Summer Adult Programmes | July 22 – 31, 2014
These programmes are for adult writers at different levels of experience in the arts of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The focus is on the writing process and development of participants’ skills in a small group context. There are introductory, intermediate and advanced levels, each with excellent instructors. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion and intense 10 days, mid-summer, in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley. Application is open to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad.
EMERGING WRITER WORKSHOP
a course for emerging writers who understand the basics of writing in a variety of genres and want to take ideas forward in stories or poems or whatever concrete form their imaginations take, to go from inspiration to articulation. Writers will be expected to have some work published and are looking to drive deeper into the mechanics and protocols of critiquing and workshopping, rethinking and revising. This is a practical, hardworking group of 11 writers who want to develop better writing, editing, and work habits.
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.
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.”
a workshop for six participants who have acquired and moved beyond basic skills in short or long fiction, who have published in periodicals, and who wish further development.
The Fiction Workshop will focus on works in progress and will combine group discussion, writing time, and individual critiques.
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.”
a workshop for six participants who have acquired and moved beyond basic skills in short or long non-fiction. This workshop will focus on works in progress and will combine group discussion, writing time, and individual critiques. Publication is not a prerequisite for inclusion in this workshop if the quality of your submitted material is high. However, publication in periodicals, journals, or in book form is definitely considered an asset.
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 (new to Sage Hill)
a workshop for six participants who will create and refine spoken word pieces, and learn techniques and concepts to support engaging writing and dynamic performances. In a supportive, mentoring environment, participants will learn to bring their words to life through the playful exploration of a range of spoken word forms, and to take their work from the page to the stage with confidence. Applicants should have significant performance experience, awards, and feature invitations to events and different spoken word series.
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.
a concept and process lab/seminar for five poets who have manuscripts in progress. The applicants will have published at least one book of poetry or the equivalent in periodicals. Focus will be on individual manuscript consultations and on seminar discussions dealing with technical, philosophical, or conceptual issues in contemporary poetry. There will be writing time, but please note that group participation is required.
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.
a 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 will focus on works in progress and will combine group discussion, plenty of writing time, and individual critiques.
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.
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