Spring Colloquium Deadline Extended to March 24th
Guy Vanderhaeghe Joins Sage Hill 2017 Faculty
Brenda Schmidt Named SK Poet Laureate
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Spring Poetry Colloquium
Application Deadline
Extended to March 24th!

with Tim Lilburn
Program Dates: May 15 – 28, 2017

The application deadline for Sage Hill's Spring Poetry Colloquium
has been extended to March 24th.  

Get your application in while you can!

The Spring Poetry Colloquium, an intensive, two-week workshop, will be led by Governor General's Award-winning Canadian poet and essayist, Tim Lilburn.

Amid stunning vistas of the Qu'Appelle Valley, writers will benefit from individual manuscript consultations, as well as seminar discussions investigating technical, philosophical, or conceptual issues in contemporary poetry.

Join us at the sunny Living Skies Retreat Centre
(formerly St. Michael’s Retreat) in Lumsden, SK.

Your tuition includes meals, accommodations and, of course, excellent instruction.

Scholarships and bursaries are available to applicants.

Apply by March 24th.


Guy Vanderhaeghe To Lead
2017 Fiction Colloquium

Program Dates: July 17 – 27, 2017

Sage Hill's Summer Fiction Colloquium will be led
by Saskatchewan's own Guy Vanderhaeghe.

Guy Vanderhaeghe is the author of five novels, four collections of short stories, two plays, and one teleplay. He is a three-time winner of the Governor’s-General Award for English language fiction for his collections of short stories, Man Descending and Daddy Lenin, and for his novel The Englishman’s Boy, which was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize and The International Dublin Literary Award. His books have received five Saskatchewan Book Awards. His novel, The Last Crossing, was a winner of the CBC’s Canada Reads Competition. He has also received the Timothy Findley Prize, the Harbourfront Literary Prize, and the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Prize, all given for a body of work.

Sage Hill's Fiction Colloquium is a facilitated retreat workshop for five participants who have acquired and moved beyond basic skills in short or long fiction, who have published at least one book of fiction or the equivalent in periodicals, and who wish further development. The Fiction Colloquium focuses on works in progress and combines group discussion, plenty of writing time, and individual critiques. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion setting over a relaxed 10 days. Workshops in other genres occur simultaneously on-site. Application is open to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad. 

Apply by April 24th.

Brenda Schmidt Named Saskatchewan's 7th Poet Laureate

Sage Hill Writing is proud that Brenda Schmidt, recently named the Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan, is one of our very own board members and a Sage Hill alumna. Congratulations, Brenda!

A naturalist and visual artist, Brenda Schmidt "explores creative paths between the natural and digital worlds."  Brenda has published a book of essays and four books of poetry, and is a three-time Saskatchewan Book Awards nominee.  "Her work has been published, performed, shown and broadcast across Canada and was part of a poetry installation at the University of Exeter (UK). A past reviewer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for Quill & Quire, she founded the Ore Samples Writers Series in 2016" (Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, "Seventh Poet Laureate Announced").
See the rest of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild's announcement here.  

On her Sage Hill Writing connection, Brenda Schmidt writes, "I've been a participant twice, working with Fred Wah in the Spring Poetry Colloquium and Daphne Marlatt in the summer Poetry Colloquium, and both times were life-changing in the best possible way. My writing is very different from theirs, and that's precisely why I chose to work with them.  I came away thinking differently, seeing my work differently, and my writing broke free and moved forward as a result.

"Equally important, I connected with writers from across the country and many of them are friends today. Sage Hill has given me a great big community and that really matters to me and my writing life. I just want to say thank you over and over. I want everyone reading this to know how important Sage Hill is to me."
All the best to Brenda in her time as Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan.
Her term begins April 1, 2017 and runs until December 31, 2018.
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