2019 Summer Writing Workshops

Welcome to St. Peter's College's Summer Writing Getaways.  All workshops are hosted at St. Peter's College, located in Muenster, SK.  Please see below for details.

Fantastic Worlds of YA with Art Slade

Art Slade

Fantastic Worlds of YA with Art Slade

Arthur Slade’s three day workshop will focus on the craft of writing for young adults and middle grade readers. Some of the topics will include finding the right voice, when to follow a set structure and when to go off the rails, voice, character and how to create a story that rings true to a younger audience. There will be plenty of time for class discussion and covering suggested topics, too. Time will also be made to discuss the various routes of publication and promotion (because it’s important to know where and how to sell your brilliant work). Class time will take place in the morning and in the afternoon Arthur will meet individually with writers to discuss their current work. Please submit up to 2000 words of your most recent project to langhorstb@stpeters.sk.ca for Arthur to read (he will discuss it in your first one on one meeting). We will also be examining various classic books and what makes them tick.

Workshop: Fantastic Worlds of YA with Art Slade

Dates: July 27 - 29th, 2019

Prices: $260.00 for Writing Diploma students (before May 15)

            $295.00 Early Bird Price (before May 15)

            $345.00 Regular Price (May 15- June 15)

            $395.00 Regular Price (after June 15) 

Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of over eighteen novels for young readers including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and Dust, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada. Visit him online at www.arthurslade.com.

The minimum number of participants for this workshop is 6 students.  The maximum number of participants is limited to 12 students.  Please register today to ensure your spot in this workshop.

Fiction Workshop with Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Overcoming Our Fears to Write Powerful Stories

Our fears can stop us from finishing a book, or even starting it. We may feel we need to stick to writing only what we know, and write from personal experience, but then worry about what Mom will think. And we so often avoid our protagonist’s conflicts, for the same reasons we avoid our own. The result: passive protagonists and wandering storylines. Internationally best-selling author and writing coach Gail Anderson-Dargatz will draw from more than twenty-five years of experience as a writer, teacher and developmental editor to explore the many ways we avoid conflict in our projects and our writing lives, and offer solutions that will help kickstart your writing and help you develop your project to the fullest.

Please be prepared to share your chapter or short story of 2,500 to 4,000 words two weeks before the retreat. Writers will “meet” ahead of time on Gail’s teaching forums where manuscripts will be distributed on a private board. If forums are new to you, don’t worry. Gail will help you out. And it’s easy. If you can send an email you can use the forums.

During the three days of morning workshop discussions, Gail will use the manuscripts to point out ways we all avoid conflict, and offer solutions. In the afternoons and evenings, as time permits, Gail will meet each writer for a one-on-one discussion about their project.

As well, Gail will offer links and topics for discussion on the forums before, during and after the workshop dates. Writers are welcome to continue to use the forums following our workshop. You’ll remain a member and the private discussion board for this workshop will stay up until fall. The forums are chocked full of resources and useful discussions.

Workshop: Writing Workshop with Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Dates: August 9th - 11th 2019

Prices: $260.00 for Writing Diploma students (before May 15)

            $295.00 Early Bird (before May 15)

            $345.00 Regular Price (May 15- June 15)

            $395.00 Regular Price (after June 15) 

Gail Anderson-Dargatz has been published worldwide in English and in many other languages. A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death by Lighting were international bestsellers, and were both finalists for the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada. The Cure for Death by Lightning won the UK’s Betty Trask Prize among other awards. Both Turtle Valley and A Rhinestone Button were national bestsellers in Canada and her first book, The Miss Hereford Stories, was short-listed for the Leacock Award for humour. Her most recent literary novel, The Spawning Grounds, was again a national bestseller and nominated for several awards. She also writes literacy learner novellas for adults and teens working to improve literacy skills.

Gail offers developmental edits and works with writers from around the world through her on-line teaching forums. She also hosts The Spawning Grounds Writers’ Retreat in October at the Sorrento Centre, BC. For more, please visit her website at www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca or follow her @AndersonDargatz.

 (Photo credit: Mitch Krupp) 

The minimum number of participants for this workshop is 8 students.  The maximum number of participants is limited to 12 students.  Please register today to ensure your spot in this workshop.


Colloquium with Tim Lilburn and Sheri Benning

Tim Lilburn   Sheri Benning

Colloquium with Tim Lilburn and Sheri Benning

Many have experienced loss or despair around effects of climate change – extreme weather, fire summers, melting glaciers, declining bee populations. This workshop will give you a chance to talk about these losses with others and to write about them, while being able to meet with experienced editors to discuss your attempts to create poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction within this new sadness.

Mornings will focus on private writing and manuscript consultation, with colloquia in the afternoons, many led by participants addressing their own questions. 

Suggested Reading & Viewing:

Benning, Heather and Chad Galloway. “The Dollhouse.”  https://vimeo.com/108923600

Benning, Sheri. “Dollhouse on Fire.” The PN Review 246, vol. 45, no. 4.

Bringhurst, Robert and Jan Zwicky. Learning How to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis.

U of Regina P, 2018.

Cunsolo, Ashlee and Karen E. Landman, editors. Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of

Ecological Loss and Grief. McGill-Queens UP, 2017.

Lilburn, Tim. The Larger Conversation: Contemplation and Place. U of Alberta P,


Sinclair, Sue. “Poetry in the Age of Consequence.” Brick: A Literary Journal.

Workshop: Colloquium with Tim Lilburn and Sheri Benning

Dates: August 17 - 18th, 2019

Prices: $175.00 for  St. Peter's or U of S MFA in Writing students (before May 15)

            $215.00 Early Bird (before May 15)

            $260.00 Regular Price (May 15- June 15)

            $325.00 Regular Price (after June 15) 

Tim Lilburn is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Assiniboia, Orphic Politics, Kill-site, and To the River. His work has received the Governor General’s Award and the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, among other prizes. Lilburn is also the author of three essay collections, Living in the World as if It Were Home, Going Home and The Larger Conversation: Contemplation and Place, and editor two other influential books on poetics. He teaches at the University of Victoria. From 1990-2004, he taught philosophy and creative writing at St. Peter’s College.

Sheri Benning's third collection of poetry, The Season’s Vagrant Light: New and Selected Poems, was published in the UK by Carcanet Press in 2015. She’s published two books in Canada: Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books) and Earth After Rain (Thistledown Press). Each collection won two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Thin Moon Psalm was also nominated for the Relit Prize and won the Alfred G. Bailey manuscript award. Her poems, essays and stories have appeared in numerous Canadian, British, and Irish anthologies and literary journals. She completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. 

The minimum number of participants for this workshop is 8 students.  The maximum number of participants is limited to 15 students.  Please register today to ensure your spot in this workshop.

Accommodations, Meal Plans, and Workshop Registration


Accommodations are available in Severin Hall at a rate of $50.00 per night.  PST and GST not included.



Meals are available for purchase at the following rates:

Breakfast: $10.00

Lunch: $20.00

Dinner: $20.00

PST and GST not included.


Please register for your choice of workshops via the link below:

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Once you have completed the above registration form, please contact 682-7888 to make payment arrangements.