Teen Writing Experience

Teen Writing Experiences are held in summer throughout the province. They offer up to 14 teens in each location the opportunity to develop their skills as creative writers with a professional writer. The workshops are held in partnership with local libraries and are free of charge. Applicants must be between 14 – 18 years old at the time of the programme they intend to apply for.


Check out our programmes in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, and La Ronge!




Contact us with your questions any time.

Regina Teen Writing Experience

July 20-24, 2015

LOCATION: Sunrise Branch, Regina Public Library

ADDRESS: 3130 Woodhams Drive, 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.






(Deadline to apply is June 2, 2015)

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)

Prince Albert Teen Writing Experience

July 7-11, 2014

LOCATION: John M. Cuelenaere Public Library

ADDRESS: 125-12 Street East, Prince Albert, SK


Your intrepid facilitator …


Feb 2014Carla Braidek lives in the boreal forest near Big River, Sask. The
wilderness and the quirks and foibles of humanity provide her with endless
writing material. She has been published in several magazines, has a
chapbook and a full-length book. Her work has been part of a poetic play
and has been included in a full-length documentary. Carla has been in
classrooms from grade 1 to 12, has taught outdoors, at libraries, and on
city streets.


Your special guest …


©2009 alex felipe All Rights Reserved. Native Earth shoot at Six Nations Res.Yvette Nolan is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Video, Annie Mae’s Movement, Scattering Jake, Ham and the Ram, The Unplugging, The Birds (a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy), Alaska and the text for from thine eyes (Signal Theatre). Directing credits include Justice by Leonard Linklater, Café Daughter by Kenneth T Williams (Gwaandak Theatre), Tombs of the Vanishing Indian and The Unnatural and Accidental Women by Marie Clements, Salt Baby by Falen Johnson, A Very Polite Genocide by Melanie J Murray, Death of a Chief, Darrell Dennis’ Tales of An Urban Indian, Annie Mae’s Movement (Native Earth Performing Arts), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Western Canada Theatre/National Arts Centre), Yoga Cannibal (Jungalee Gal Productions), The Only Good Indian… and The Triple Truth (Turtle Gals). In 2007, she received the Maggie Bassett Award for service to the theatre community, and in 2011, the George Luscombe Award for mentorship in professional theatre. From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. In 2011-12, she was the Writer In Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library.  She is currently working on Medicine Shows, a book about Native theatre in Canada.



(Deadline to apply is June 2, 2014)


Saskatoon Teen Writing Experience

August 11-15, 2014

LOCATION: Saskatoon Public Library, Frances Morrison Branch

ADDRESS: 311 – 23rd St East, Saskatoon, SK


Your intrepid facilitator…


dee hobsdawn-smith resizedee Hobsbawn-Smith grew up in a Air Force family and is a fifth-generation SK prairie dweller. Her award-winning journalism, poetry, essays and fiction has aired on the CBC and has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and literary journals in Canada, the USA and elsewhere. In spring 2014, Hagios Press will publish Wildness Rushing In, her first poetry collection. Next year, Thistledown Press will publish Appetites: Stories, her first collection of short stories.
Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, dee’s fifth book, won Best Culinary Book at the 2013 High Plains Book Awards in Billings, Montana. It also won the Best (Canadian English-language) Food Literature Award in the 2013 Gourmand World Book Awards. Her restaurant, Foodsmith, was an early leader in Calgary’s emerging locavore scene between 1992 and 1994, where she served for many years as a chef and journalist, author, educator, and local foods advocate.
dee is a long-time coffee aficionado and spends her spare time drinking lattés or wine, painting, reading, watching movies, cooking or sewing, writing, yoga-ing, walking or playing with her pets. She has two sons; both are talented and proficient professional cooks.


Your special guest …


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The Saskatoon Poetry Slam team, but we won’t know who those 5 team members are until May 18th, when the team is selected at the Saskatoon Poetry Slam finals! Along with having the honour of speaking to Saskatoon’s up and coming teen writers at Sage Hill, the team will also travel to Victoria, BC in October to compete in Canada’s national poetry slam competition: the Canada Festival of Spoken Word. Here’s a list of Saskatoon’s past slam teams.


At the Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience, the team will perform for the participants and lead them through various writing and performance exercises. “Spoken word” is the defining genre of the poetry slam team, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s all poetry. It’s also storytelling, fictional narrative, and personal memoir, and many other things that aren’t easily pigeon-holed. 



(Deadline to apply is June 2, 2014)

Our Teen Writing Experience 2014 kicks off with a blast in La Ronge, SK!

March 3-7, 2014, Sage Hill Writing sent Vancouver Spoken Word artist Zaccheus Jackson to La Ronge, Saskatchewan to lead writing and performance workshops with La Ronge youth from Senator Myles Venne School and Churchill Community High School. Sage Hill staff dropped in for a visit at the end of the week and were stunned by the work, confidence, and dedication of these young writers and how well they took to Zaccheus. Grinning ear to ear and full of stories from the week, Zaccheus was sent home with gifts, personal notes of thanks, and tons of hugs and smiles.

Thank you to Adele Meleca (Senator Myles Venne School) and Anne Dorion (Churchill Community High School) for their important work in keeping this program in La Ronge year after year and maintaining a youth Writing Club! Sage Hill is so pleased to have such enthusiastic community support for this programme.


You can see more pictures from the workshop on our Facebook page here!

Zaccheus Jackson puts on his toque and comes to Saskatchewan!


Zaccheus Jackson Internet Poster