Welcome to Sage Hill

Helping Good Writers Write Better Since 1989


Sage Hill provides professional development opportunities for writers at all stages of their careers. Our programs have proven value, exemplified by the many published works that offer acknowledgement to Sage Hill, and by the related professional literary accomplishments of our alumni. Sage Hill alumni have published widely in North America in both journal and book form.


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Deadline extended to April 4th, 2014


with Wayne Grady

Wayne Grady is the award-winning author of Emancipation Day, a novel of denial and identity that was long-listed for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He has also written such works of science and nature as The Bone Museum, Bringing Back the Dodo, The Quiet Limit of the World, and The Great Lakes, which won a National Outdoor Book Award in the U.S. With his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds, he co-authored Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through America. And with David Suzuki he co-wrote the international bestseller Tree: A Life Story. He has also translated fourteen works of fiction from the French, by such authors as Antonine Maillet, Yves Beauchemin, and Danny Laferrière. In 1989, he won the Governor General’s Award for his translation of Maillet’s On the Eighth Day. His most recent translation is of Louis Hamelin’s October 1970, published by House of Anansi Press in 2013.




and Merilyn Simonds

Merilyn Simonds is the author of sixteen books, including the creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award; a collection of autobiographical stories, The Lion in the Room Next Door; a novel, The Holding; and a travel memoir, Breakfast at the Exit Café co-written with her husband Wayne Grady. Her short fiction is anthologized internationally and her books have been published in Europe, Asia, Canada, and in the United States by G. P. Putnam’s Sons and W. W. Norton. She recently published A New Leaf: Growing with my Garden, a collection of essays rooted in her twenty–six gardens in eastern Ontario. Her latest work is The Paradise Project, a hand-typeset, hand-printed collection of flash fiction. Susan Halpren, writing in the New York Times, where Simonds’ novel was selected an Editor’s Choice, says, “Simonds is a careful, evocative writer, able to tease out colors from an overcast sky, to find depth in shadows.”




Deadline extended to April 4th, 2014


Ken_Babstock1-306-306with Ken Babstock

Babstock is the author, most recently, of Methodist Hatchet which won the 2011 Griffin Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. He has written three other collections, Mean, winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People’s Poet Award, Days into Flatspin, winner of a K.M. Hunter Award and finalist for the Winterset Prize, and Airstream Land Yacht, finalist for the Griffin Prize for Poetry, the Governor General’s Literary Award and The Winterset Prize, and winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. All four titles were named Globe 100 Books of the Year.



FICTION WORKSHOP | July 21-31, 2014

Deadline extended to April 4th, 2014


Helen-Humphreyswith Helen Humphreys

Humphreys is the award-winning author of five novels, four books of poetry, and one work of creative non-fiction. Her fiction has been published around the world, and her novel, Wild Dogs has been optioned for film. In 2009 she was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.”





FICTION COLLOQUIUM | July 21 – 31, 2014

Deadline extended to April 4th, 2014


lawrencehillwith Lawrence Hill

Hill’s third novel was published as The Book of Negroes in Canada and the UK, and as Someone Knows My Name in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. It won various prizes including the overall Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. Hill is also the author of the novels Any Known Blood and Some Great Thing. Hill’s most recently published fiction is the short story Meet You at the Door, in the January-February, 2011 issue of The Walrus magazine. His best-selling memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada is about growing up in the predominantly white suburb of Don Mills, Ontario in the sixties. This year, the University of Alberta Press published Hill’s essay Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book: an Anatomy of a Book Burning. He is completing a new novel and will deliver the Massey Lectures across Canada in the fall of 2013.



 NON-FICTION WORKSHOP | July 21 – 31, 2014

Deadline extended to April 4th, 2014


 chong_4804with Denise Chong

Chong, a two-time finalist for the Governor-General’s award, is best known for her family memoir, The Concubine’s Children, one of the first non-fiction narratives of a Chinese family in Canada, and a Globe and Mail bestseller for 93 weeks. She also published The Girl in the Picture, about a girl who survived a napalm attack, and which was also ground breaking in its portrayal of life in war-torn Vietnam. Her book Egg on Mao, is a meditation on human rights, spanning 20th century China and pivoting on a bus mechanic’s defiant act in defacing Mao’s iconic portrait during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.



 SPOKEN WORD WORKSHOP | July 21 – 31, 2014

Deadline extended to April 28th, 2014 

thompson_andrea-5064with Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson is a writer, teacher, activist and mentor, who has been a mainstay on the Canadian spoken word scene for the past twenty years. Thompson’s poetry collection, Eating the Seed (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), has been featured on the reading list at the University of Toronto, and at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She is also the co-editor of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, an anthology released by Inanna Publications in the fall of 2010. In 2012, Thompson received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, with a full-length fiction manuscript for her thesis.  Her debut novel is due out with Inanna Publications in the spring of 2014.

Regina Teen Writing Experience

July 21-25, 2014

LOCATION: Sherwood Village branch, Regina Public Library

ADDRESS: 6121 Rochdale Blvd, Regina, SK


Your intrepid facilitator…


Bruce RiceSMBruce Rice, grew up in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and later moved to the Maritimes, where he attended St. Thomas and Dalhousie universities and did community development in Halifax-Dartmouth. His fifth poetry collection for adults, The Trouble With Beauty, will be published in April 2014 by Coteau. His first book, Daniel, received the prestigious Canadian Authors Association Award. His collection, Life in the Canopy (Hagios), was nominated for Saskatchewan Book of the Year in 2009, and he has twice been a finalist for CBC’s Canada Writes competition. He recently received Briarpatch Magazine’s award for creative nonfiction by a Regina resident and also published his first children’s book, Dorothy McMoogle With Kumquat and Bugle (Wild Sage). In addition to writing for the page, he has frequently participated in poetry performances and interdisciplinary collaborations with music, dance and film. Bruce and his wife, Joanne, live in Regina and have two grown children, Keegan and Mira.






Your special guest …


ShaynastockSMShayna Stock grew up on the shores of Lake Huron, a disciple of sandcastles, rocks, and spiders. Her little sister was the first to show her the power of her words. Spoken word first found Shayna in 2006 while she was living in Toronto’s Kensington Market. Five years later and two provinces westward, she began performing her own work and founded Regina’s poetry slam, Word Up Wednesday. Shayna has led two slam teams to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She was one of 13 poets from across Canada selected to participate in the Victoria Festival of Spoken Word in 2013, and has been accepted to The Banff Centre’s Spoken Word Program in April 2014. She is currently working as Artist in Residence at the Creative City Centre,extracting poetry from the bricks, glass and frozen alleyways of downtown Regina, and continuing to nurture the local and national spoken word communities.




(Deadline to apply is June 2, 2014)

Moose Jaw Teen Writing Experience

July 14-18, 2014


LOCATION: Moose Jaw Cultural Centre

ADDRESS: 217 Main St North, Moose Jaw, SK


Your intrepid facilitator …


KimMcCullough SMKim McCullough, born and raised (mostly) in Regina, is a writer and teacher living in Calgary, Alberta. She is an MFA candidate in UBC’s Creative Writing (opt-res) program. Kim is a past presenter at the Fernie Writers’ Conference, and has facilitated various writing workshops for teens and adults. Her first novel, Clearwater (Coteau Books) was released in 2013.






 Your Special Guest…


FaithErinHicksSMFaith Erin Hicks is a graphic novelist who started out making comics just for fun, and since 1999 has drawn over 2,200 pages. Previous works include The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan), Friends With Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen), Bigfoot Boy (with J. Torres) and The Adventures of Superhero Girl. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her boyfriend and their helpful cat.









(Deadline to apply is June 2, 2014)