Sage Hill Writ­ing pro­vides free-of-charge pro­fes­sional men­tor­ship to bud­ding writ­ers

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This sum­mer, cre­ative young writ­ers can ac­cess free-of-charge writ­ing work­shops, where they can de­velop their cre­ative writ­ing skills with a lo­cal, pro­fes­sional writer.

Sage Hill Writ­ing, a not-for­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that of­fers cre­ative writ­ing devel­op­ment pro­grams, is of­fer­ing the five-day work­shops in La Ronge, Swift Cur­rent, Prince Al­bert, Moose Jaw, Saska­toon, and Regina.

The pro­grams are rec­om­mended for teens aged 1418, with the ex­cep­tion of those in Swift Cur­rent and La Ronge, which are geared to­ward ages 1216 and 11-14, re­spec­tively.

Young writ­ers can ap­ply on­line at http://www.sage­hill­writ­ing. ca/teens.

Sage Hill Writ­ing’s Teen & Young Writ­ers’ Work­shops are de­signed to en­cour­age the growth and devel­op­ment of stu­dents who want to con­nect with the writ­ing com­mu­nity and learn about writ­ing as a craft and a pro­fes­sion.

Par­tic­i­pants are guided through writ­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in var­i­ous gen­res, and in­struc­tors speak on the writ­ing life, pro­fes­sional ex­pec­ta­tions, and pub­li­ca­tion.

This year, in­struc­tors in­clude no­table writ­ers Miriam Korner in La Ronge, Beth Goo­bie in Moose Jaw, Evonne Gar­nett in Prince Al­bert, Madonna Hamel in Swift Cur­rent, Dan­ica Lorer in Saska­toon, and Coby Stephen­son in Regina.

In Swift Cur­rent it is rec­om­mended for ages 12-16 from July 23 – 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Swift Cur­rent Branch Li­brary. Guest au­thor has yet to be an­nounced

In or­der to give stu­dents ac­cess to di­verse pro­fes­sional ap­proaches, per­spec­tives, and ar­eas of ex­per­tise, each work­shop fea­tures a guest ap­pear­ance by a sec­ond au­thor from the com­mu­nity.

Sage Hill’s stu­dents con­sis­tently give pos­i­tive feed­back about the con­nec­tions they build and the im­pact of the pro­gram on their writ­ing.

Par­tic­i­pants gain im­por­tant trans­ferrable skills: the abil­i­ties to write clearly and per­sua­sively, con­sider var­i­ous per­spec­tives, give and re­ceive con­struc­tive crit­i­cism, an­a­lyze in­for­ma­tion, and speak pub­licly.

"This pro­gram helped me to not be so hes­i­tant to read my work to oth­ers and to put my­self out there." noted a stu­dent of the 2017 Swift Cur­rent Work­shop.

The work­shops sup­port and give voice to di­verse per­spec­tives from young writ­ers through­out the prov­ince. Pro­vided free-of-charge to re­move barriers to par­tic­i­pa­tion, Sage Hill works to en­sure that all stu­dents can ben­e­fit from im­mer­sive cre­ative writ­ing ed­u­ca­tion, re­gard­less of their eco­nomic sit­u­a­tions.

By bring­ing youth from var­i­ous back­grounds to­gether to fo­cus on a sub­ject of com­mon in­ter­est, the work­shops help bridge cul­tural barriers, con­nect­ing stu­dents with one an­other in an at­mos­phere that en­cour­ages them to grow and to con­trib­ute to the cul­tural vi­brancy and health of their com­mu­ni­ties.

The suc­cess of the work­shops de­pends on the sup­port of gen­er­ous donors, fun­ders, and com­mu­nity part­ners.

Po­ten­tial donors and spon­sors are en­cour­aged to con­tact Sage Hill at [email protected]­ or 306-537-7243.

Count­less thanks to the Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tives Fund, Saskatchew­an Arts Board, Canada Coun­cil for the Arts, SaskCul­ture, SaskLot­ter­ies, the City of Saska­toon, the City of Regina, the Saskatchew­an Fes­ti­val of Words, Sen­a­tor Myles Venne School, Alex Robert­son Pub­lic Li­brary, Saska­toon Pub­lic Li­brary, Regina Pub­lic Li­brary, John M. Cue­le­naere Pub­lic Li­brary (Prince Al­bert), the Swift Cur­rent Chi­nook Re­gional Li­brary, and Brick Books.

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