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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!

The SWG will be operating a book table at our SWG 2018 Conference. If you are attending our conference, and would like to include your books, please note the following information:
  • Books may be dropped off Friday Oct 19 between 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Riverside Lounge or Saturday Oct 20 between 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the book table in the Oak Room. 
  • All books must be picked up before 10:00 a.m. Sunday, October 20.

Pre-Registration is now closed! Registrations will be accepted at the door, but please ensure you arrive early to allow time to register and pay before your desired session. 

Saturday Oct. 20 Conference Schedule


10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

“The Busy-ness of Writing”
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.

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

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

Featuring winners of the John V. Hicks Award.


Concurrent Session Blurbs

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

“What the Punk?” Halli Lilburn
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?"
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.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

“You Can’t Stand Still: Creating Community”
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”
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. 

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

“These are the Daves of our Lives”
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
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. 


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

Saturday Oct. 2 Conference Schedule

“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 to learn about creating writing groups and have the chance to meet other writers who want to form a group. 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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