Welcome to Sage Hill

Helping Good Writers Write Better Since 1989

Sage Hill Writing offers programmes in poetry, fiction, playwriting, young adult, non-fiction, science fiction, digital storytelling, and new this year, memoir. It is known as one of Canada’s pre-eminent concentrated learning opportunity for creative writers at all levels, attracting participants from across the continent. Applicants are selected through a competitive, peer-juried application process. Sage Hill has an extensive list of award-winning alumni and faculty. It offers spring and summer writing programmes in rural Saskatchewan, as well as summer writing workshops for teens in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, and La Ronge in northern Saskatchewan.

Photo Journal from the Hillian Experience with Lawrence Hill

On November 1st, Sage Hill hosted Lawrence Hill in an evening of storytelling, music, camaraderie and much more. Thanks to all who attended and supported the organization.

An Evening with Lawrence Hill for Sage Hill’s 25th Anniversary

SageHillFundraiser25-tallThe Hills are alive… and aligning for one magnificent evening of art, literature, and entertainment to celebrate Sage Hill Writing Experience’s 25th Anniversary.

Explore the Hillian Experience with readings by Lawrence Hill from The Book of Negroes, which was recently made into a mini-series staring Lou Gossett Jr., Allan Hawco, Cuba Gooding Jr., and directed by Clement Virgo. Mr Hill, who taught at the Sage Hill Writing Experience for the past three years, will return to Saskatchewan to help celebrate the achievements of Sage Hill writing. Saskatchewan poet, Katherine Lawrence will cap the Hillian Experience by conducting an onstage interview with Mr Hill that is sure to inspire.


Style: "Portrait B&W"Author of The Literary History of Saskatchewan and A Hunter’s Confession, David Carpenter, will be the master of ceremonies for the evening.


As well, patrons will be able to purchase one of six “Chair” sculptures representing each faculty position at Sage Hill. The works are created for the event by Saskatoon visual artist, Michael Hosaluk. The funds raised will allow Sage Hill to bring more esteemed faculty to Saskatchewan so that they can work with good writers who want to write better.


And no event is complete without music. Composer and pianist David McIntyre and violinist Eduard Minevich, former concertmaster of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, will provide an unforgettable musical performance.


Admission is $25 at the door or you can pay online HERE, with all proceeds going to Sage Hill Writing Experience. Carol Hill and the Max Bell Foundation are this evening’s gracious sponsors.

Check out the event on Sage Hill’s Facebook page by clicking here.

November 1st, 2014

7:00 pm

at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina


Please RSVP Byrna or Philip

Byrna Barclay:  byrnabarclay@sasktel.net

Philip Adams:  philip@sagehillwriting.ca

For more information call 306-652-7395

Steven Heighton confirmed to lead Sage Hill’s 2015 Poetry Workshop


Steven Heighton“Interest is never enough. If it doesn’t haunt you, you’ll never write it well. What haunts and obsesses you into writing may, with luck and labour, interest your readers. What merely interests you is sure to bore them.”



Steve H, Patient Frame

Steven Heighton is a novelist, essayist, poet, short story writer, and inspirationalist when it comes to advice on writing. With thirteen publications under his belt, including the novel Every Lost Country, a collection of musing and meditations in Workbook: memos & dispatches on writing, and the short story collection The Dead are more Visible, the last of which was a finalist for the 2013 Trillium Literary award. Suffice it to say, the man knows his way around the written word, and a leather jacket.  His most recent collection of poetry, Patient Frame, includes poems which won a National Magazine Award and the P.K. Page Award, and appeared in publications like London Review of Books, Poetry, TLR, Best American Poetry, Brick, The Walrus, and two editions of Best Canadian Poetry.
Steven was born in Toronto, Ontario and has a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts from Queen’s University. For more information on Steven visit his website by clicking here.



The Dead are more Visible We asked Steven to share with us his perfect poetry-writing environment, he said “The one essential component would be a bare desk.  A huge, uncluttered, naked desk.  No notes-to-self stratifying on one corner and, on the other, a bale of bills with a cheque-book perched impatiently on top.  None of that.  And no stack of books and magazines to catch up on.  And no internet connection, by modem cord or wi-fi.  No telephone, either landline or cell.  Nothing but a ridiculously big desk with nothing on it except, maybe, a laptop computer, or maybe just a sheet of bare paper and a pen.  Oh, and a cup of coffee, black and strong and bitter as death, or, if it’s evening, a glass of Douro red or Irish whiskey.  And a few hours’ worth of silence–three, maybe four.  And a trail to run on at the end of the day.”
Steve H, Workbook



 With no shortage on advice for writers, Steven offers some sage words from his book, Workbook: memos & dispatches on writing for writers in a slump: “There comes a point when an hour of sketching objects from life or learning to play a musical instrument will make you a better writer than another hour of writing or reading will.”