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Applicants may apply for only one bursary, and are awarded to those who clearly demonstrate financial need. Choose the one you feel most qualified to receive.

You may apply for a scholarship/bursary during the registration process. This is a separate application and adjudication procedure. Deadline for scholarship applications is the same as the programme for which you are applying.

Bursaries are limited in supply and are made available through the generosity of people who believe in Sage Hill.

Applicants may also query organizations such as local art councils, cultural offices and service clubs in their own community for other sources of support. Saskatchewan writers may be eligible for assistance from the Saskatchewan Arts Board; contact the Literary Arts Consultant (306-964-1163).


Spring Colloquium


This scholarship is offered in memory of Calgary poet Sharon Drummond by her family. The partial tuition scholarship will be granted to an emerging writer who is a participant in the 2012 Spring Poetry Colloquium at Sage Hill.

Born in Michigan, Sharon Drummond moved to Calgary in 1976 and lived there until her death in 2005. A gifted and dedicated writer, she published three books of poetry, Still the Rush, Into This Room, and Where It Began. Drummond also devoted time as a writing instructor, as an integral member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, and as a mother to her three daughters. Her daughter said, “ Her time at Sage Hill was so important to her; it changed her life,” which is why this bursary exists.


Sage Hill Writing Experience Board of Directors is please to award bursaries ranging from $200 to full tuition of $1495. These are awarded to worthy participants in the Spring Colloquium who have demonstrated a real need.



Summer Adult Experience

For Saskatchewan Writers


Awarded annually through the generosity of the Saskatoon Branch of the Canadian Women’s Press Club. Awarded to a promising Saskatchewan writer who wishes to attend the summer Sage Hill Experience. This is a partial tuition bursary that requires nominal assistance to the Executive Director.

Known as Canada’s Mark Twain, W. O. Mitchell was born in Weyburn Saskatchewan. As a Canadian writer and broadcaster, Mitchell’s work often depicted prairie life. Best known for his novel, Who Has Seen the Wind and for his radio series, Jake and the Kid, he was also a high school teacher, a creative writing professor, and founded the creative writing program at the Banff Centre. Mitchell was awarded five doctorates from Canadian universities, became an officer of the Order of Canada, was a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, and has two schools named after him in his honour. He’s one of Canada’s best storytellers, and, like Tommy Douglas, everyone prairie person has a Bill Mitchell story.


A partial tuition scholarship given to a Saskatchewan writer through the generosity of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, in honour of the late John V. Hicks, former Poet Laureate of Prince Albert, for his contributions and years of service to the literary arts.

John V. Hicks’ parents immigrated to Canada from England when their son was just an infant. Settling in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan as a professional accountant, Hicks did not publish his first of nine books until 1978, decades after working on his poetry craft. An artistic mentor at the Prince Albert Arts Centre, his dedication to the arts was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, awarded with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and honoured with the lifetime award for excellence from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.


A scholarship offered by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild in honour of the late Jerry Rush, a beloved poet and teacher. This partial tuition scholarship is available to Saskatchewan candidates between 19 and 24 years of age who show skills in writing poetry.

Born in Saskatchewan, Jerry Rush was a poet, teacher, editor, and member of The Correction Line, a Regina writing group. Rush published two books in the 1980’s Earth Dreams and The Bones of Their Occasion, shortly before he lost his battle to cancer in 1986.


For Manitoba Writers


In recognition of her significant contribution to the writing community in Manitoba, individual donors through the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and Prairie Fire magazine are offering this $1000 partial tuition bursary to one Manitoba writer to attend the Summer Adult Experience in any genre. Anne was important to Manitoba and to Sage Hill.

Born in England, Anne Szumigalski served as a medical officer and interpreter with the Red Cross for the British Army during World War II. In 1951, Szumigalski immigrated to Canada with her husband where they raised their family. Szumigalski published poetry collections, books and a memoir, helped establish the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild and co-founded the literary journal, Grain. Published in 1995, Szumigalski’s poetry collection, Voice, was awarded the Governor General’s Award. Her passion for writing and writing better are legendary.


For All Writers


A $300 scholarship offered to a worthy writer in any genre. Offered in memory of long-time supporter Joan Stoicheff.



A $300 scholarship offered to a worthy writer accepted into the Summer Poetry Workshop.



Sage Hill Writing Experience Board of Directors will award a number of bursaries ranging from $200 to full tuition of $1295. These are awarded in any genre to those writers who have demonstrated a real need. As we trust you to apply out of true need, you can trust us that this information will be kept in confidence.



A $300 scholarship offered to a writer in any genre. Offered in memory of Robert Kroestch.

Robert Kroestch was born in Alberta. During his life he lived in and travelled to many places yet always provided a perspective and commentary on his home province. After completing his English and Philosophy degree at the University of Alberta, Kroestch worked in the Canadian North. Following this he completed his Master’s degree and PhD in the United States, met his first wife, and helped raise their two daughters. A professor first at Binghamton University then at the University of Manitoba, Kroestch continued to write and publish wherever he was. Retiring – from teaching, though not from writing – Kroestch returned to Alberta and died in a car accident at 83 years old on his way home after a literary festival. He won numerous awards throughout his life including the Office of the Order of Canada, the Killam Award, and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for The Studhorse Man.



A $200 scholarship offered by the Painchaud family toward the tuition of deserving participant in any program.

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