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SUMMER COURSES: July 18 – 28, 2016!

The Story of Sage Hill – A 2016 venue change for Sage Hill Writing Experience


Sage Hill Writing Experience’s 2016 programs were scheduled to be held at Cedar Lodge on Blackstrap Lake. In April, Sage Hill received some pretty surprising news. The founder and administrator of Cedar Lodge, Suzanne Olaski, passed away unexpectedly. Our thoughts are with everyone at Cedar Lodge as they grieve this major loss. Cedar Lodge is currently in a state of suspension due to Suzanne’s sudden passing.

Sage Hill was tasked to find a new home for the 2016 programs. We have made arrangements to move the 2016 programs to Sage Hill’s old stomping grounds at St. Michael’s Retreat Centre near Lumsden, Saskatchewan. Sage Hill Writing programs were held at St. Michael’s for nearly 20 years from the mid-nineties until just a few years ago. St Michael’s is a beautiful location in the Qu’Appelle Valley and has 220 private acres featuring a labyrinth, sun circle and many walking trails.

In 2014, St. Michael’s underwent some changes as the friars went to a different monastery and management of the centre shifted. At that time, it was unclear whether Sage Hill would be able to hold programs at St. Michael’s as the centre was being considered for a number of different uses. A decision was made to move Sage Hill’s 2015 programs to Cedar Lodge, which was a great venue last year. Since that time, St. Michael’s has again become available for public use.

The moral of the story is – Sage Hill Writing is back at St. Michael’s!

We are looking forward to hosting this year’s 2016 programs at St. Michael’s Retreat Centre. You can check out the centre at

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 306-537-SAGE(7243).

See you this summer!


Tara Dawn Solheim

Executive Director




A Warm Welcome to our new Executive Director, Tara Dawn Solheim


The Sage Hill Writing Board of Directors is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Executive Director search, and welcomes Tara Dawn Solheim to the role.

“We are extremely excited to have Tara Dawn as Executive Director,”said Rhett Soveran, President of the Sage Hill Writing Board of Directors. “Her experience and energy will take Sage Hill to fantastic new heights.”

Solheim is poet, writer, musician, singer, and administrator in the Arts. She has an international background, living in Japan for five years, and has been commissioned to create and perform poetry and music throughout Canada, the United States, Japan, and England. For the past four years she has worked as Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association. During this time she produced and hosted The Vertigo Series in Regina, a performance event series for writers and musicians of all genres. She’s also worked as volunteer with writers through the Literary Committee of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival in Regina.

When it comes to Sage Hill, Solheim is no stranger. She’s attended many public readings and Kroetsch Keynotes over the years, participated in Sage Hill Workshops to better her own manuscripts, and served on our Board of Directors. She knows, from first-hand experience, the intricate inner workings of Sage Hill, and is ready to begin her leadership role with a vast knowledge base, and hit the ground running.

“I look forward to working with writers as they build their skills and careers,” Solheim says. “I believe in the value of the experience that Sage Hill offers and I’m thrilled to be part of this tradition.”

Welcome Tara Dawn!




Big thanks to our talented, generous, and dynamic faculty of 2015!

And an even bigger thanks to all our wonderful participants in 2015 who soaked up some new skills, a little serenity, and the warm prairie sun.


Taking a break from their manuscripts to walk the labyrinth.


It took me 2 hours to set up that badminton net, but it was well worth it.

Kelly C2

Might as well review with a view.


Lakeside one-on-ones with Miriam Toews



Non-Fiction Workshop celebration in the lake.


YMCA adaptation tribute to Merilyn and Wayne.

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