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Saskatoon Teen Writing Experience

August 11-15, 2014

LOCATION: Saskatoon Public Library, Frances Morrison Branch

ADDRESS: 311 – 23rd St East, Saskatoon, SK


Your intrepid facilitator…


dee hobsdawn-smith resizedee Hobsbawn-Smith grew up in a Air Force family and is a fifth-generation SK prairie dweller. Her award-winning journalism, poetry, essays and fiction has aired on the CBC and has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and literary journals in Canada, the USA and elsewhere. In spring 2014, Hagios Press will publish Wildness Rushing In, her first poetry collection. Next year, Thistledown Press will publish Appetites: Stories, her first collection of short stories.
Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, dee’s fifth book, won Best Culinary Book at the 2013 High Plains Book Awards in Billings, Montana. It also won the Best (Canadian English-language) Food Literature Award in the 2013 Gourmand World Book Awards. Her restaurant, Foodsmith, was an early leader in Calgary’s emerging locavore scene between 1992 and 1994, where she served for many years as a chef and journalist, author, educator, and local foods advocate.
dee is a long-time coffee aficionado and spends her spare time drinking lattés or wine, painting, reading, watching movies, cooking or sewing, writing, yoga-ing, walking or playing with her pets. She has two sons; both are talented and proficient professional cooks.


Your special guest …


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The Saskatoon Poetry Slam team, but we won’t know who those 5 team members are until May 18th, when the team is selected at the Saskatoon Poetry Slam finals! Along with having the honour of speaking to Saskatoon’s up and coming teen writers at Sage Hill, the team will also travel to Victoria, BC in October to compete in Canada’s national poetry slam competition: the Canada Festival of Spoken Word. Here’s a list of Saskatoon’s past slam teams.


At the Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience, the team will perform for the participants and lead them through various writing and performance exercises. “Spoken word” is the defining genre of the poetry slam team, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s all poetry. It’s also storytelling, fictional narrative, and personal memoir, and many other things that aren’t easily pigeon-holed. 



(Deadline to apply is June 2, 2014)

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