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Swift Current Young Writers’ Program

Swift Current Young Writers’ Program 2020

This year’s Swift Current workshop is recommended for applicants who will be 11 – 16 years old at the time of the program.

Location: ONLINE!

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


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.


Photo by James R. Page

Instructor: Madonna Hamel

Madonna Hamel is a writer – performer who works in a variety of genres including radio documentary, one-woman monologues, poetry, screenwriting, nonfiction essays, and short stories. Her column “Ask Your Life” has been adapted into a memoir-writing course and tailored to teens. Her touring show “Mother’s Apron” was showcased last summer at The Lyric, toured BC and Saskatchewan last year, and is now being adapted into a novel.  For three years, she wrote a weekly column called “The Story Pool” for Maple Creek News. She was awarded the 2020 Wallace Stegner House residency.

Madonna encourages students to find the format that works for them, to understand their inclination and direction. Her workshops are very enjoyable for students; many return every year, have formed strong bonds, and are always welcoming to new students. Madonna encourages clarity and originality in writing through a strong focus on word choice, so students start every class with new words they’ve found – or just recently realized they love.

Guest Author: James R. Page

James R. Page is a freelance writer-photographer-teacher whose book, Wild Prairie, was published in 2005 by Greystone Books in Vancouver. Prior to that he was the photo columnist and a features writer for Explore magazine for twelve years. He has also written articles for Photo Life, Prairies North, and other publications. Several thousand of his images have appeared in print media: books, magazines, calendars, cards, posters, and more. He believes that “What is worth reading?” is a much more important question than “What’s for dinner?” His favourite word is “bewildered”, because there are always more questions than answers. He enjoys the creative journey more than the end product. He likes critters, gardens, old cars, hockey, wild places, good music, good books, and prairie storms provided they don’t destroy his roof yet again. He lives in Val Marie, Saskatchewan.


Sage Hill’s Swift Current Young Writers’ Workshop is made possible
by generous donors, funders, and community partners.

Many thanks to the Swift Current Chinook Regional Library, Community Initiatives Fund, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, and SaskLotteries.

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