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Swift Current Young Writers’ Program

Swift Current Young Writers’ Program 2021

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 19 – 23, 2021. 10:00am – 4:00pm.

The Swift Current program is now complete.

Please check back in the spring to apply for the 2022 summer workshop.

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.

Photo by Madonna Hamel

Guest Author: James R. Page

James R. Page is the author of Wild Prairie: A Photographer’s Personal Journey, published by Greystone Books (Vancouver, BC). During a long career as a freelance writer-photographer-teacher, he has been the photo columnist for Explore magazine, a features writer for various other magazines, and has taught at the Western Academy of Photography (Victoria) and led independent photo workshops in both BC and Saskatchewan. He currently lives in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, on the edge of the wild prairie, where he can spend time with wild critters in the vast unpopulated spaces of one of North America’s most threatened ecosystems. You can find his recent work at:

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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