Events & Workshops

Event Type
Calls Of Interest

Deadline: September 2, 2021 - 2:00 pm (SK Time)
St. Peter's Abbey
Yolanda Hanson - Program Manager
Deadline: September 2, 2021 - 2:00 pm (SK Time)

Call for Writer-in-Residence for November 2021 Facilitated Retreat

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is seeking a Writer-In-Residence (WIR) for our November Facilitated Retreat at St. Peter’s Abbey from November 11-14, 2021.


The Facilitated Retreat is open to beginner or emerging writers in any genre and is intended to include both silent writing time and interaction with the Writer-in-Residence.


The Writer-in-Residence will give a 60-min talk about the craft of writing, intended for writers of all genres, on the first evening of the facilitated retreat. The WIR will also meet one-on-one with each participant (maximum of ten) for one hour to give specific feedback on their submitted writing and/or answers to their writing-related questions. The WIR will be available for informal discussion with participants during meals and will host a reading of the participants’ work on the last evening. The object of the Facilitated Retreat is to encourage and offer advice to participants. 

The Facilitated Retreat will take place at St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, from November 11-14, 2021, with arrival during the late afternoon of Thursday, Nov 11 and departure the morning of Sunday, Nov 14. The Writer-in-Residence will be paid a flat fee of $1750, plus GST, for working with 10 retreat participants. If participant numbers are fewer, a lesser fee will be paid.


A private room and meals are provided. The Writer-In-Residence is responsible for their own transportation to and from the facility, although carpooling may be available. A complete job description is available upon request. Previous Writers-In-Residence should allow five years before re-applying for this position. 


Our successful Writer-in-Residence should be prepared to follow any COVID-19 health measures that may be in place in November.




  • To hold a 60-minute talk in the evening of Thursday, Nov 11 about the craft of writing for an audience of emerging writers in all genres
  • To review and edit materials supplied by retreatants in their application; to discuss this work and interact with participants in one-hour meetings during the retreat.
  • To provide an introductory letter to participants before the retreat.
  • To host a reading of all participants’ work in the evening of Saturday, Nov 14
  • The WIR may consider hosting an additional craft talk during the weekend, but it is not required.
  • To submit a final report to the SWG about the Facilitated Retreat by Nov 26




  • Experience in a teaching or mentoring situation with beginning writers in different genres
  • An extensive publication history, including at least two books
  • Saskatchewan residency preferred


To apply, please submit your CV, the names and phone numbers of two people familiar with your teaching/mentoring ability, and one or two paragraphs describing your approach to teaching/mentoring writers.

Please email your submission to by September 2, 2021 (midnight).