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November 27, 2018

NaNoWriMo Write-Ins

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

When: Saturday, November 3 and 17, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20, and 27, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Ken Mitchell Library, SWG Offices, 100 - 1150 8th Ave, Regina

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On Nov. 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. 

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

This year the SWG is again partnering with NaNoWriMo Regina region to help enhance this month-long writing event. (Consider joining your local region! Visit https://nanowrimo.org and look up your region to find out more about events in your area.) Two of the write-ins will include facilitated workshops. 

Sheena Koops will lead a workshop on November 6 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. called, “If She Can Do It, So Can I – The Process”. 

Shortly after Sheena Koops’ first novel was published she sat with Maureen Ulrich at a SWG Conference and talked about her book and the publishing process. Fast forward to a few years later and another conversation with Maureen, and Maureen thanked Sheena for sharing her process. She confessed that she thought, “If Sheena can publish a book, so can I.” Since then, Maureen has published many times. This phenomena has happened to Sheena over and over in her life. On the ski hill, she will teach beginners how to snow plough on the green slopes and within hours (often minutes) they are skiing right past her onto the blue squares and black diamonds. In grade five, Sheena taught Jeannie MacDonald to triple jump, and she took first while Sheena came third. Join Sheena Koops as she helps you move confidently in the direction of a completed manuscript. Through writing prompts, examples and exercises, she will help you feel inspired and lead you to believe, “If She Can Do It, So Can I”.

Marie Powell will lead a workshop on November 27 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. called, “You CAN get there from here!” 
You’re so close! As NaNoWriMo enters its final phase, why not look for inspiration from a new direction? Dig deeper into point of view, world building, and story sense for your next writing sprint. Join Marie Powell to find your second wind and cross the finish line in style!

Sheena Koops has taught in urban, First Nations and rural Saskatchewan within private, band, community, and public schools for over twenty years. She is a published author (Voice of the Valley, 2006), but Sheena and her husband Michael agree that their best accomplishments are their children: Victoria (and her husband, Tyler), Moira (and her husband, Chris), and Arwen. The Koops’ live in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley, Treaty Four Territory where Sheena blogs her Treaty Walks (www.treatywalks.blogspot.com). Sheena was shortlisted for Canada's 2015 Governor General Award for History Teaching. She is a strong proponent of Action Research and is the Past President of The Doctor Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research into Teaching. Sheena's most recent narrative, "As Long as the Grass Grows: Walking, Waiting and Singing Treaty Education" was published in Canadian Curriculum Studies: A Metissage of Inspiration/Imagination/Interconnection (Canadian Scholars, 2018). 


Marie Powell is the author of 40 published children and young adult books. Her award-winning short fiction and poetry appear in such literary magazines as Room and subTerrain, while her nonfiction can be found in print, broadcast and online markets. She leads popular writing workshops across the region, and she has been fiction/nonfiction editor of SWG's Spring magazine and editor (twice) of Windscript.

For more information, please contact:
Cat Abenstein, Program Coordinator
T: 306.791.7746
E: swgevents@skwriter.com


Melissa Peters and Darcy Summers, NaNoWriMo Regina Coordinators
E: peters.m.j.a@gmail.com
E: grlgoddess.101@gmail.com


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