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» Mentorship Program – Apprentice Reading 2020

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is celebrating the completion of the 2020 Mentorship Program with our Apprentices and Mentor with these Apprentice Reading videos. These emerging writers have been working with their mentors since January 1, and share readings of their final work in the videos below.

Apprentice   Mentor
Taidgh Lynch (Saskatoon)   Neil Aitken (Regina)
Sarah Saganski (Saskatoon)   Ven Begamudré (Regina)
Tricia Friesen Reed (Yorkton)   Trevor Herriot (Regina)
Colleen Gerwing (Saskatoon)   J. Jill Robinson (Banff)

Apprentice Readings

Mentor Neil Aitken introducing Apprentice Taidgh Lynch

Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, The Lost Country of Sight, which won the 2007 Philip Levine Prize, and most recently, Babbage’s Dream. He has mentored poet Taidgh Lynch during this Mentorship Program.

Taidgh Lynch is from the South West of Ireland. His poetry and short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming from FreeFall, Antilang, The Poetry Bus, Boyne Berries, and others. He completed an MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. His poetry chapbook, "First Lift Here," was published with Jack Pine Press in September 2019.

Mentor Ven Begamudré introducing Apprentice Sarah Saganski

Ven Begamudré is the author of a number of books, including Extended Families: A Memoir of India and newly released The Teller from the Tale (Radiant Press). He has been working with Sarah Saganski.

Sarah Saganski is a proud mother of two boys and is a high school History/English teacher from Saskatoon. She has always used writing as a way to express her passion for creativity and enjoys teaching writing techniques to her students. She has always had a deep love for both reading and writing, the latter now taking on a more serious role in her life. Though she is new to the writing world, she has found her niche in Young Adult fiction. Sarah is currently working on a Fantasy novel in the genre.

Mentor Trevor Herriot introducing Apprentice Tricia Friesen Reed

Trevor Herriot is a naturalist, activist and author of five books, including Towards a Prairie Atonement and Islands of Grass. He has mentored Tricia Friesen Reed in the craft of writing non-fiction.

Tricia Friesen Reed is an educator, writer and storyteller with international experience in teaching and community development. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education degree, she spent 4 years in rural Bolivia where she taught kindergarten through grade 8 and adult literacy classes. Tricia's Canadian experience includes teaching, literacy coaching, speaking, and adjudicating speech arts festivals. She loves to see people recognize and use their creative gifts and is the executive director of Wonderscape Creative Arts. Her writing has appeared in The Midwest Review, Geez Magazine and Deep Wild, among other publications. She also blogs at Tricia lives in Yorkton with her husband and three daughters.

Mentor J. Jill Robinson introducing Apprentice Colleen Gerwing

J. Jill Robinson writes in a variety of genres and is the author of many articles and five books, most recently the novel More in Anger. She has been working with fiction writer Colleen Gerwing.

Colleen Gerwing was born wanting two things: to get a horse and to play the guitar. She did both by the time she was 21. Growing up on a mixed farm north of Humboldt, Saskatchewan in the 1950s was isolating enough that a girl could dream anything. Colleen hitchhiked 80,000 km. She lived in a tipi. She taught outdoor pursuits, ESL in Quebec, fell in love with our national parks and still work as an educator in Waskesiu. Along the way, Colleen learned German, French and Plains Cree, volunteers in literacy, writes and paints to re-celebrate her wilderness adventures. She rents a tiny house with her hunnybunch near the river in Saskatoon.

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Yolanda Hansen, Program Manager



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