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Anne Lazurko
Audience Age Groups
Secondary (Grades 10-12)

Anne Lazurko

Anne Lazurko's second novel, What is Written on the Tongue, received the 2023 Sask Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for both Book of the Year and the Sask Foundation for the Arts, $20,000 Glengarry Book Award. Her first novel Dollybird  received the 2014 Willa Award for historical fiction and was shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Fiction Award. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in literary magazine and anthologies, including Grain Magazine, apart: a year of pandemic poetry and prose (SWG 2021) and Gush: Menstrual Manifestos For Our Time (Frontenac House, 2018). A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, Anne has an Honours BA in Political Science and is an active teacher, editor, and mentor in the prairie writing community. She writes from her farm near Weyburn Saskatchewan.

Workshops Offered

Perfecting the Pitch
Group Size: 6-12
Ages: Adults

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, I will will lead participants through the maze of the perfect pitch. Many of my pitches have been successful. Some not. But I’ve learned new tricks with each and been told by publishers, agents and grant coordinators, big and small, that in the case of my pitch, it’s good, it works.

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

The Story of Creation
Group Size: 6-12
Ages: Adults

Discover where story ideas come from, how characters are developed, how setting creates an atmoshpere for those characters and how plot and structure tie the whole thing together. This workshop can be held over one long day or in four - 2 hour a sessions, and delivered either in person or online. Contact me for details. 

Writing Characters into History (fictional or otherwise)
Group Size: 5-12
Ages: Adults

Whether fiction or memoir, creative non-fiction or essay, characters and their motivations are what drive a story forward. In this interactive workshop, learn how to craft compelling characters that bring historical time and place to life. We'll delve into the choices a writer makes about any given history, how the setting affects character and vice-versa, and the necessary research to bring the whole thing together. Offered either in-person or online. Full day or two sessions. Contact me for details.  


What Is Written on the Tongue

ECW Press, 2022, Publication


Coteau Books, 2013,


Country Guide Magazine
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Saskatchewan Business Magazine
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal

Writing Groups

  • Weyburn Writer's Group


Electronic Media
  • Blogs
  • Other
  • Historical
  • Literary
  • General Non-Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Literary


Academic/Research Writing
  • Essays
  • Research
  • Copyediting
  • Developmental/Project Editing
  • Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing)
Electronic/Online Media
  • Blogging
Genre Writing
  • Historical Projects
  • Poetry
  • Editorials
  • Feature Writing
  • Trade/Special Interest Magazines
Lecturing/Public Speaking
  • Conferences
  • Professional Development Workshops
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