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Nonfiction Course


NONFICTION COURSE | July 4 – 14, 2020

Instructed by Tanis MacDonald

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

Applications For the Adult Summer Courses are Now Closed.

Application Fee: $25
Tuition: $595


This facilitated course is designed for six writers of creative nonfiction and memoir who have begun to publish in journals and want to go beyond the basics of the genre. Part workshop and part style incubator, in these sessions we will discuss ways to approach form, voice, and challenging material via the art of the particular. This course includes one-on-one meetings with the instructor and short lessons in freshening your approach and testing the limits of the genre. Application is open to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad.

“Tanis MacDonald did a fantastic job working with a diverse collection of writers. There was a great balance between informative lectures and getting feedback. A stellar group of students in my class, I learned a ton!!!”
     – Anne McDonald, 2018 Nonfiction Course Alum

“Tanis MacDonald is brilliant. She is a positive and constructive instructor and facilitator. I want to work with her again.”
      – Anonymous 2019 Nonfiction Course Alum

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with Tanis MacDonald

Tanis MacDonald’s memoir in essays, Out of Line: Daring to be an Artist Outside the Big City, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2018. She is the co-editor (with Ariel Gordon and Rosanna Deerchild) of the multi-genre anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac House, 2018), and was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize for The Daughter’s Way (WLUP, 2012). Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Prairie Fire, Studies in Canadian Literature, Tessera, The New Quarterly, and Hamilton Arts and Letters, and in the anthologies Far and Wide (Pearson), Refuse (Book*hug), Against Death (Anvil Press), and Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New and Beginner Writers (Black Lawrence Press). Tanis is also the author of four books of poetry: the latest, Mobile, is forthcoming with Book*hug Press in Fall 2019. She won the Robert Kroetsch Teaching Award from the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs in 2017. Currently Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, she has taught a generation of creative writers across the country.


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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