Elizabeth Philips is the author of four collections of poetry, and in 2015 published her first novel, The Afterlife of Birds, winner of the City of Saskatoon Book Award and a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She has edited over 50 books of fiction and poetry for various publishers, and is a past editor of the literary magazine Grain. She has taught extensively in creative writing programs at the Banff Centre and was director of the Emerging Writers Intensive there for eight years. In 2018 – 2019, she was writer-in-residence at the Saskatoon Public Library. She frequently participates in various mentorship programs, providing feedback and support to writers in all genres. She lives in Saskatoon.
Jason Heit was raised on his family’s farm in west central Saskatchewan. Growing up in a rural community that struggled to thrive inspired him to study rural issues and work in the area of community economic development in Canada, Latin America, and Mongolia. He holds a Master’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on co-operative organizations from the University of Saskatchewan, and continues to work in economic development as a policy analyst with the federal government. Heit’s writing often reflects his interest in rural communities and people, their issues and stories. His short stories have appeared in Event and Coffin Bell. Kaidenberg’s Best Sons is his first book. Best Son’s was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2020 and was the winner of the First Book Award and the Muslim’s for Peace and Justice Fiction Award. Jason Heit and his wife, Jacqueline, have two children. They live near Pike Lake, Saskatchewan.
Summer Reading Series
Thank you to all who joined Sage Hill for online readings by summer faculty: Tanis MacDonald, Micheline Maylor, Catherine Banks, Tariq Hussain & Jacqueline Baker! And a Kroetsch Keynote delivered by Griffin Poetry Prize finalist, Sandra Ridley! These public events were held online via Zoom.
Reading #1: Monday, July 6, 2020 5 PM SK Time
Tanis MacDonald, Catherine Banks, Micheline Maylor
Reading #2: Thursday, July 9, 2020 5 PM SK Time
Kroetsch Keynote by Sandra Ridley
Reading by Jacqueline Baker
Music by Tariq Hussain
Sandra Ridley is the author of four books of poetry: Fallout, Post-Apothecary, The Counting House, and Silvija — a finalist for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize. A recipient of the bp Nichol Prize and a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, she has received a Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing and won the Toronto International Festival of Authors ‘Battle of the Bards’. She has also been recently nominated for Ontario’s KM Hunter Artist Award for Mid-Career Writer. Sandra has taught poetry at Carleton University and has been a writing mentor through Ottawa’s Supportive Housing and Mental Health Services “Footprints to Recovery” program for people living with mental illness. She grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and now lives in Ottawa.
Sage Hill Writing’s
Online Teen & Young Writers’ Workshops
Applications for 2020 yoouth programs are now closed.
Youth programs will be offered online due to COVID-19.
As always, Sage Hill’s youth programs are FREE for all participants!
Teen workshops are recommended for writers who will be 14-18 years old at the time of the program.
Young writers’ workshops are recommended for those who will be 12-16 years old.
Swift Current Young Writer’s Workshop
July 27-31, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Madonna Hamel
Moose Jaw Teen Writing Workshop
July 13-17, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Kristine Scarrow
Prince Albert Teen Writing Workshop
July 13-17, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Evonne Garnett
La Ronge Teen Writing Workshop
July 20-24, 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Janelle “ecoaborijanelle” Pewapsconias
Regina Teen Writing Workshop
July 27-31, 10:00am-4:30pm
Instructor: Melanie Schnell
Saskatoon Teen Writing Workshop
August 10-14, 10:30am-4:30pm
Instructor: Danica Lorer
Sage Hill Writing
Online Summer Courses
July 4 – 14, 2020
Applications For the Adult Summer Courses are Now Closed.
Summer programs will be offered online due to COVID-19.
Application Fee: $25
“Sage Hill has changed my life.”
– Caitlin Arnal, 2019 Emerging Writers’ Course Alum
“Sage Hill is enriching and inspiring. Breakthroughs and learning happened at every turn. Sage Hill kindled new friendships I already treasure.”
– Joni Laberge, 2019 Fiction Course Alum
Live group sessions discussing the craft of writing.
1-on-1 mentoring with instructor providing individual critiques.
Personal writing time and feedback on work as it develops.
Faculty and participant readings.
You’re an ideal applicant if you:
- are looking for a published author to mentor you in your writing.
- want to move your manuscript towards a publishable state.
- are working on a writing project that needs an influx of time & energy.
- would like to build your community & meet writers across Canada.
- desire to refine your writing skills & have fun in the process!
Sage Hill Writing intentionally keeps class sizes small for optimum instructor / participant ratio.
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