Events & Workshops

Event Type

Start: November 21, 2020 - 2:00 pm
To: 4:00 pm
Repeats: daily until November 22, 2020.
Cat Abenstein - Program Coordinator
Registration Deadline
November 13, 2020 - 12:00 am
Limited to 12 participants

* Sold Out, please call
Free for members
Free for non-members
Start: November 21, 2020 - 2:00 pm
To: 4:00 pm

Perfecting the Pitch with Anne Lazurko

Cost: $25 - members;    $35 - non-members.


As online payments are currently unavailable, please register through the link on the left, and then submit payment by contacting the office.


This is a two-day workshop, taking place on November 21 and 22, between 2 pm and 4 pm each day. If the workshop is full, please email


How do you condense the depth of characters, excitement of plot and the beautiful prose of your 300-page masterpiece into a one- or two-page synopsis? And that damn query letter…what grabs their attention and how do you write it! And how much is too much when the agent or publisher asks for a ‘sample’? And what the hell is an Artist Statement anyway?


Using tools gained over many submissions to agents, publishers and granting agencies, Anne Lazurko will lead participants through the maze of the perfect pitch. Many of Anne’s pitches have been successful. Some not. But she’s learned new tricks with each and have been told by publishers, agents and grant coordinators, big and small, that in the case of her pitch, it’s good, it works.


Anne will share insight with emerging writers to take some of the mystery and fear out of the process of the sometimes-baffling world of publishing.                


Anne Lazurko's second novel, What is Written on the Tongue, is forthcoming from ECW Press in Spring 2022. She received the 2018 Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Literary Award for work on this story which is set in 1945 Indonesia. Her first novel, Dollybird, received the Willa Award for Historical Fiction and was shortlisted for the Saskatchewan fiction award.


Her poetry most recently appeared in Gush: Menstrual Manifestos For Our Time. Anne is an award-winning agricultural journalist, a no- awards farmer, and current President of Sage Hill Writing. She writes from her farm near Weyburn.


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