Events & Workshops

Event Type
SWG Event

Start: February 6, 2024 - 12:00 pm
To: 1:00 pm (SK Time)
Online via Zoom
Cat Abenstein - Program Manager
Start: February 6, 2024 - 12:00 pm
To: 1:00 pm (SK Time)

First Draft: Conversations on Writing with Leah Horlick and Meredith Hambrock


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Accessibility measures in this event:

  • Live auto-captions through Zoom during the live event
  • (TBD) A read-along copy of the presenter's talk available during the live event only
  • Presenter self-descriptions
  • This event will be recorded, captioned, and made available for 30 days on the SWG YouTube channel following the event:
  • Transcript of the event available upon request


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First Draft: Conversations on Writing is an online talk series that dives into themes that affect our writing lives. Writing helps us to understand things and to communicate these findings to our audience, even if our audience is ourselves. Sometimes we are driven by these themes, other times they’re the things that hold us back – what we learn through the process can be revolutionary. The quest to be understood unifies all writers.


This event features a 15-minute talk presented by Leah Horlick, around the theme of rejections. Following the talk is an interview conversation with Meredith Hambrock to dig deeper into the theme.


Participants are welcome to submit questions in advance of the event to


Redirected: Coping with and considering rejection for writers


Join poet Leah Horlick and Saskatoon Public Library Writer-in-Residence Meredith Hambrock for this practical and refreshing conversation on an infamous constant of the writing life. Leah will explore traditional and unorthodox approaches to coping with rejection for both emerging and established writers, and she'll share a few honest stories of real-life writing rejections and teachable personal moments. Leah and Meredith are working writers and past MFA colleagues who have published extensively in different forms, so listeners will get a fulsome sense from both these authors about how rejection functions across career stages and disciplines. We'll have something for everyone! 






Photo credit Erin Flegg

Leah Horlick is the author of three collections of poetry: Riot Lung, For Your Own Good, and Moldovan Hotel. She is a past winner of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, Canada's only award for emerging LGBTQ2S+ writers, and her second book was named a Stonewall Honor Title by the American Library Association. Last year, she served as the Canadian Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Calgary.  Originally from Saskatoon, Leah is happy to have moved back home after many years away. 





Meredith Hambrock has worked in writing rooms on over 100 episodes of TV Comedy. She most recently served as Executive Story Editor on the sitcom “Corner Gas Animated.” In 2022, her episode “A Lot to Be Desired” was nominated for a Leo Award. Her debut mystery novel, “Other People’s Secrets”, was published in September 2022 by Crooked Lane Books and was called “audacious” and “fabulous” by the New York Times Book Review and was nominated for a Lefty Award in the Best Debut Mystery Category. She's the 2023-2024 Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library. 







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