• faq #1 - What is the Saskatchewan Festival of Words? +

    1.    What is the Saskatchewan Festival of Words?

    The Saskatchewan Festival of Words (established in 1996) is a registered charity and non-profit organization that holds an annual literary festival the third weekend in July with 60 events over 4 days in and around historic downtown Moose Jaw. The festival showcases literary talent from all over Canada including many award winners. Over the 4 days of the festival we have workshops for all ages, reading sessions, concerts, film, panel discussions, interviews, music, theatre, and even a slam poetry competition!

    Our year round programming includes the monthly Performer's Café open mic night, Cineview series (independent and foreign film), musical performances, as well as workshops and author readings.

     

  • faq #2 - How do you become a presenter at the festival? +

    2.    How do you become a presenter at the festival?

    The Saskatchewan Festival of Words fields numerous requests from artists, publishers, and agents to consider performers for the festival each year. Any requests that come in are added to the list and given to our Program Team for consideration. The Program Team then works from this list to decide who will be invited to perform at future festivals. Unfortunately we can only invite a limited number of performers each year and there are so many talented artists applying! We usually have a list of about 150 published and award- winning authors at any given time.

  • faq #3 - Do you accept self-published authors? +

    3. Do you accept self-published authors?

    The Saskatchewan Festival of Words does not feature self-published authors at this time for the Festival itself but self-published authors are more than welcome at our monthly Performers Café events. The lack of benchmarks/filters/editing for self-published works creates curatorial challenges that we are unable to rectify at this time.

  • faq #4 - What kinds of presentations are at the festival? +

    4. What kinds of presentations are at the festival?

    Registration and ticket purchases can be done a number of different ways depending on when you want to buy and/or how technologically savvy you are.

    Option #1: If you go to the Summer Festival section on our website and then click on either "Register Now" or "Purchase Tickets (online)" the system will walk you through the process. Be careful when entering your e-mail address as the online payment system needs to send you a password to complete your online payment.

    Option #2: Go to Summer Festival on our website and click on "Purchase Tickets (print). This option allows you to download and print the registration form so you can either fax it or mail it in with your cheque or credit card information. Fax: 306-693-2994

    Option #3: Contact the festival office to register and pay by phone 306-691- 0557 or pop into the office and register in person (217 Main St. N. Second Floor, Moose Jaw, SK.) The building is closed on Mondays.

    *Please note: the online payment system is only activated in April each year when our passes go on sale and is deactivated again in August.

  • faq #5 - How do I register for the festival (buy passes and tickets)? +

    5. How do I register for the festival (buy passes and tickets)?

    Registration and ticket purchases can be done a number of different ways depending on when you want to buy and/or how technologically savvy you are.

    Option #1: If you go to the Summer Festival section on our website and then click on "Purchase Tickets" the system will walk you through the process. All online payments are processed through Paypal.

    Option #2: Go to Summer Festival on our website and click on "Purchase Tickets" and then "Print Ticket Order Form". This option allows you to download and print the registration form so you can either fax it or mail it in with your cheque or credit card information. Fax: 306-693-2994

    Option #3: Contact the festival office to register and pay by phone 306-691-0557 or pop into the office and register in person (217 Main St. N. Second Floor, Moose Jaw, SK.) Please call ahead to ensure someone is in to take your order (the building is not open on Mondays). Also, all credit card payments are processed through Paypal.

     

  • faq #6 - What does the full festival pass include? +

    6. What does the full festival pass include?

    The full festival pass includes all festival events except workshops and Friday Night Trivia. It also gives the holder priority seating at each event.

  • faq #7 - What does a Student Pass include? +

    7. What does a Student Pass include?

    A student pass includes all festival events except workshops, Trivia Night, or events with meals.

  • faq #8 - When and where do I pick up my pass? +

    8. When and where do I pick up my pass?

    Passes are available at the first event in the evening of the summer festival at the onsite Registration Desk. This first event takes place on the Thursday night and is a film screening at the Mae Wilson Theatre (217 Main Street North). If you are unable to make it to the film, passes are taken to the following Readception and any left over after that will be at the festival registration desk onsite throughout the remainder of the Festival.

  • faq #9 - What is the Flex Pass (punch card)? +

    9. What is the Flex Pass (punch card)?

    The Flex Pass is a punch card that gives you $25.00 more in punches than what you pay for the pass. Each pass has punch circles on it worth $5.00 each and all of our festival event tickets are priced in multiples of $5.00. This pass allows people more flexibility at a lower price point. We understand many people have busy schedules and may not be able to dedicate 4 full days to attend the festival. The Flex Pass is also a more affordable alternative to the full festival pass. In addition, the Flex Pass is transferrable to someone else. For example, if you can only make it to a few events for one or two days of the festival you can hand your pass over to a friend or family member to use instead or people can come together and share a pass.

    *Please note: full festival pass holders receive priority seating. The Flex Card cannot be used at Casino Moose Jaw to purchase tickets. Some tickets for Festival features may be purchased ahead of time using your Flex Pass. Please contact the office for details.

  • faq #10 - What kinds of jobs are available for volunteers? +

    10. What kinds of jobs are available for volunteers?

    Volunteers are always welcome! We need volunteers for the Festival itself and year-round events. Jobs may include: putting up posters, ticket taking, counting attendance at events, working at the raffle table or registration desk, decorating, baking, billeting, phoning, ushering, chaperoning, 50/50 ticket sales, etc.

    Please contact Sarah Simison (Operations Coordinator) for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or 306-691-0557.
    We couldn't do the festival without you!

  • faq #11 - Where can I find a schedule? +

    11. Where can I find a schedule?

    The Saskatchewan Festival of Words schedule is not usually released until approximately the end of June. The reason is that every year we have 30+ performers all with very busy schedules that we need to coordinate accordingly for our 60+ events. Performers tend to arrive and depart on different days and times so, until all of these details are finalized we are unable to finalize our schedule. All events take place in and around downtown Moose Jaw. Last minute changes can occur. Here is a rough outline of events during the festival to give you an idea of how it works:

    Thursday

    • Morning workshops from 9am to 12pm
    • Storytime for Little Ones from 10am to 11am
    • Afternoon workshops from 1pm to 4pm
    • Feature Film (usually a literary or Canadian theme) 6:30pm
    • Readception (a selection of mini readings from festival presenters) 9pm

    Friday

    • 9am to 12pm Reading Sessions
    • 12:15pm to 1:15pm Luncheon with a Speaker
    • 1:30pm to 3:30pm Reading Sessions
    • 4pm to 5pm Friday Feature Panel or Interview
    • 5:30pm Trivia Night at Bobby's Place Pub (meal included)
    • 9pm Poetry Slam Competition

    Saturday

    • 9am to 12pm Reading Sessions
    • 12pm Lunch on your own
    • 1:30pm to 3:30pm Reading Sessions
    • 4pm to 5pm Feature Panel or Interview
    • 5pm to 6pm Book Launch
    • 8:30pm Concert or Theatrical Production

    Sunday

    • 9am to 12pm Breakfast followed by panels, readings, or interviews

    *Reading sessions are 50 minutes long usually with 2 authors reading for 20 minutes each (sometimes 1 author reading for 40 minutes or a dramatic reading.) After the authors are done reading there is a 10minute Q & A period. Each author will do 2-3 reading sessions over the 4 days of the festival so if you really want to see 2 authors and they're reading in separate sessions at the same time, there should be a chance for you to catch the other during a different session.

  • faq #12 - Does the festival do other events all year round? (Performers Café & Cineview) +

    12. Does the festival do other events all year round? (Performers Café & Cineview)

    Yes. We have the Cineview film series, which brings independent and foreign films to Moose Jaw through the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Passes are available in advance at the Festival of Words office or at Post Horizon Booksellers; tickets are available at the door. For more information please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

    We also have the Performer's Café open mic night once a month at Moose Jaw's Java Express. This multidisciplinary event is open to anyone and is FREE to attend. Contact the Saskatchewan Festival of Words office for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (306) 691-0557.

    (For more information on the Cineview and Performers Cafe programs please visit the webpages dedicated to them on this site.)

    In addition, we have occasional author readings, musical performances, volunteer appreciation events, Holiday Open House, and workshops. Keep your eye on our website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed (@festivalofwords) for the most up to date information or subscribe to our newsletter (sign-up on the home page of this website).

  • faq #13 - What is the Teen Writing Experience? +

    13. What is the Teen Writing Experience?

    During the festival each year the Saskatchewan Festival of Words partners with the Sage Hill Writing Experience to offer the Teen Writing Experience. Applications (with samples of the student's work) are submitted to Sage Hill who adjudicates them and accepts approximately 14 promising young writers for Moose Jaw. Professional instructors (writers) lead activities that include group discussion, critiques, talks, readings, and writing assignments. The weeklong event takes place in Moose Jaw the week preceding the festival. Students are sponsored by local donors (through the Saskatchewan Festival of Words) so the $250 tuition is covered, thereby allowing any teen to apply without financial restriction. Billets are also available for students from out of town. On the final day of the Experience, the students do a public reading of their work at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words. More information can be found on the Sage Hill Writing Experience Website: www.sagehillwriting.ca/teens .

  • faq #14 - What are the benefits of Membership? +

    14. What are the benefits of Membership?

    Members receive a subscription to our electronic newsletter (4-6per year) as well as voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting held in June. Members are the first to know about upcoming festival events as well as the festival line-up. Members are also eligible to serve on Festival committees. Finally, Saskatchewan Festival of Words members enjoy the satisfaction of supporting our literacy initiatives and one of the best literary festivals in Canada!

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