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Events

Welcome to the SWG’s Fall Conference events! We’re excited to bring you a range of online events to participate in – a panel, webinar, interactive writing workshop, Q&A, lecture and happy hour! Access to all of these events, with the exception of Trevor Cole’s interactive workshop, is included in the Conference Pass.

To register for Trevor’s workshop, please add the payment of $30 (member) or $40 (non-member) to your conference registration. The workshop will be limited to 15 people. You will receive more information, including links to the Zoom events, by email after you have registered.

 

Writing as Witness: A Panel Presentation

Thursday, October 22 - 12 pm

From personal journaling to best-selling books, writers have picked up pens and laptops work through trauma. This panel features three Canadian writers who have unique perspectives on how writing has helped them and others understand and share their personal experiences with trauma. Authors Helen Knott, Carole Glasser Langille and Danny Ramadan share insights from their life, writing and work during this 60 min online interactive panel discussion, hosted by Saskatchewan writer Carla Harris.

This event will be hosted on Zoom, and registration is included in the 2020 Conference Pass. 

 

Our Panelists and Host

Helen Knott

Helen Knott is a Dane Zaa, Cree, Metis and mixed Euro-descent woman from Prophet River First Nations living in Fort St. John, B.C. She is the author of the nationally best-selling book, In My Own Moccasins, that was published through the University of Regina Press. Her book was longlisted for the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize and is currently shortlisted for a BC Yukon Book Prize. Her work has been featured in The New Quarterly, Chatelaine, The Malahat Review, and other publications. In 2016, Helen was highlighted by the Nobel Women’s Initiative as a global changemaker working towards ending gender-based violence.

 

Carol Glasser Langille

Carole Glasser Langille is the author of 4 books of poetry, 2 collections of short stories, and 2 children’s books and a recent book of non-fiction Doing Time about giving writing workshops in prison.  She has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and the Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction. Poems from her book, Late in a Slow Time, were set to music by the composer Chan Ka Nin, and recorded by Duo Concertante. Other poems were set to music by the composer Alice Ping Yee Ho in her piece “The Depth of this Quiet,” performed by the Cantori Choir in New York City. Langille taught in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University for 12 years, and has given readings and workshops in France, South Africa, India, and Scotland as well as in Canada and in New York City.

 

 

 

Danny Ramadan

Danny Ramadan is an award-winning Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker and LGBTQ-refugees activist. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won multiple awards. His children’s book, Salma the Syrian Chef, was published in March 2020. Danny finished his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and is currently working on his next book length project: a novel titled The Foghorn Echoes. He lives in Vancouver with his annoyingly handsome husband, Matthew Ramadan. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carla Harris

Host Carla Harris

Carla Harris is a disabled queer writer, performer and interdisciplinary artist from Treaty 4 territory, living in Regina Saskatchewan. She has performed spoken word for the past ten years, including at Verses Festival in Vancouver (2017) and Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival (2018). Rooted in music, theatre & writing, the arts lift her to understand her disabled experience, while gradually working to bring harder stories forward. Her first chapbook, Obtain No Proof, is with the Dis/Ability Series of Frog Hollow Press. 

 

Rock Your Online Reading with Joan Marie Galat

Friday, October 23 - 12 pm

How do you project your best self when speaking to a camera lens? From lighting, camera angles, and backgrounds, to overcoming nerves and planning a lively session that will keep your audience engaged, this webinar will give you the tools you need to deliver your best online talk.

Joan Marie Galat 
Photo by Rob Hislop

The award-winning author of more than 20 books and a Canadian national bestseller, Joan Marie Galat delivers virtual presentations to school and library audiences, provides writing workshops to corporate clients, and consults on virtual speaking, queries, and publishing. Joan has presented to audiences across Canada and internationally to promote science, stories, and literacy, including a United Nations speech in Seoul. Her newest title is Absolute Expert: Space (National Geographic Kids). Visit Joan at  joangalat.com  and  moondotmedia.com.

Registration is included in the 2020 Fall Conference Pass.

 

Happy Hour and Trivia with the SWG Staff

Friday, Ocobter 23 - 5 pm

The SWG staff has missed seeing our members! Grab a favourite beverage, settle in somewhere comfortable and join us virtually for a fun hour of SWG-related Trivia and social interaction with the SWG staff and other conference participants on Zoom.

Think you know the history of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild? Want to bet that you’re familiar with Saskatchewan writers? Prove it! We hereby challenge you to a trivia contest: there will be some great prizes up for grabs!

Access to the Happy Hour is included in the Conference Pass.

The Character Equation - A Fiction Writing Workshop

Saturday, October 24 - 9:30 am

This 90-minute workshop may change the way you think about developing characters for your novel or short story. More than being elements dropped into your fictional world, your characters — and especially your main characters — actively help shape that world. Trevor Cole will show how developing a sound fictional plot, finding the perfect tone, and crafting effective description and dialogue, are all tied to an intimate understanding of the characters you create. 

Trevor Cole

Over a thirty-five year career, Trevor Cole has won international acclaim as an author and journalist. His four novels have twice been short-listed for the Governor Generals Award for Fiction, twice long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award and short-listed for the Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize. His third novel, Practical Jean, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, while his journalism has garnered nine National Magazine Awards, including three gold medals. Trevor's latest book, The Whisky King, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Canada's best nonfiction crime book. 

This workshop will be offered via Zoom and will be limited to 15 participants to encourage interaction. To register, please add a payment of $30 (member) or $40 (non-member) to your conference registration.

 

 

Q&A with Helen Knott

Saturday, October 24 - 11:30 am

Helen Knott has been lauded as “one of the most powerful voices of her generation” for her unflinching bestselling memoir In My Own Moccasins (University of Regina Press, 2019). In this interactive online discussion, Helen joins journalist Kerry Benjoe to discuss her book, her writing and life. Helen  is a Dane Zaa, Cree, Metis and mixed Euro-descent woman from Prophet River First Nations living in Fort St. John, B.C. In My Own Moccasins was longlisted for the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize and is currently shortlisted for a BC Yukon Book Prize. She will be interviewed by Kerry Benjoe, a Saulteaux/Dakota/Cree Journalist from the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation and reporter for the CBC.

The event will be hosted in Zoom and livestreamed to Facebook. Registration is included in the 2020 Fall Conference Pass.

Helen Knott

Helen Knott is a Dane Zaa, Cree, Metis and mixed Euro-descent woman from Prophet River First Nations living in Fort St. John, B.C. She is the author of the nationally best-selling book, In My Own Moccasins, that was published through the University of Regina Press. Her book was longlisted for the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize and is currently shortlisted for a BC Yukon Book Prize. Her work has been featured in The New Quarterly, Chatelaine, The Malahat Review, and other publications. In 2016, Helen was highlighted by the Nobel Women’s Initiative as a global changemaker working towards ending gender-based violence.

Kerry Benjoe

Kerry Benjoe is a Saulteaux/Dakota/Cree Journalist from the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation. She resides in Regina with her youngest daughter. Kerry, a journalist, enjoys sharing stories of Indigenous strength and resilience. A 4th generation Indian Residential School survivor, amputee, and domestic violence advocate, Kerry recently completed a Master of Journalism at the University of Regina and is now reporting for the CBC.

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Heath Memorial Lecture by Trevor Cole   

Saturday, October 24 - 1 pm

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce that our 2020 Caroline Heath Memorial Lecture will be presented by Trevor Cole at our annual Fall Conference Inventing the Future

Trevor Cole

Over a thirty-five year career, Trevor Cole has won international acclaim as an author and journalist. His four novels have twice been short-listed for the Governor Generals Award for Fiction, twice long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award and short-listed for the Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize. His third novel, Practical Jean, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, while his journalism has garnered nine National Magazine Awards, including three gold medals. Trevor's latest book, The Whisky King, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Canada's best nonfiction crime book. 

The Writer’s Ego — A Survival Story
For the 2020 Caroline Heath Memorial Lecture, Trevor Cole will explore the life of a Canadian writer’s ego, which exists in a harsh climate, subsisting on a meagre diet gathered from dwindling resources. Drawing mostly on his own ego’s experience over his decades-long career as a professional sentence- and paragraph-builder, Cole will follow the development of the writer’s ego from its lithe and muscular youth through its diminished middle years. As he looks ahead to the ego’s frail and uncertain future, he attempts to grapple with the Canadian writer’s place in the wider world.

The event will be hosted in Zoom and livestreamed to Facebook. Registration is included in the 2020 Fall Conference Pass. 

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