The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce Neil Aitken as the next Virtual Writer-in-Residence. Neil will be working with SWG members in this online program between September 1 to November 30, 2020. 

Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, Babbage’s Dream (Sundress 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), winner of the Philip Levine Prize. His poems have appeared in The Adroit JournalAmerican Literary ReviewCrab Orchard Review, and many other journals and anthologies. Born in Vancouver, BC, he spent part of his childhood in North Battleford, before moving to Regina for high school. After completing an MFA and Ph.D. in the US, he returned to Regina and now works as a creative writing coach and manuscript consultant. He is currently at work on his first opera libretto, a commissioned piece for Los Angeles Opera. (

The Virtual Writer-in-Residence program is open to any current SWG member living outside of Regina or Saskatoon. Writers of any genre and level of ability are welcome to access this program. Members can submit proposals, writing samples or excerpts up to a max of 15 pages to Neil, who will discuss your work, give feedback and answer any writing questions you may have during a one-hour virtual Zoom consultation. 

For more information about the program, and how to access the Virtual Writer-in-Residence, please check our webpage

To learn more about Neil and to listen to a reading of his poetry, check out this interview:

For more information, please contact:
Yolanda Hansen, Program Manager
T: 306.791.7743

Program supported by: