The SWG Author Readings Program makes it possible for people of all ages to meet and listen to their favourite Saskatchewan authors and storytellers. Schools, libraries, writing groups, community organizations and readers around the province have the opportunity to benefit from this program. SWG’s finest authors of every genre share the distinctiveness of their own stories when they visit.
One reading is defined as an author visit between 45 and 60 minutes long, during which the author reads from her or his work to an audience of preferred size; discussion or Q&A may be included. A workshop does not equal a reading, so please do not apply for workshops through this program.
Who Can Apply?
Applications for readings are accepted throughout the year but must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the event.
Each school, library, writing group, and community organization – the Host Organization – are eligible to apply.
How many times can the program be accessed?
How Much Does It Cost?
The Author Readings Program is a SWG-subsidized reading program. The Host Organization’s fee pays only a portion of the total Author Readings Program cost for each author.
The Host Organization pays a reading fee of $60 directly to the SWG. When approved, The SWG will provide payment instructions to the Host Organization.
Please note: the Host Organization will not pay the author directly.
The Host Group is also responsible for the costs of the writer’s meals, accommodations (where needed), as well as additional author requirements, and all related reading expenses, including facility rental and publicity. These arrangements must be made between the host and the author prior to the reading. (Please see the “Hosting Guidelines” linked at the bottom of this page.)
It should not cost the Author anything to participate in this program.
The SWG will directly pay each writer a fee of $250 per 45-60 minute reading, plus return mileage at a rate of .40/km. Please note: The SWG will only cover mileage within Saskatchewan. The minimum claimable travel expense is 20 km.
An Author will submit their Author Claim Form(s) (found below) to the SWG within two weeks of the reading. This is how the Authors receive payment for their reading.
Submit your application by:
Submissions are open until further notice.
SWG Author Readings Program
c/o Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
Regina, SK, S4P 3R9
Online through the Application Form below
Please acknowledge the sponsorship of the SWG and our funders, SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries, during the introduction of your author. A sign may also be displayed during the reading. Please find templates for posters and signage on the bottom of this page.
The following forms are provided for your convenience:
Author Reading Claim Form - Fillable