At the Saskatchewan Festival of Words

At the Saskatchewan Festival of Words

Posted on July 18 by Ted Barris
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On the first night of the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, held in Moose Jaw, SK, there were readings and commentaries in what the festival described as a “Read-ception” at the Mosaic Conference Centre. Several other writers also featured at the festival offered some short excerpts of their writing.

Meanwhile, mixed into the evening, a number of us who have instructed at Sage Hill Experience (at the St. Michael's Franciscan retreat near Lumsden, Saskatchewan over its 25-year history) offered some reflections on Sage Hill. They asked me to talk a bit about my time there in the summer of 2010 and 2011.

I explained that I had the good fortune to be born in Toronto (in that my parents had both come from New York to settle in Toronto in the late 1940s)... but that I had the good sense to move to Saskatoon in 1972... where and when my first book had been published. Thus, years later, when the Sage Hill people invited me to instruct at St. Michael's, I thought what a great way to give back, since I had found such a perfect environment and subject in Saskatchewan for that first manuscript. 

I went on to explain that in those two summer sessions I had worked with a number of non-fiction writers to help them complete or move along their manuscripts as book or magazine publications.

"I am honoured and humbled to be able to continue returning the favour to Saskatchewan with my participation in Festival of Words," I said. "Let's continue the tradition of not just creating good ideas, but creating great stories."

Ted Barris

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Ted Barris

Ted Barris is an award-winning author, journalist, and broadcaster. For more than forty years his writing has appeared in the national press, as well as in history, news, and arts magazines, and he has authored seventeen non-fiction books, including the national bestsellers Victory at Vimy, Juno, and The Great Escape. In 2014, The Great Escape received the national Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award.