The SWG is pleased to announce Gail Bowen as our Winter Virtual Writer-in-Residence for February 1 to April 30, 2022. Gail Bowen is a prolific author, playwright and teacher. Her best-known works are the Joanne Kilbourn series of mystery novels, all of which are set in Saskatchewan. An Image in the Lake is the twentieth novel in Bowen’s Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mystery series. Bowen has also written four Charlie Dowhanuik novellas for Orca books. Sleuth: Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries was published in March 2018. Bowen has written plays for CBC Radio and for theatrical production across Canada. She lives in Regina with her husband Ted.



The Virtual Writer-in-Residence (VWiR) program provides opportunities for SWG members writing at all levels of development and in all genres to receive guidance and advice on a specific writing project from an established Saskatchewan writer. If you are a SWG member living in Saskatchewan outside of Regina or Saskatoon, you are eligible to access this service. Members can submit up to 15 pages to the VWIR and meet one-on-one through Zoom to talk about the individual’s writing. More information about the service and how to work with Gail is available here.


A Message from Gail:

Receiving two invitations is a nice way to start 2022. My first invitation is to join Cat Abenstein, SWG’s Program Coordinator, and me at noon on Thursday, February 10th for an hour-long discussion about how I believe I can best serve you as SWG’s Virtual Writer in Residence.

Invitation #2 is simply to ask you to join me on the path we jointly agree will give you a solid strategy for achieving your goal as a writer. My tenure as VWIR runs between February 1st and April 30th. After you’ve made your appointment, I’d like you to answer 3 questions. What do you hope to achieve with your current manuscript? What three works in your genre do you most admire? Why? Your answers will get us off to a great start. I can hardly wait!

* Gail