Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, 1969-
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The Saskatchewan Writers Guild was formed in response to a writers' conference held in August, 1969 in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan. A committee of five individuals, the Secretariat of the Guild, was elected at this conference to spearhead the establishment of a province-wide organization committed to promoting Saskatchewan writers and writing. Soon after establishing a head office in Regina, the Guild became incorporated. A satellite office also operated in Saskatoon through part of the Guild's history.
The mission of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild has been to serve as an advocate for Saskatchewan writers, to promote Saskatchewan writers and writing throughout the province, to improve the economic status of writers in the province, and to develop the art of writing in writers of all ages. Successful programs run throughout Saskatchewan in the Guild's history include writing colonies, short-term and year-long residencies, various writing workshops, several writing competitions, the Signature and Speakeasy literary readings series, and annual conferences.
The Saskatchewan Writers Guild also has produced many publications throughout its history that promote Saskatchewan writers and writing. They include the Guild's newsletter "FreeLance," its literary journals "Grain" and "Spring," "WindScript," a literary journal aimed at highlighting literary works of teenagers, and occasional publications such as "Saskatchewan Writes!" and several literary arts handbooks.
The Guild has been involved in the City of Regina Literary Awards, the Prairie Festival of Books, the Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the Cathedral Village Arts Festival. It has also been supportive of writers involved in various local writing groups around the province and through its Writers' Assistance Fund.
Currently (2005) the Saskatchewan Writers Guild has a membership of approximately seven hundred members and continues to actively promote Saskatchewan writing. Its head office is located at 205-2314 Fourteenth Avenue in Regina.
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Authority record created on 2008-05-29. Approved 2012-03-06. Last modified on 2017-11-29.
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Old Guide GR 290
AMICUS Authorities, April 13, 1977
Saskatchewan Writers Guild website