Talking Fresh is a two-day writers’ festival that targets Regina and a wider Saskatchewan community including aspiring writers and anyone interested in writers and books. In its eleventh year, Talking Fresh tackled the impact of “place.” In 2013, writers and artists explored writing about place and the influence it had on the local and provincial community through the theme of “Writing Canada, Eh?” Talking Fresh 11 presenters were Noah Richler (non-fiction writer), Kimmy Beach (poet), Joel Thomas Hynes (fiction writer), and Chrystene Ells (filmmaker), who took part in a panel discussion, readings and individual sessions.
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 third year, Writing North featured five established writers: Ken Babstock (poetry), C.E. Gatchalian (drama), David Poulsen (fiction), Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (drama), and Candace Savage (non-fiction). Writing North included a panel discussion involving all five writers, focusing on the theme of writing, solitude and audience. The festival also featured readings by all five writers, with selections focusing on the theme, as well as workshops related to their particular forms.