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Regina Teen Writing Program

Regina Teen Writing Program 2020

Location: ONLINE!

Run Time: July 27 – 31, 2020. 10:00am – 4:30pm.

The 2020 Teen and Young Writers’ Workshops are now complete.

Thanks to participants who joined Sage Hill’s very first virtual workshops!

Check back in the spring to apply for the summer 2021 Youth Workshops.

Instructor: Melanie Schnell

Melanie Schnell grew up on a farm in southern Saskatchewan and lived in several countries before spending the better part of one year in South Sudan where she did the core of her research for her first novel, While the Sun is Above Us.

While the Sun is Above Us (Freehand Books, 2012) won the Saskatchewan First Book Award and The City of Regina Award in 2013 and was shortlisted for The Fiction Award and Book of the Year award. The novel has been listed as part of the ELA A30 curriculum in both Public and Catholic schools across Saskatchewan.

She has published long and short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her poem, “Granddaughter”, won first place in the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild Manuscript Awards in 2008. Her television scripts aired on SCN and CBC in 2009. Her fiction placed second in the City of Regina Awards in 2010 and 2017.

Melanie teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Regina. She is at work on her second novel, a literary murder mystery set in Canada.  Visit Melanie’s website at

Guest Author: Sarah Ens

Sarah Ens is a writer and editor based in Treaty 6 territory. Her writing has appeared in literary journals such as Prairie Fire, Arc Poetry Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, and Poetry Is Dead and in 2019, she won The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Her debut collection of poetry, The World Is Mostly Sky, came out this spring with Turnstone Press. She is currently completing her MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

Sage Hill’s Regina Teen Writing Workshop is made possible
by generous donors, funders, and community partners.

Many thanks to Regina Public Library, the City of Regina, Community Initiatives Fund, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, and SaskLotteries.

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