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When: March 6-7, 2020
Where: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert Street, Regina 
Cost: FREE

No registration necessary

Presenters:  Rita Bouvier, Don Gillmor, Larissa Lai, Mohammad Yaghoubi, and RPL Writer-in-Residence David Gane

Talking Fresh is a free two-day writing festival for writers and readers, featuring exciting Canadian writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and playwriting.

Talking Fresh begins on Friday, March 6 at 4:00 pm with a panel discussion on the theme of courage. Does it take courage to write? How so? The evening will also feature a catered reception with a cash bar and readings by each writer.

On Saturday, March 7, each writer will conduct a session on the craft of writing in their genres. These sessions are intended for writers of all levels.

The SWG will operate a book table at which the presenting authors will sell their books.

Friday, March 6, 2020 – MacKenzie Art Gallery, Theatre (main floor)

4:00 pm Greetings
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm Panel with Bouvier, Gillmor, Lai, and Yaghoubi on the theme of Courage, hosted by Saima Desai (Briarpatch Magazine)
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm Free catered reception with cash bar
7:00 pm Author readings hosted by Kam Teo (Sask Book Awards)

Saturday, March 7, 2020 – MacKenzie Art Gallery, Sculpture Court (second floor)

10:30 am - 11:20 am How Writing My First Play Saved Me – Mohammad Yaghoubi
  This session will explore how writing my first produced play saved me and how I wrote it after seven years of struggling with PTSD. Faced with limitations, I explain how I circumvented them and wrote the play. What does being a playwright mean when you live in a theocratic country such as Iran? The same strategy helped me write my first play in English after moving to Canada. I will describe the importance of form and humour in playwriting.
11:30 am - 12:20 pm The Thin Line between Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction – Don Gillmor
  Should you write about your experiences as creative non-fiction or as fiction? An examination of the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches and what stories work best as creative non-fiction. The seminar will touch on why I chose to write To the River as creative non-fiction, and how other writers who have had similar experiences with suicide chose to write it as fiction. 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch on your own
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm The Power of Language and Imagination – Rita Bouvier
  As poets, we are often reminded of the power of... writing from our experience. What constitutes "experience"? Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux in a chapter about "Witnessing" in The Poet's Companion explore the weighty subject of whether one needs to be personally subjected to extreme conditions (socially, economically or politically) to feel strongly and to write about it. What are your thoughts? From a craft point of view, what is the aesthetic and ethic of such exploration and writing? Let's explore these issues together and see where we arrive.
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Many Me: Finding the Selves that Speak – Larissa Lai
  We seek the courage to speak our truths. But who is the self that speaks? Our voices are connected to the histories we come out of, the selves we claim as our own, literary and historical figures with whom we identify, movements with which we feel a kinship, the contexts in which we write, the memories that matter to us, the lands on which we write, the places our forebears come from, the audiences we imagine and the events in our lives that make us think or feel. This workshop offers strategies to open ourselves to a range of possible voices we might come to understand as our own.
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Ask the Writer-in-Residence – David Gane
  Feeling stuck in your writing?  Not sure what to do with the story you’ve written? Can’t figure out narrative point-of-view? 

This is a chance to ask your most pressing questions! 

This session is an open Q&A with RPL Writer-in-Residence David Gane to troubleshoot the craft and business of your writing. Learn how to get that manuscript in a drawer (or maybe still in your head) and into the hands of readers.

Presenter Bios:

Mohammad Yaghoubi is a multi-award-winning playwright, director, theatre instructor, and co-founder and co-artistic director of NOWADAYS THEATRE company. His works have been performed around the world. He staged the English premiere of his highly acclaimed play A Moment of Silence at SummerWorks Performance Festival in 2016. His recent work was the English premiere of his play The Only Possible Way with Iranian newcomers on stage at Canadian Stage, Upstairs Theatre on March 29 -31, 2019. It was produced with support from the Toronto Arts Council and as part of the 2018-19 Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Company in Residence.

Don Gillmor’s most recent book To the River won the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction. He is the author of a two-volume history of Canada, Canada: A People’s History, and two other books of non-fiction, The Desire of Every Living Thing and I Swear by Apollo. He has written three novels – Kanata, Mount Pleasant and Long Change – as well as nine books for children, two of which were nominated for a Governor General’s Award. He was a senior editor at Walrus magazine, and his journalism has appeared in Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Rolling Stone, and GQ magazines. He has won eleven National Magazine Awards and a National Newspaper Award. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

Rita Bouvier is author of three collections of poetry. nakamowin’sa for the seasons (Thistledown Press, 2015) was the 2016 Sask Book Awards winner of the Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award. Rita’s poetry has appeared as a children’s book, in literary anthologies, musical and television productions, and has been translated into Spanish, German and Cree-Michif of her home community. Home is sakitawak—Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan, situated on the historic trading and meeting grounds of the Cree and Dene people living in the region.

Larissa Lai has authored six books including Salt Fish Girl and The Tiger Flu. Interested in the world made strange through speculative fiction and how to make English work in new and unexpected ways, she has won a Lambda Literary Award and an Astraea Award. She has made the Tiptree Honor Book list twice. She has also been finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Sunburst Award, the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award (twice), the bpNichol Chapbook Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism. She holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of Calgary, where she directs The Insurgent Architects' House for Creative Writing.

David Gane is the internationally award-winning co-writer of the Shepherd & Wolfe young adult mystery series. He also teaches screenwriting at the University of Regina and is the current Writer in Residence at the Regina Public Library. You can find more about him at www.couniosandgane.com









For more information, please contact:
Yolanda Hansen, Program Manager
T: 306.791.7743 | E: programs@skwriter.com

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