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Writing North: Writing the Extraordinary

Friday January 20: Panel 3:30 — 5:00 PM,
                            Readings 7:30-11:00 PM (Reception to follow)
Saturday January 21: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Place: Physics 107 at the University of Saskatchewan (see map below)
Fees: program is free

The ICCC's MFA Program, the English and Drama Departments of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Native Theatre, Saskatoon Writers' Coop and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild would like to invite one and all to "Writing North: Writing the Extraordinary."

Our plan is to bring writers we like into town and huddle together to listen to them read and talk about writing and the writer’s life.

Our guest authors this year are acclaimed writers:
Ray Hsu, Kevin Loring, Yvette Nolan, David Bergen and Norman Nawrocki

All events are free, and everyone is welcome.

Partnering and generous support of this event is through the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity, University of Saskatchewan - English and Drama Departments, U of S Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Science, Humanities Research Unit, Role Model Speaker’s Fund of the College of Arts and Science, Canada Council, Saskatchewan Native Theatre, Saskatoon Writers' Coop, SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Lotteries and the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Saskatoon.

Schedule at a glance:

JAN 20

3:30-5:00 PM

Panel Discussion

with Authors

7:30-9:30 PM


by all the Authors

9:30-1:00 PM




9:30 AM

Coffee's On!



9:30-10:20 AM

"Writer or Rock Star?"

Ray Hsu

10:30-11:20 AM

"Staging Dreams: Exploring the Extraordinary in Contemporary Native Theatre"

Kevin Loring


LUNCH on your own


1:30-2:20 PM

“Tricksters and Spirits and Medicine: making worlds out of myth, legend, and history”

Yvette Nolan

2:30-3:20 PM

"Out Stealing"

David Bergen

3:30-4:30 PM

“Tall Tales and Creative Resistance from Urban Badlands: how an anarchist aesthetic rocks it.”

Norman Nawrocki

Biographies of Authors:

Norman Nawrocki works at Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs in the Community Economic Development program, and at Concordia University’s School of Extended Learning. His upcoming publications include ARENA THREE, Anarchists in Music, PM Press, Oakland, 2012, and previously published books such as ORGANIZING!, PM Press, Oakland, 2011, AFFIRMING COLLABORATION, Community and Humanist Activist Art in Quebec and Elsewhere, Engrenage Noir/Levier, Montreal, 2011, Foreward, SUBVERSIONS, Anarchist Writers Bloc, Montreal, 2011, DINNER FOR DISSIDENTS, Les Pages Noires, Montreal, 2009, LUNCH FOR INSURGENTS, Les Pages Noires, Montreal, 2009, and BREAKFAST FOR ANARCHISTS, Editions No Bar Code, Montréal, 2007.

Ray Hsu is a rockstar who happens to write books. Hsu is the author of Anthropy (winner of the Gerald Lampert Award) and Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon. At last count, he has published over a hundred and twenty-five poems in over forty journals internationally. He taught writing for over two years in a US prison. He now teaches at the University of British Columbia, where he collaborates across disciplines, districts, and dinner tables.

Kevin Loring is a member of the Nlakapmux (Thompson) First Nation in Lytton BC. He was the recipient of the 2005 Vancouver Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist, Artist in Residence at The Playhouse Theatre Company in 2006. His first play Where the Blood Mixes, won the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script, the Sydney J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright, and in 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

David Bergen is an award-winning author of five previous novels and a collection of short stories. A Year of Lesser was a New York Times Notable Book and The Case of Lena S. was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. In 2005, Bergen won the Giller Prize for The Time in Between. His sixth novel, The Matter with Morris, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2010. A recent winner of the Writers’ Trust Award for a writer in mid-career, Bergen lives with his family in Winnipeg.

Yvette Nolan is a playwright, dramaturg, and director. Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Video, Annie Mae’s Movement, the libretto Hilda Blake and the radio play Owen. Directing credits include The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Western Canada Theatre/National Arts Centre), Death of a Chief, Tales of An Urban Indian, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, Annie Mae’s Movement (Native Earth). As a dramaturg, she works across Canada and has twice served as the Festival Dramaturg for Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre Spring Festival of New Plays (2006, 2007). Nolan is currently at work on a book about Native theatre, text for Michael Greyeyes' dance piece for thine eyes, and an adaptation of The Birds for Gateway Theatre in Richmond, B.C.

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