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 2015 SWG Fall Conference: Great Expectations


All events are at the Travelodge, 4177 Albert St. South, Regina, SK.

Phone: 306.586.3443
Hotel block code: CGSWG5
Rate: $129.95 per night


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Friday October 23, 2015

12:00 pm Conference Registration table opens

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Journey to the Centre of the Poet - Adam Pottle, Daniel Scott Tysdal

Trapped in a middle-earth poetry fissure, Daniel Scott Tysdal and his travelling companion Adam Pottle tunnel their way to the heart of poetic thinking. Why did they pick poetry? What about this journey compelled them to write poetry? How does the poetic form keep them anchored to the rocket of writing? These and many more concepts will surface when the poets’ voyages are uncovered.

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Merchant of Menace - Toby Welch, Anthazia Kadir

Hoping to woo the wealthy consumers of the internet with their books and skills as writers, Toby Welch and Anthazia Kadir will loan you their tips and tricks on marketing on today’s penniless writing budgets. How do you market yourself when you’re new to the province, or new to the country, or even new to writing? What makes you stand out from the crowd? How do you keep from bankrupting yourself in the process? Learn how to safely sail without tipping your marketing boat over!

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Gone with the Trend - Ed Willett, Dawn Dumont

From plantation to writing nation, Ed Willett and Dawn Dumont survive the latest literary movements. Sharing epic tips and tricks on new trends in writing for science-fiction, fantasy, comedy, Indigenous and women’s writing, our love-struck writers will help you survive the romance and help you explore writing the tangled affairs of genre and novelty.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Anne of Green Fables - Anne Lazurko, Anne Campbell

Mired on a writing island, Anne Lazurko and Anne Campbell will share ideas about developing your fiction, non-fiction and poetry. These two will help you adopt new tricks to flourish your prose. Be prepared to be whisked away on this adventurous session!

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Charlotte's Web - Linda Aksomitis, Jillian Bell

Escaping the pen and finding words for the web will be made easier when you listen to Linda Aksomitis and Jillian Bell speak. Their farm of ideas will broaden your knowledge on using the web to allow your writing to live beyond the pen. Untangle the confusion of the net, and embrace the freedom and tools of writing online.

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Around the World in 80 Minutes - Anthazia Kadir, Theodora Agyeman-Anane, and Nilofar Shidmehr

Get carried away across the globe with Anthazia Kadir, Theodora Agyeman-Anane, and Nilofar Shidmehr on a voyage to discover more about writing from cultural perspectives. Accept the wager to attend, and find yourself circumnavigating the unique ideas and stories of these three accomplished writers. Humour and knowledge abound, these two will share their worldly secrets and sow the seeds to help develop your own cultural stories into books.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tale of Two Cocktails - Supper on your own

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of times to have a drink/meal with fellow writers.

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm SWG Photo Booth

Need a new headshot? Stop by our photo booth for a professional headshot. Your photo will be emailed to you after the conference. Use it for you website, author portrait, promotions, etc. 10$ donation to the Caroline Heath Memorial Fund.

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Caroline Heath Lecture: Dianne Warren

"Writing Local, Writing Global: Random Thoughts on Regionalism"

This 40-45 minute lecture is intended to address some aspect of writing or publishing in contemporary Canadian literature and this year will be based on writing contemporary fiction.

8:45 pm - 11:15 pm Open Mic/Social


Saturday October 24, 2015

9:00 am - 10:00 am O(t)Hello - Writers Group Chat

Networking opportunity for those already in a group or interested in writing groups. Meet and mingle amongst Saskatchewan’s many writing group members

10:15 am - 11:45 am Poetry Workshop: Word of the Flies - Daniel Scott Tysdal

In this hands-on 90 minute session, poets will sharpen their skills, test out new techniques, and generate original work by exploring the "convergence of occasions" through their own practice, the work of a wide-range of poets, and encounters with other artistic mediums.

10:15 am - 11:45 am Fiction Workshop: Word in the Willows - Dianne Warren

This 90 minute session will focus on the importance of moving beyond a first draft to create layers of meaning.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm John V. Hicks Luncheon

2:00 pm SWG AGM




Presenter Bios:

Linda Aksomitis is the developer and instructor for the course, Publish and Sell Your E-Books, offered at over 4000 colleges and libraries in dozens of countries around the world. Her e-book publishing career began in 2000, and since then she’s published 16 books with traditional publishers, and independently e-published a dozen books. 

Jillian Bell is a writer and freelance editor living in the Qu"Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan. She works for the Saskatchewan Publishers Group. She is a blogger and has worked with the Canaadian Blog Awards and with the Canadian Weblog Awards. She has also served on the board of directors of the Saskatchewan Book Awards since 2005.

Anne Campbell is the author of five collections of poetry, as well as editor of  popular nonfiction, including Regina’s Secret Spaces: Love and Lore of Local Geography. She has received many awards including the City of Regina Writing Award and the City of Regina Mayor’s Arts and Heritage Awards.  

Dawn Dumont is the award-winning author of Nobody Cries at Bingo and Rose’s Run. In 2015, Rose’s Run was shortlisted for three Saskatchewan Book Awards and won the Regina Book Award for Fiction. Her first book, Nobody Cries at Bingo, also published by Thistledown Press, was nominated and shortlisted for three awards including the Alberta Reader’s Choice Award.

Anthazia Kadir has worked as a journalist and travel writer for the Guyana Entertainment Magazine. She emigrated to Toronto ON, in 2007 and published her first novel, What a Woman Wants in 2009. She translated Afzal Shaq’s life story from Pasto/ Urdu into English and that translation was released as, Daughter of Pharaoh, which came out in 2011.

Anne Lazurko’s debut novel, Dollybird, won the 2014 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, and was nominated for the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. A graduate of the Humber School of Writing, her poetry and fiction has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines. Anne has a Political Science degree, works as a freelance writer and a farmer. She lives near Weyburn.

Adam Pottle is a Saskatoon writer whose work explores the social and philosophical aspects of disability. He’s published two books: a poetry collection called Beautiful Mutants, and a novel called Mantis Dreams. He is currently developing his play, Ultrasound, for production in Toronto, ON.

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of three books of poetry, Fauxccasional Poems (forthcoming from icehouse 2015), The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010), and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006). which received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007), the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006), and the John V. Hicks Award (2005).

Toby Welch has been a full-time freelance writer for a decade. In that time she has published over 230 articles in magazines and newspapers, 400+ pieces online, and 41 e-books under her own name and a pseudonym. Welch finds inspiration in country music, impressionist artwork, and jars of Nutella.

Edward Willett, moved to Saskatchewan from Texas as a child, and grew up in Weyburn, where he began his career as a newspaper reporter/photographer, and eventually editor, of the Weyburn Review. He’s the author of more than 50 books for children, young adults and adults. His latest book is Lake in the Clouds, the third book in his YA series The Shards of Excalibur.

Theodora Agyeman-Anane is a writer and photographer. Born in Ghana and raised in Italy; she spent her formative years commuting from Vicenza to Verona, Italy, to study Optics, but all she dreamt about was writing and photographing. She’s living her dreams in Saskatchewan with her husband and two kids. Her debut novel, Wasting Away, is available anywhere they sell books.

Nilofar Shidmehr is an arts-based inquiry scholar, an Iranian-Canadian writer, and a British Columbia-Book-Prize nominated poet. She has written four books: In the Garden of Exile (2014), Between Lives (2014), Two Nilofars: Before and After Migration (2009), Shirin and Salt Man (2008), and a Farsi translation of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. She is the Writer-in-Residence at the Regina Public Library. 

Dianne Warren’s Governor General’s Award-winning novel Cool Water, published by HarperCollins in 2010, was called unforgettable by the Globe and Mail, a “contemplation on the subtle and magical ecology of the great sand hills.” She has published three other books of fiction and won several awards for her short stories, including Western and National Magazine Awards. She won the Marian Engel award for fiction from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in 2004. Both A Reckless Moon and Cool Water were listed in the Globe and Mail’s top books of the year. Cool Water has been published in several countries and was released as Juliet in August in the US in July 2012 (Amy Einhorn Books). In 2013, she was the recipient of the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. Dianne lives in Regina and is currently finishing a new novel.

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