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Bernadette Wagner


  • Bernadette Wagner grew up on a small family farm north of Regina, Saskatchewan. The gently rolling parkland instilled in her a love of land, the spirit of the prairies, and a commitment to community. She is a multi-genre writer whose work has been featured in journals and anthologies, newspapers and magazines, on radio and television, film and the web, as well as in schools, on stages and in the streets.

    She completed the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, studying with Rachel Rose, Vancouver Poet Laureate, on a mixed-genre manuscript that explores uranium. Bernadette's previous work netted her a Saskatchewan Writers Guild Short Manuscript Award for Children’s Literature and a Saskatchewan Book Awards nomination for her collection of poetry, This hot place (Thistledown Press, 2010). And she’s been granted Emerging Artist Awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Her second collection of poetry is forthcoming from Radiant Press in 2019.

    Bernadette has served on the boards of several organizations including the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Sage Hill Writing Experience, and as Chair of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival. She was the inaugural writer-in-residence at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre and edited, A Gift of the Prairie, a collection of writings arising from the southern shore of Last Mountain Lake.


  • Electronic Media » Blogs, Websites, Other
  • Fiction » Children's—Middle Years, Children's Writing—Young Adult
  • Music-Related » Lyrics—Alternative, Lyrics—Folk
  • Non-Fiction » Essays, General Non-Fiction, Journalism, Memoir
  • Poetry » Literary

Professional Services

  • Business/Corporate/Government Writing » Grant Applications and Reports, Manuals, Speech Writing
  • Editing » Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing), Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing), Rewriting, Stylistic Editing, Substantive/Structural Editing, Web-based/Online Editing
  • Electronic/Online Media » Web Site Writing
  • Media/Public Relations » Media Releases, Public Service Announcements (PSA)
  • Teaching/Instruction » Professional Development Workshops, Writer-in-Residence


  • This hot place. Thistledown Press, 2010


  » Newspaper, Magazine, & Trade Journal
  • Briarpatch
  • Canadian Dimension
  • Sasquatch
  • the prairie dog

Workshops Offered

  • Blogging 101
    • Group Size:
      • 3-15
      Are you thinking about starting a blog but haven't a clue where to start? Do you want to know what options are available to you? Blogging can be an excellent way to connect with others, market your work, create supportive communities and activate your writing brain.
  • Get it write!
    • Group Size:
      • 3-100
      This workshop is all about writing. Writing exercises will explore sensory detail, concrete language and imagery. All students, no matter their writing level, will experience success. Recommended for Grades 1 to 12.
  • In the write space!
    • Group Size:
      • 3-12
      A half- or full-day exploration of creativity and writing, incorporating exercises in writing and breathing, creative visualization and an introduction to the workshop method.
  • Letters to the Earth
    • Group Size:
      • 3-33
      A half- or full-day exploration of our connection to Earth using a variety of techniques that allow writers to explore, imagine, and express connectivity to a place, be it specific site, the planet as a whole, a pale blue dot in the Cosmos, or in an imagined space. An indoor and outdoor time to create and talk about the written word and creative processes. And, an invitation to produce or prepare a piece to share with others at the end.
  • Step up to the mike!
    • Group Size:
      • 3-15
      Does a microphone make you nervous? Can't stand standing in front of an audience? Want to improve your delivery of your work? If so, this workshop is for you! Learn to attend to the sounds of language, develop your performance skills, experiment with a microphone to build your confidence in putting you and your work on the stage.
  • Two weeks in Japan
    • Group Size:
      • 5-500
      Less than three weeks there, more than 400 photographs, and some writings about the journey to Japan provided the background for this presentation and/or writing workshop. Features the cities of Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Tokyo. Please contact for more information or to tailor this for your purposes.

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
    • Middle School (6-9)
    • Elementary School (K-5)
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