Friday, October 18, 2019 – Sunday, October 20, 2019
Regina Travelodge Hotel, 4177 Albert Street
Join us for our annual conference and AGM in Regina. As 2019 is our 50th anniversary, we are celebrating with over TWO days of special programming and events. Register early to ensure your participation!
The SWG will be operating a book table at our SWG 2019 Conference. If you are attending our conference and would like to include your books, please bring your books and a completed book table form for the conference.
Books will be accepted for drop off on Friday, October 18 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am.
Unsold books must be picked up on Saturday, October 19 from 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm.
Our book table will be open:
Friday, October 18 from 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm (closed from 5:00-7:00 pm)
Saturday, October 19 from 9:00 am - 9:30 pm (closed over lunch and from 5:00-6:30 pm)
Rooms are available for conference attendees at the Regina Travelodge. To book a room, please call the hotel directly at 306-586-3443 or 1-844-586-3443.
To Register: Fill out the Conference Registration form available below and
Mail it to our office: SWG PO Box 3986, Regina SK S4P 3R9
Drop it off at our office: #100-1150 8th Ave
To pay your Registration Fee:
Pay online by selecting the PayPal buttons below
Call our office at 306-791-7740 to pay by credit card
Mail a cheque with your registration form
Drop off cash in person at our office
Full-time registered postsecondary students are eligible for an additional 20% off registration rates. Members of the Writers' Guild of Alberta and Manitoba Writers' Guild are eligible for SWG Members rates. Please contact our office for more information when registering.
If you have any questions or concerns with registration, please contact the SWG Administrative Assistant Andrea MacLeod at 306-791-7740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 18, 2019 - Schedule
9:00 – 11:30 am – Bookbinding 101: Link Stitch Journal
Make your very own personal journal using the link stitch, one of the fundamentals of hand bookbinding. Participants will learn other traditional bookbinding skills to make a journal with a beautiful decorative paper cover. No experience necessary and all materials provided. Facilitated by Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CCBAG) members Kathy Hamre and Robin Canham.
9:00 – 9:45 am – Sifting for Gold with John Agnew - FREE
Ever wondered how manuscripts turn into books on the shelf? What does the future of publishing in Saskatchewan look like? Join Publisher John Agnew in this interactive session about the publishing process at Coteau Books.
10:00 – 11:30 am – A Treed Workshop with Ariel Gordon
Join Winnipeg writer Ariel Gordon for a workshop that is about considering our relationships to trees, whether they're on the street, in a park, or the wilderness. Participants will come away with new nature-writing techniques and a sheaf of new writing. Suitable for all genres. Participants should bring a notebook/pen and sensible shoes.
Please note this is offered off-site in Wascana Park. Transportation to/from the Travelodge will be available.
11:45 am – 1:15 pm – Lunch and Lecture with Wayne Arthurson
Write What You Care About
Wayne Arthurson, an Edmonton writer of Cree and French-Canadian descent who has written professionally for over 30 years, will tell stories about the ups and downs of his writing career as a novelist and freelance writer to dispel the myth about writing what you know about.
1:30 – 3:00 pm Concurrent Workshops
A) Risks and Truths with Mark Abley
In this interactive workshop, participants will be asked to write a short text involving a truth they find hard to admit to themselves or are reluctant to admit to others. The workshop will be particularly useful to members who are working on memoirs, but it may also be of interest to many writers of non-fiction, poetry, and autobiographical fiction.
B) The Novel: Where Poetry Meets Information with Jeanette Lynes
This hands-on session will offer tips on what research means for creative writers, how to weave research into a fiction project, and how to avoid the so-called ‘information dump’. We will consider a fiction project (i.e. short story, novel) as a rich canvas for exploring where poetry and information meet and work in synergistic ways. Bring a pen and paper as the session will include writing prompts and exercises.
3:15 – 4:45 pm Concurrent Workshops
A) Make Them Wonder: Sparking Curiosity, Surprise, and Awe in Our Readers with Daniel Scott Tysdal
Daniel Scott Tysdal’s workshop will delve into a range of strategies for inspiring wonder in our readers and ourselves as we write. Tysdal will share a series of exercises designed to give us hands-on experience with the craft of inspiring wonder.
B) Finding Voice with Wayne Arthurson
Through Oral Storytelling, Exercises, and Conversation, this workshop will offer prose writers (possibly even poets) assistance in finding/creating one of the most elusive aspects of writing: voice.
5:00 – 7:30 pm – Cheers to the Unreliable Narrator - Free to attend; food/drink available for purchase
Please note this event is off-site at Bushwakker’s Brewpub, 2206 Dewdney Ave. Transportation to/from the Travelodge Hotel is available.
Join the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild as we celebrate the launch of our special 50th-anniversary edition beer “The Unreliable Narrator”, brewed by Bushwakker’s Brew Pub. Limited bottles for sale.
Supper on Your Own
7:30 p.m. - Turning Paper into Gold: 50th Anniversary Celebration, hosted by Daniel Scott Tysdal - FREE
During this evening of panel discussions, memory sharing, and audience-generated creations, founding and influential Guild members Robert Currie, Jean Freeman, Lyn Goldman and Glen Sorestad will remember and celebrate the qualities that define the SWG’s vital past, present, and future: a caring and supportive community, a hub for advocacy and learning, and a source of brilliant, sustaining literature. Honorary lifetime memberships will be awarded.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Schedule
9:00 – 11:30 am – Not Your Average Journal: Australian Piano Hinge
This book structure uses a non-traditional method (no sewing or pasting) to create a very classy book that comes together like magic. Learn basic bookmaking skills with CCBAG Sask members Kathy Hamre and Robin Canham. No experience necessary and all materials provided.
9:00 – 10:30 am – Cash for Gold: Grants for Writers - FREE
Learn how to turn your great ideas into successful grant applications! Join the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Canada Council for the Arts for a presentation of grants available for emerging and established writers in Saskatchewan.
10:35 – 11:30 – In the Context of Canada: What our national writing organizations are doing and what they are doing for you with Bruce Rice and Rita Bouvier - FREE
It is easy to feel isolated here in the great middle of the country. Right now though, the Prairie provinces have some of the strongest representation they have ever had on the National Councils of The Writers' Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets. But what do they do? How are they helping writers here in Saskatchewan? What's coming "down the pike"? What questions does Saskatchewan have?
11:45 – 1:00 pm - Lunch & 2019 Hicks Long Manuscript Award Presentation
Presentation of the 2019 John V Hicks Long Manuscript Awards in Fiction to the top three winners.
1:15 – 2:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
A) Measure Twice: Cut Once with Gail Bowen
The old axiom to plan carefully before you take action is as true for writers as it is for woodworkers. This workshop will explore strategies for using the pre-writing period to make choices about narrative perspective, characterization, setting, plot and structure that will keep readers turning the pages and eager for the next chapter.
B) What We Would Rather Forget: A Creative Non-fiction Panel with Trevor Herriot, Alexandra Popoff and Janice Acoose
Creative non-fiction can be a powerful means of exploring topics and information that Canadians would rather forget. Join writers Trevor Herriot, Alexandra Popoff and Janice Acoose as they share their uncomfortable truths and how they came to be written and published.
2:30 – 3:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
A) The Art of Romance Writing with Annette Bower
Learn the essential elements found in all romance novels: an empowering message, a central love story, and a satisfying emotional ending. No matter your writing style, explore what makes writing romance one of the most rewarding experiences in publishing.
B) The Nourishment of Nature: A Panel Discussion with Ariel Gordon, Bruce Rice and Brenda Schmidt
Writers are often asked WHO or WHAT they’re influenced by, but what about WHERE? How does living inside a particular ecosystem or looking out on a specific landscape help shape their writing? From birdcalls in the trees to mushrooms in the soil, writers absorb what’s around them. Join writers Ariel Gordon, Bruce Rice, and Brenda Schmidt for a panel discussion on the influence of nature on their writing.
3:45 – 4:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
A) Indigenous Theatre and Performance on Turtle Island with Jesse Archibald Barber
This session will begin with a brief overview of the history of performative representations of Indigenous peoples in Canada, as well as the emergence of contemporary Indigenous theatre and performance. We will then explore some of the performative elements that make Indigenous theatre distinct from Western models, concluding with a discussion of the collaborative and community-based processes that go into the creation and presentation of Indigenous performance arts.
B) From Pen to Page: A Poetry Panel Discussion with Raye Hendrickson, Paula Jane Remlinger and Chelsea Coupal
First-time published poets Raye Hendrickson, Paula Jane Remlinger and Chelsea Coupal will share the ups and downs of publishing their first book, reflections on their writing career and what the future holds.
Spoken Word Poetry is rooted in resistance and resilience - it is a movement as much as it is an art form. Join spoken word artists Tai Reign, Daniella Mercedez, Austin "The Noble Savage" Ahenakew and Alasdair Rees as they share their eclectic experiences and unique perspectives. Hosted by SK Youth Poet Laureate Alasdair Rees.
8:00 – 9:00 pm – Caroline Heath Memorial Lecture: “The Warmth of the Sun Swooping” with Mark Abley - FREE
The title of the lecture is a phrase from one of Caroline Heath’s last poems. In this lecture, Mark Abley will reflect on Caroline’s legacy and will look back on some of the changes, both good and bad, affecting the literary landscape of Canada since the SWG was formed in 1969. We are now living in a time of great political and social confusion. Looking ahead into the next half-century, what role can writers play?
9:00 – 11:15 pm – Open Mic and Social, hosted by Gerry Hill - FREE
Theme: “The Sword in the Stone”
Gerry Hill, a Regina poet, was blindfolded and transported by car to a hidden location the day he turned 50. A decade and a half later, he became addicted to musical theatre and now prowls the keys, finding a home for Oak Floors, a Heritage Cabaret.
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - Schedule
8:30 - 9:45 am – Presidents’ Breakfast, hosted by Jack Walton - FREE
Join Past President Jack Walton and Past SWG Presidents Byrna Barclay, Robert Calder and Judy McCrosky as they explore their time with the Guild and other fond memories. Open to all conference participants (no need to be a past president!) Hot breakfast included.