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Prince Albert Teen Writing Program

Prince Albert Teen Writing Program 2018

Registration for the Prince Albert 2018 workshop is closed.  Please check back in 2019 for information on next summer’s program.

Location: John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, 125 – 12th Street East

Run Time: July 23 – 27, 2018. 10:00am – 4:00pm.

 

Instructor: Evonne Garnett

Evonne Garnett lives in Prince Albert, teaches Creative Writing at one of the high schools there, and, when it’s offered, at the Polytechnic Institute as well. She has participated in Sage Hill’s Summer Writing Program and is still in awe of that experience. She was over the moon in 2013 when she was long-listed for CBC Writes. She is published in small ways here and there, is working on a chapter for a feminist textbook to be published in the next year, and is a involved in the local writing community. She is charmed by cats, gardens, books of all kinds, traveling experiences, dark chocolate, and warm conversation, always.

Guest Author: John McDonald

John McDonald is a writer, artist, historian, musician, playwright, actor and activist originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A sixth-generation direct descendant of Chief Mistawasis of the Plains Cree, John’s writings and artwork have been displayed in various publications, private and permanent collections and galleries around the world, including the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. John is one of the founding members of the P.A. Lowbrow art movement, and is the Vice President of the Indigenous Peoples Artists Collective, and he is also vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Spark Theatre. He has served as guest editorial writer for several international publications. John is also the author of “The Glass Lodge”, published by Kegedonce Press, which was selected as one of the books for the 2009 First Nations Libraries Community Reads program, “Been a Year”, published by Jack Pine Press, and several self-published works. He has also contributed work to anthologies and secondary school textbooks.

​John has studied at England’s prestigious University of Cambridge, where in July 2000 he made international headlines by symbolically ‘discovering’ and ‘claiming’ England for the First Peoples of the Americas. John is also an acclaimed public speaker, who has presented in venues across the globe, such as the Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival, the Black Hills Seminars on Reclaiming Youth, The Appalachian Mountain Seminars, the Edmonton and Fort McMurray Literary Festival, the Eden Mills Writers Festival and at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. John was honoured with the opportunity to speak in Australia in April of 2001. John was also included in the Aboriginal Artists and Performers Inventory for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC.

John’s artwork and writing have been nominated for several awards, including the 2001 Saskatchewan Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award, and he has been honoured with several grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

A noted polymath, John lives in Northern Saskatchewan.​

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