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Internationally-known author offers writing workshop during Val Marie’s unique artist residency program

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Are you a writer? Would you like to develop your skills with an experienced and skilled writer and teacher?

Registration is now open for WORD-WALK-WORKSHOP, a registered one day walk/write workshop with internationally-known author Steven Ross Smith, offered by the 2015 Prairie Wind & Silver Sage artist residency program.
The workshop takes place on Saturday, Sept. 12 in Val Marie, Sask., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All levels of experience and genres of writing are welcome. A fee of $65 includes lunch and breaks.
WORD-WALK-WORKSHOP is a discovery and exploration of writing skills, found in and through the unique landscape of Grasslands National Park. Steven Ross Smith will lead a guided 60- to 90-minute silent, meditative, morning walk in the park: to sense the surroundings, absorb the ambient and specific qualities of the grasslands, and take written notes, with a short blindfolded pause, mid-way — an “othersensory” experience.
Following the walk, participants will engage in an afternoon writing workshop in Val Marie to expand, shape, and share individual pieces based on the walk’s notes and experiences.
Smith will also be available for one-on-one consultations with writers and for writing workshops in schools. Pre-booking is advised. For more information and to register for any of these events, visit or phone 306-298-7782.
Steven Ross Smith from Banff, Alta. is an award-winning Canadian poet, sound poet, fiction writer, teacher, arts journalist and arts activist. He has published more than a dozen books and his work has appeared in countless periodicals, special editions, booklets, chapbooks and pamphlets as well as on CD, in Canada and Europe. He has extensive experience leading programs, workshops and residencies and has been a long time contributor to Saskatchewan’s writing community.
The 2015 Prairie Wind & Silver Sage artist residency program is co-sponsored with Grasslands National Park and funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries.

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