Inviting Writers to Your School, Library or Community
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?
Each school, library, writing group, and community organization may apply for up to two SWG author readings per program year (from August 1 to the following July 31). Applications for readings are accepted throughout the year, but must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the event. After April 30 of each year host organizations may be permitted to apply for one additional reading, pending available funding.
Tips on How to Select, Contact and Host an Author Reading
It is important that you contact the author before you send in your application to ensure that he/she will be available at the selected time and date. SWG is unable to proceed until the author is confirmed.
Please note only authors that are members of the SWG may participate in this program.
Remember that all conditions are subject to the approval of the writer.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Host group pays a reading fee of $60. Host Reading Fees are paid directly to the SWG.
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 author prior to the reading.
NB: The Host group’s fee pays only a portion of the total Author Readings Program cost for each author. The SWG subsidizes the program, paying each writer a fee of $250 plus mileage costs directly. (The SWG will not cover mileage for writers living out of province. The minimal claimable travel expense they may submit is 20 km.)
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.
Submit your application by:
Mail, using the Author Readings Brochure
SWG Author Readings Program
c/o Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
Regina, SK, S4P 3R9
Online through the Application Form
The following forms are provided for your convenience:
Author Reading Claim Form - Fillable
Authors may only do up to a maximum of seven readings per program year (from August 1 to the following July 31). After April 30 of each year authors may be permitted to do up to three additional readings, pending available funding.