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Emerging Writers’ Course

EMERGING WRITERS’ COURSE | July 4 – 14, 2020


Summer programs will be offered online due to COVID-19.

Applications For the Adult Summer Courses are Now Closed.

Application Fee: $25
Tuition: $595

You DO NOT need to be published to attend!

Simply attach a 5-page writing sample during the application process.

This course is designed for writers in any genre who need a nudge to take the leap of faith that will lift their manuscript to new levels. Part workshop, part discussion group, and part assignment writing, participants will learn the tools and techniques for mastering the mechanics of rewriting, rethinking, and revising. A practical, hands-on course for those who want to develop better writing, editing and self-editing skills. This course is meant to enhance your work, and strengthen writing towards a publishable state.

“Sage Hill is a Canadian writing experience. More than anything I’ve done, Sage Hill grounded me as both as a Canadian and a writer.”
     – Jerome Peacock, 2019 Emerging Writers’ Course Alum

“The instructors were fantastic and it was a real honour to get to work with them and get their super helpful feedback.”
     – Shannon McConnell, 2019 Emerging Writers’ Course Alum

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with Tariq Hussain

Tariq Hussain is a Juno nominated singer/songwriter and recording artist and also a member of the critically acclaimed Vancouver band, Brasstronaut. The songs on Tariq’s latest solo offering feel a bit like short stories, hence the title, Telegrams (2019)—brief glimpses into fictional lives. Tariq is also a nonfiction writer whose essays on song craft have appeared in the Walrus Magazine. He is currently working on a memoir about growing up as a first generation Canadian kid who dreams of playing in a rock n’ roll band. Tariq teaches lyric writing in the Creative Writing Program at UBC in Vancouver.

and Micheline Maylor

Dr. Micheline Maylor is the Poet Laureate Emeritus of Calgary (2016-18). She is a University of Calgary Senator, a Walrus talker, a TEDX talker, and she was the Calgary Public Library Author in Residence (2016). Micheline attained a Ph.D. at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in English Language and Literature with a specialisation in Creative Writing and 20th Century Canadian Literature. She teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University where she won the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award, the 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. She also teaches poetry short form at University of Calgary. She was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry. She serves as poetry acquisitions editor at Frontenac House Press since 2012. She is the co-founder of Freefall Literary Society and remains a consulting editor. Her most recent book Little Wildheart (U of A Press 2017) was long listed for both the Pat Lowther and the Raymond Souster Awards. Her collection Whirr and Click was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther award (2013). Her latest “How to be a Bad Wife” is due in 2021 with University of Alberta Press. 

Sage Hill’s Summer Writing Courses are made possible
by generous donors, funders, and community partners.

Many thanks to the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, SaskLotteries, the Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the League of Canadian Poets.






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