Saturday, May 11, 2013

Four New Voices 2013: SWG Apprentice Reading

Early this month, four new writers were formally introduced to the Saskatchewan literary community at the Four New Voices reading in Regina sponsored by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild.

The reading marked the end of an intensive four-month apprenticeship for Cindy Clarke, Lisa Kuzma, Evie Ruddy and Tara Dawn Solheim, with their individual mentors, gillian harding russell, Harriet Richards, Dave Margoshes and Liz Philips.

As a former participant in the SWG Mentorship Program (matched with Dave Margoshes, back in 2003), I was asked to host the evening. It was a delight to be there; I really enjoyed the mix of poetry, fiction, memoir and non-fiction!

Congrats to this year's participants! And watch for these talented writers!

The writers: Cindy Clarke, gillian harding-russell, Tara Dawn Solheim, Liz Philips,
Lisa Kuzma, Harriet Richards, Evie Ruddy, and Dave Margoshes. 
Cindy Clarke, with gillian harding-russell
Lisa Kuzma, with Harriet Richards
Evie Ruddy, with Dave Margoshes
Tara Dawn Solheim, with Liz Philips

Judith Silverthorne, with greetings
from the Writers Guild

The Mentorship Program is designed to provide personalized professional development for talented new writers, to enable them to gain confidence, become more active members of the writing community, and learn more about the craft and business of writing. Apprentices go on to publish more frequently, win awards for their work, and nuture and support other beginning and emerging writers. Mentors, on the other hand, hone their teaching and editing skills and have a chance to earn money doing what they love and do best. 

The program is open to Saskatchewan writers (application dates are usually in the fall) and is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Canada Council for the Arts; the reading was also supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Sask Culture, and the City of Regina.  

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