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Poetry Colloquium

facilitated by Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer

Programming Update

The Poetry Colloquium usually held in spring has been moved to the fall of 2021 in hopes that we will be able to gather in person. If it is safe to hold the retreat in person, the 2021 Poetry Colloquium will take place in Muenster, SK, at St. Peter’s College. If it is not possible to gather, the program will be held online and tuition will be reduced accordingly. Sage Hill and St. Peter’s Abbey are following provincial health guidelines carefully to ensure we can provide creative writing instruction and programming while keeping participants and instructors safe.

Poetry Colloquium Dates: Sept. 12-18, 2021

Applications for the 2021 Nonfiction Course are now closed.



This is a facilitated retreat for eight poets who have a publication record of at least one book of poetry or the equivalent in periodicals and are working towards manuscript completion. The colloquium offers a small group context. Focus will be on individual manuscript consultations and on seminar discussions dealing with technical, philosophical, or conceptual issues in contemporary poetry. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion setting with an emphasis on individual writing and manuscript revision. Application is open to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad.

“It was a great getaway and beautiful location. Lots of individual writing time gave me the chance to immerse myself in my project.”
      – Anonymous 2020 Colloquium Alum

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Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer

Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Louise is married and has two adult children and three grandsons. She graduated with a Bachelor of social work from the University of Regina.  She served as Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate for two years and has traveled extensively. She has served as “keynote speaker” at numerous conferences. Her books, Bear Bones and Feathers, Blue Marrow, The Crooked Good, and Burning In This Midnight Dream published by Coteau Publishers have all received numerous accolades and awards. All will be republished by Brick Books and Kegedonce. Sohkeyihta are selected poem published by Wilfred Laurier Press. Awasis – Kinky and Disheveled will be released in the spring of 2021, and published by Brick Books.Louise received the following honorary degrees: Wilfred Laurier University, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, and the University of Saskatchewan and Mount Royal University – Calgary, Alberta. She serves as an Elder and consultant for various committees and departments at the University of Saskatchewan and other provinces.


Application fee:  $25
Poetry Colloquium Tuition:  $1190

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Venue: St. Peter’s Abbey


  • Each writer will have a private bedroom with their own bathroom and shower.
  • Rooms include a desk that will serve as a personal writing space.

Group Sessions

  • Group sessions will be held in the Lower Severin Lounge, a large area that allows for social distancing.


  • Meals will be in the Abbey dining room. This area is also large enough to allow for social distancing. The Abbey is following strict restaurant protocols for food service.


Please contact if you have questions about the
Spring Colloquium.

Writers are frequently successful at securing externally funded professional development and/or artists’ grants to attend Sage Hill Writing, we recommend exploring your funding options.
Here’s a place to start!

Sage Hill’s Spring Writing Workshop is 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,  the League of Canadian Poets, and Reid-Thompson Public Library.

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