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The Saskatchewan Festival of Words (established in 1996) is a registered charity and non-profit organization that holds an annual literary festival the third weekend in July with over 50 events over 4 days in and around historic downtown Moose Jaw. The festival showcases literary talent from all over Canada including many award winners. Over the 4 days of the festival we have workshops for all ages, reading sessions, concerts, film, panel discussions, interviews, music, theatre, and even a slam poetry competition! Our year round programming includes the monthly Performers Café open mic night, Cineview series (independent and foreign film), musical performances, as well as workshops and author readings.
WHAT'S AVAILABLE AT THE SASKATCHEWAN FESTIVAL OF WORDS:
Teen Writing Experience (Ages 14-18) - A free weeklong writing workshop for teens that gives teens the opportunity to work with a professional author and read their work during a session at the festival. The 2017 Teen Writing Experience instructor is Katherine Lawrence.
Storytime for Little Ones (Ages 4+) - An hour long free event for kids featuring a reading with Beverley Brenna!
Great Big Book Club - Book club event where participants have the opportunity to discuss Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont.
Kid’s Ink with Marty Chan (9AM – 12PM) Description: Marty Chan teaches a cheat code for writing, helping young writers create conflict in their stories. With practical exercises and funny anecdotes, Marty demystifies the creative process and gives kids the practical tools they need to make their stories soar.
Creative Non-Fiction Workshop with Jael Richardson (9AM – 12AM) Putting the "creative" in creative nonfiction - how to use a variety of techniques to add interest and engagement to the story.
The Indigenous Voice in Fiction Workshop with Waubgeshig Rice (9AM – 11AM) With a greater spotlight on the Indigenous experience in the age of reconciliation, Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers across Canada are including more Indigenous voices in their work. However, there's a fine line between appreciation and cultural appropriation, and authors need to tread carefully. This workshop will discuss ways to write about Indigenous characters while being respectful to their culture and experiences.
Lingo of Earth Lines Poetry Workshop with Sheri-D Wilson (1PM – 4PM) In this workshop, we will focus on our connection to the earth, and how it relates to the poetic voice. What is our relationship to the earth? What songs have been lost and what sounds found? We will listen in, write, and voice—like the ancients before us.
Film - TBA
Readception - A taste of what's to come during the festival. It features mini readings from authors with desserts and cocktails.
Luncheon - Rosanna Deerchild interviews Dawn Dumont
Friday Feature - Panel: Future of Arts in Canada with Bruce Walsh, Rosanna Deerchild and Jael Richardson
Trivia - Literary trivia with a meal of fish and chips at Bobby's Place.
Poetry Slam - Slam poets from across the prairies compete in this pay what you can event. Johnny Trinh and Sheri-D Wilson will be featured.
Saturday Feature - An hour long interview with Harold Johnson
Thistledown Press Book Launch.
Link Union in concert (Sponsored by Casino Moose Jaw).
Sunday breakfast an panels - Starts with breakfast at Mosaic Place with live music. Also features two author panels.
ALL SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS.