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October 21, 2016

2016 SWG Fall Conference/¬nskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival: 20/20 Vision

Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Organization: Saskatchewan Writers' Guild

Location: Saskatoon Inn, 2002 Airport Dr., Saskatoon

2016 SWG Fall Conference/Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival:
20/20 Vision  

All events at the Saskatoon Inn, 2002 Airport Dr, Saskatoon (unless otherwise noted)
Phone: 306.242.1440
Hotel Block Code: Writers' Conference
Rate: $145.00 per night

2016 Fall Conference Registration Form - Fillable PDF

Online registrations are now closed! Registrations can be made in person at the conference.

If you are an SWG member planning on selling your books at our Conference, please fill in our Book Table Form. Books can be dropped off at the Saskatoon Inn on Thursday evening between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. or at the book table on Friday from 9:00 a.m. onward. Books must be picked up from the book table by noon on Saturday.

Thursday October 20, 2016
Location:  20th Station West, 1120 20th St W., Saskatoon, SK

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Celebrating Our Story-iors

Please join us for good food and good words, Métis fiddling, an honour song for the writers and story tellers, and a walk-about with Aboriginal authors (in many genres) who have published or produced a work in the past two years (2014-2016). A formal program will follow featuring spoken word poets and story-iors Shawn Joseph aka Overflow, Colleen Charlette, and Dawn Dumont.

6:00 p.m.     Doors Open                    
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.      Fiddle music by Dallas Boyer and Phil Boyer                    
6:30 p.m.      Introductions and welcome; Elder Opening                     
6:40 p.m.      Food                    
7:00 p.m.      Honour Song (Saskatoon Women's Drum Group)                    
7:15 p.m.      Walk about and dessert with the authors                    
8:00 p.m.      Colleen Charlette                    
8:10 p.m.      Shawn Joseph aka Overflow                    
8:20 p.m.      Dawn Dumont                   
9:00 p.m.      Closing; fiddlers play     

SAWCI extends heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors and partners for their generosity: O’Reilly Insurance, Eagle Feather News, Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, Saskatchewan Arts Board, and SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust, and the Clarence Campeau Development Fund.


Friday October 21, 2016
Location: All Friday and Saturday events occur at the Saskatoon Inn, 2002 Airport Drive, Saskatoon, SK

9:30 a.m. - Registration Table Opens

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Ânskohk presents: Twenty-first Century Tell-a-vision: Fording the dream - Workshop/panel with Rita Bouvier, Wilfred Burton, Karon Shmon, David Carpenter

Join our presenters for a vigorous discussion on fording protocol relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous writing communities from the present into the future within the spirit of reconciliation. With a nod to oral storytelling and bridging our collective First Nations and Métis histories to our stories of present-day, the workshop will illustrate not just peaceful co-existence but allow the possibility of peaceful co-prosperity.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Ânskohk Lunch with Keynote Zoey Pricelys Roy

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Saying I Do: Seeing Yourself as a Writer - dennis cooley, Harold Johnson, Randy Lundy, Suzette Mayr
Are we engaged to language? Have we found ourselves married to the page? How and why did we ever become writers? Is it time for a divorce? Creating and living the writing life is a contradiction where we are blinded by doubts, fears, failed action, rejection, acceptance, and a multitude of other high stress problems and platitudes. How do writers stay productive and sane (or insane) throughout the writing process? Join dennis cooley, Harold Johnson, Randy Lundy and Suzette Mayr as they explore how they’ve wed their writing dreams, or separated themselves from the process. This session is in partnership with the Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Ânskohk presents: My Opia: Writing As Resistance - Randy Lundy, Curtis Peeteetuce
Writing fiction is often agreeable. How do we write out, against what is happening around us? Our environment is often a myopic world, void of imagination. How do we write as a means of opposition, or as refusal? How do we not succumb to the temptation or pressure of anyone or anything, and write as resistance? Randy Lundy and Curtis Peeteetuce will share their multi-genre lens for re-envisioning writing that resists prescription.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tunnel Vision: Writing and Travel  - Shelley Banks, Lisa Guenther
Tired of the same east window sunrise, the same west window sunset? Has our vision been narrowed by writing nothing but novels, short stories and poems? What would it be like to write about different places, new settings, and innovative inventions? How do we go about creating and marketing articles? Do we include photos? What is the process for journalism about place? Join Shelley Banks and Lisa Guenther as they double your optical expectations on travel writing/photo journalism, sharing with you how to market your writing, what to write about place(s) and the obstacles, challenges and rewards.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. On the Lookout: Observation by Poetry - dennis cooley, Carla Braidek
Can’t see the forest for the trees? Sure. That’s cliché--a common problem in writing poetry. How do we look at and write about nature differently, ingeniously? How do we take our farsighted thinking and narrow it down to the creative details. Can poetry be both meditative and cathartic and can it be means of opposing our environment? Poets dennis cooley and Carla Braidek will help you shake your focus off the blurred aspens and provide tips and tricks for writing clearly about the landscape.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Visual Acuity: When to Show and Tell - Suzette Mayr, David Carpenter
Rules, rules, everywhere there’s rules. Show, don’t tell rules are everywhere. Should we follow them? How do we show without telling? How do we dramatize the story without redundancy and boring statements? Authors Suzette Mayr and Lauren Carter take their writing binoculars out to zoom in on how and why details and showing is important to fiction. Their tips will help you sharpen your language’s focus and strengthen your stories!

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. SAWCI (Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc.) AGM

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Supper on Your Own

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Caroline Heath Lecture: Harold Johnson

“Everything in the Universe is Story and so are You and I”

8:45 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Outlaw Love Open Mic (hosted by Gerald Hill) / Social / President’s Jam Session

Saturday October 22, 2016

8:45 a.m. - Registration Table Opens

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Community Engagement—Flo Frank

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Fiction Workshop: See Sawing: Tottering with Fiction - Suzette Mayr
In this 90 minute workshop session, Suzette Mayr will explore how writers can create narrative/plot to help develop their fiction writing and explore methods on how to move forward the story line. This workshop is open to all writing levels and includes several short exercises as well as give tips and pointers about the process and craft of writing.

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Poetry Workshop: See Sawing: Tottering with Poetry - dennis cooley
dennis cooley will lead participants in this 90 minute workshop session, focusing on the creation of poetry. The workshop is open to all levels and will look at how writers can develop metaphor, use line breaks, and other poetic devices to successfully create poetry as well as give tips and pointers about the process and craft of writing.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  John V. Hicks Luncheon

2:00 p.m. - SWG AGM

2016 Fall Conference Registration Form - Fillable PDF

Send in your registration form to communications@skwriter.com or by mail. Payments can be made by cheque, or online through PayPal or Credit Card.

If you are an SWG member planning on selling your books at our Conference, please fill in our Book Table Form. Books can be dropped off at the Saskatoon Inn on Thursday evening by appointment only* or at the book table on Friday from 9:00 am onward. Books must be picked up from the book table by noon on Saturday.

*To schedule a Thursday evening book drop off, please contact communications@skwriter.com or 306-791-7747.

Presenter Bios

Shelley Banks holds Master’s Degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing, and has worked as a reporter, freelance writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and corporate publications in Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Regina. In addition to her poetry collection (Exile on a Grid Road), her work has been published in national newspapers and leading literary magazines in Canada. Shelley has also studied photography and created popular photo-based blogs about prairie birds, wildflowers and writers.

Rita Bouvier has three collections of poetry from Thistledown Press. nakomowin’sa for the seasons was winner of the Saskatchewan Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award in 2016, papîyâhtak (2004) and Blueberry Clouds (1999). Better that Way (2008), a children’s book published by Gabriel Dumont Publishing was nominated for the 2009 Saskatoon (Sk.) Award. Bouvier’s poetry has been translated into Spanish, German and Michif. Her work has appeared in literary anthologies, musicals and television productions.

Carla Braidek lives and writes in the boreal forest near Big River. In 2005, her book Carrying the Sun (Thistledown, 2005) was short-listed for the Best Poetry Book in the Saskatchewan Book Awards. She was published Hagios Press anthology Fast Forward - New Saskatchewan Poets and has a chapbook Quickening. Her latest poetry collection A Map In My Blood (Thistledown) was published in the spring of 2016.

Wilfred Burton grew up in the Midnight Lake area of Sask. He was an elementary teacher and university instructor. He currently does contract work for various publishers and school divisions. He’s the author of several children’s picture books: Fiddle Dancer series, Roogaroo Mickey, Road Allowance Kitten and the Taanishi books. His love of Métis storytelling, fiddle music and dance was a gift from his mother, Georgina Nolin. He shares this love with various organizations and schools.

David Carpenter is a Saskatoon novelist, short story writer, editor and poet. His collection of novellas Welcome to Canada won Foreword Review’s silver medal for short fiction and the Independent Booksellers’ Association gold medal for Canadian Fiction in 2010. In 2011, his memoir A Hunter’s Confession, won the Saskatchewan Book Awards Book of the Year and in 2015, he won the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. He is currently editing Vol. 3 of the Literary History of Saskatchewan.

dennis cooley grew up in Saskatchewan and lives in Winnipeg. He has published 25 books, including 20 books of poetry, 2 anthologies, and three books of criticism. Latest titles: abecedarium, departures, and the home place. He is working on a new collection of animal poems.

Lisa Guenther is a writer and agricultural journalist based in north-west Saskatchewan. She’s a staff writer with Grainews and Country Guide. She has served as president of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation and is the current president of the Saskatchewan Farm Writers’ Association. Friendly Fire is her first novel.

Born and raised in Northern Saskatchewan, Harold Johnson is the author of Billy Tinker, Back Track, and Charlie Muskrat. Johnson’s writing incorporates traditional Cree mythology and is informed by his connection to the land. The Cast Stone won the 2011 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction and his dystopian novel Corvus was short-listed for the Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award at the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards. Johnson practices law in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, and balances this with operating his family's traditional trap line using a dog team.

Randy Lundy is a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) First Nation. Born in northern Manitoba, he has lived most of his life in Saskatchewan. He has published two previous books, Under the Night Sun and Gift of the Hawk. 2016 will see the publication of a third books of poems, Blackbird Song. He teaches Indigenous literatures and creative writing in the English Department at Campion College, University of Regina.

Suzette Mayr is the author of four novels. Her most recent novel, Monoceros, won the ReLit Award, the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Book Prize, was longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize, and shortlisted for a Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction, and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction. She is a former President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

Curtis Peeteetuce is Cree from the Beardy's & Okemasis First Nation. Selected highlights include Persephone Theatre (Bannock Republic, A History of Breathing), GTNT (Where The Blood Mixes, Thunderstick) CBC (Out in the Cold, Red Moon) and Rabbit Fall, season 2. He is also the recipient of the Saskatoon & Area Theatre Award for Outstanding Male Performance and has been nominated as a playwright and sound designer. His new play Popcorn Elder premiered this spring. Curtis is the current Artistic Director at Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre.

Zoey Pricelys Roy is an award winning spoken word poet, performing artist, filmmaker, arts-based educator and social entrepreneur based out of Saskatoon, SK. She is the author of homecoming, a poetic memoir published by Jackpine Press,which is about finding home within yourself while confronting your identity’s baggage. She is a student at the University of Saskatchewan in SUNTEP and will receive her B.Ed in May 2017. Zoey is passionate about giving people opportunities to express their most authentic self through art and does this in her position with the National Arts Centre where she is a Teaching Musician in the Music Alive Program, with Three Things Consultant where she specializes in youth driven movements, building dynamic partnerships and community engagement. She continues to practice her own creative works as a poet and a filmmaker. Her debut album is set to release in 2017.

Karon Shmon is grateful to have grown up listening to her mother share her stories of growing up Métis in a one-room log cabin at Chitek Lake, a place where Karon was fortunate to stay each summer during her own childhood. As Publishing Director at the Gabriel Dumont Institute, she is privileged to work with Elders, storytellers, knowledge keepers, artists, artisans, poets, and authors whose lives are deeply rooted Métis history and culture.

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