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Professional mentorship to budding writers comes to Swift Current in July

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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-for-profit 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 14-18, with the exception of those in Swift Current and La Ronge, which are geared toward ages 12-16 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 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.  As a student in the 2017 Regina Workshop reported, "Sage Hill strengthened my writing and opened more doors for me."
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.
"I loved Lynda's lessons on having courage as a writer and writing from deep within yourself. I found it  interesting when she explained that we all have stories within us that are worth sharing."  – Student in 2017 Prince Albert Workshop
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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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