Maybe there's something in the water, or maybe it's the clean air, but the city of Saskatoon, and the communities that surround it, sprout creative writers the way the prairie sprouts crocuses.
Just like those prairie perennials, creative writers can flourish in their home environment. But without the right conditions, without a little encouragement from like-minded members of the community, even the hardiest writer is likely to struggle.
The Coop provides a sense of community, some welcome support, and plenty of opportunities to learn--just what you need to grow as a writer.
Explore a genre in depth. Enrol in one of our 4, 6 or 8-session classes, taught by a published, professional writer. Jump-start your creativity in the company of other creative people. Develop your skills as a poet, essayist, or story-teller. Challenge yourself to complete the writing assignments, and soak up the expert advice and feedback.
Do you teach a workshop or offer a presentation on the craft, or the business, of writing? The Coop Programming Committee would welcome your application or expression of interest. Contact the Coop to learn more.
Pick up interesting tips and techniques. Have you ever heard of "nesting globs"? Nor had we. Until award-winning writer Douglas Glover, offering entertainment and education in a 2-hour workshop, described his own, very effective method of crafting the literary short story. Watch for a workshop that meets your needs.
Connect with other writers. The best way to get started is to attend one of our Open Mikes--just to listen. Come alone, or bring a friend for moral support. When you're ready, you can try reading some of your own work-in-progress. (And you can still bring a friend for moral support.)
Become a part of Saskatoon's vibrant literary scene. There's always so much going on. As well as all the educational and social events offered by the Coop, there are also book launches, readings and workshops offered by other community organizations. The Coop Scoop emailed newsletter lets you know where you need to be, and when you need to be there.
The Coop's membership includes poets and novelists, essayists and playwrights, people who write literary short stories and people who write literary non-fiction, people who write full time and people who can barely find time.... Some members have established themselves on the Canadian literary landscape; many have yet to emerge. The Saskatoon Writers' Coop supports, and celebrates, all of them.
Click the ink bottle to learn more about the benefits of joining the Coop.
Open mike nights are held on the second Thursday of each month from September to May. They are free and open to the public. They are held at 7 p.m. in Room 3 of the Frances Morrison Library
Some information here
After considerable discussion by the Coop board the coaching program is being discontinued. The Coop has decided to consolidate its available volunteer resources to focus on its other core services. Thanks go out to volunteers and coaches who participated. Anyone wanting coaching could check the library's Writer in Residence program.
Tips from Anthony Bidulka here
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