop featuring Sarah de Leeuw


John V. Hicks Award Luncheon
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Featuring winners of the John V. Hicks Award.

The John V. Hicks Luncheon


Concurrent Session Blurbs

“What the Punk?” Halli Lilburn
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 

Full steam ahead! What is “steampunk” and why do we want to know? Join Halli Lilburn’s presentation machine as she demystifies the genre, both advancing the invention and altering our realities!

“What the "fmsbwtözäu” is Sound Poetry?"
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Listen up! This session explores the experimental and genre-breaking form of sound poetry. A talk and power point presentation featuring scripted narration and historic audio examples, by Steven Ross Smith.

Saturday 1:15 - 2:15 PM - Concurrent Sessions
Choice of Concurrent Session


“You Can’t Stand Still: Creating Community”
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Is freelance writing really that freeing? Do you teeter, then totter? This session creates a conversation about how one finds balance in being active in the community, while finding the time to upkeep writing projects. Danica Lorer, Susan Harris and Vijay Kachru present on juggling personal life, community life, and writing and the ways writers connect to one another. 

“Identity Poetics”
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where are you? How did you get here or there? How do you freely locate yourself in poetry? Can poetry be both freeing and restricting? Tenille Campbell and Mika Lafond discuss the idea of personal poetry and tips for writing freely about the personal. 

Saturday 2:30 - 3:30 PM - Concurrent Sessions
Choice of Concurrent Session


“These are the Daves of our Lives”
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

Friction or fiction? How do you know where to land when you put your foot down on fiction? Can the narrative path be freeing or restrictive? Join our Daves (Carpenter, Margoshes and Robertson) as they walk you through the trail of fictional freedom. 

“Affirmation Station” with J. Jill Robinson and Steven Ross Smith
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

The writing mind is a dangerous place. Or not. Writers, like all artists, need affirmation, both external and internal, but we don’t want to rely too much on the opinions of others. J. Jill Robinson and Steven Ross Smith will speak from their personal experiences with internal and external affirmation (or lack thereof), discussing the drawbacks and benefits of praise. 

Saturday 3:45 - 4:45 PM - Concurrent Sessions
Choice of Concurrent Session


Indigenous Poets Society
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saskatoon’s Indigenous Poets Society is a performance-based group that focuses on culture, art, and spoken word. It is a group where aspiring poets can perform their work in front of an audience, while creating a support network within other Indigenous poets. Founded by Kevin Wesaquate, the group has made itself available for spoken word workshops for any age group.


Heath Lecture –with Sarah de Leeuw
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Literary Non-fiction and Poetry in a Time of Reconciliation: A collection of Writerly Reflections


Open Mic--With Gerry Hill. The theme is "Beauty Tips." 

9:00 p.m.-Midnight


“Speed Dating for Writing Groups”
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Sunday)

If a gathering of wizards is collectively known as an argument, and a group of lapwings is a deceit, what do you call a group of writers? Answer: when you form your new group, you can decide! One of the most frequent pieces of advice a writer receives is, “Join a writers’ group. Get some eyes on your work.” Join dee Hobsbawn-Smith for your chance to ask other writers who want to form a group too. A fountainpen of writers. A memory chip of memoirists. Maybe a persnickety of poets… This session will help create connections and networks for writing groups.

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