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Schedule & Passes

DISCLAIMER: 

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a possibility to see changes in events and the line-up leading up to the Festival. All schedules and Festival information will list the last day updated so please make sure to stay up to date.

Masking is encouraged at all Festival Events

Last updated: April 19, 2023

Online Events 

We are proud to continue to bring you online events as we welcome back in-person sessions. The in-person events in the Mae Wilson Theatre and the Art Museum Theatre will be live-streamed. You will still be able to ask questions as our moderators and introducers will be monitoring the chat.

Festival Passes

Full Pass 

Get entry into all events except workshops and Trivia Night. 

Cost: $200 

Friday Pass

Contains entry into 4 Readings and the Friday Feature. 

Cost: $45 ($55 Value)

Student Pass

Get entry into all events except workshops and Trivia Night. 

Cost: $65

Saturday Pass

Contains entry into 4 Readings, the Saturday Feature and Evening Entertainment. 

Cost: $85 ($115 Value)

Flex Pass

The Flex Pass offers entry to all events through a punch card with each punch worth $5.

Cost: $110 ($125 in punches)

Online Pass

Provides access to all livestreamed events

Cost: $20 

    *Links to online events will be emailed to you shortly after signing up for an Online Pass.

2024 Festival Schedule

*Indicates a Live Streamed Event

Thursday, July 18th

Outlining Novels with Premee Mohamed

9:00 AM | 3 HR | Taylor Room MJPL

$35 - Registration Required

If you don't plan your novels, you're missing out! How to outline longform work in a way that doesn't kill your excitement to write!
Sponsored by Saskatchewan Writers' Guild

Reading for Writers Workshop with Johnny D. Trinh

9:00 AM | 3 HR | North Studio MJCC

$35 - Registration Required

This workshop is a great opportunity for writers of all genres to improve their public reading and performance skills. Johnny will offer all participants a range of tools, exercises, and questions to consider how they can present authentically while maintaining audience engagement.
Requirements:

  • All bodies and abilities are welcome, we will do our utmost to provide adaptations within our ability, please let us know in advance if possible

  • Come with a piece of writing up to 2 minutes worth - ideally your own, but for the sake of this workshop, anything is fine.

Sponsored by Saskatchewan Writers' Guild | Venue Sponsored by Moose Jaw Cultural Centre

Bardic Inspiration: An RPG-Inspired Writing Playshop with Victoria Koops

9:00 AM | 2 HR | South Room MJPL

Free - Registration Required

Join young adult author and self-proclaimed geek, Victoria Koops, for a role playing game inspired playshop (like a workshop, but more fun) for young adventurers! Using elements familiar to both gamers and bards writers, such as character creation, backstory, and even some actual role-play, teens will develop their storytelling skills, both in game and "on-the-page" in real life! No prior experience points needed to enjoy this playshop, just bring some pencils, paper, and any other props that give you bardic inspiration!
Sponsored by SSCF and Rotary Club of Moose Jaw

Storytime for Little Ones with Candace Savage

10:00 AM | 1 HR | Front Lawn MJPL

Join us for stories in the sun! 
Sponsored by SaskTel

Thematic Approach to Sci-Fi with Robert Sawyer

1:00 PM | 3 HR | South Room MJPL

$35 - Registration Required

A discussion of how to come up with and develop a high concept for your own science- fiction by finding the theme that will give rise to your plot and characters, and enthrall your audience.
Sponsored by Saskatchewan Writers' Guild

Great Big Book Club with Waubgeshig Rice

1:00 PM |3 HR | Taylor Room MJPL

$35 - Registration Required

A discussion of the book Moon of the Turning Leaves, followed by a discussion with the author moderated by Jael Richardson.

Cafe Daughter

6:00 PM | 1:45 HR | Mae Wilson Theatre MJCC

$13 - Included in Full Pass

Half-Chinese, half-Cree Yvette Wong struggles to find her place in a small Saskatchewan community in the 1960s. She embraces her Cree identity after she befriends Maggie Wolf and pursues her dream of going to medical school.

READception*

8:30 PM |1 HR | Mae Wilson Theatre MJCC

$25 - Included in Full Pass

The READception is back! Join us for mini readings from Vivian Darroch-Lozowski, katherena vermette, Zalika Reid-Benta, Timothy Taylor and Holly Hogan.

Saskatchewan Writers' Guild Reception

9:30 PM | 1 HR | MJCC Lobby

Free

Appetizers provided by SWG

Friday, July 19th

Reading Sessions

Note: All sessions are reading sessions and $10 per session unless otherwise stated. All sessions are included in the full pass. Each session is 50 minutes long.

9:00 AM

Art Museum Theatre*

Timothy Taylor and Naomi Hansen

South Room

Robert J. Sawyer and Alice Major

Taylor Room

Jennilee Austria-Bonifacio and Jael Richardson

Reading Room

Victoria Koops and Candace Savage

1:00 PM

Art Museum Theatre*

David A. Robertson and Jennilee Austria-Bonifacio

South Room

Philipp Schott and Waubgeshig Rice

Taylor Room

Abdulsalam Abo Al Shamat and katherena vermette

Reading Room

Andrea Olive and Holly Hogan

10:10 AM

Art Museum Theatre*

Cara-Lyn Morgan and Tara Sidhoo-Fraser

South Room

Hyland Session featuring Sid Marty and dee Hobsbawn-Smith

Free | Sponsored by Arts in Motion 

Taylor Room

Jes Battis and Philipp Schott

Reading Room

Vivian Darroch-Lozowski and Sheri-D Wilson

2:10 PM

Art Museum Theatre*

Alice Major and Sid Marty

South Room

Premee Mohamed and Robert J. Sawyer

Taylor Room

Joan Thomas and Timothy Taylor

Reading Room

Zalika Reid-Benta and Vivian Darroch-Lozowski

Online*

Teen Read Out 

Special Events

Let's Get Political*

4:00 PM | 1HR | Mae Wilson Theatre MJCC

$17 - Included in Full Pass and Friday Pass

A discussion on what happens when books become political with David A. Robertson, katherena vermette, and S. Bear Bergman. Moderated by Jael Richardson.

Trivia Night

6:00 PM | 2 HR | Bobby's Place

$35

Fish and Chip Dinner with literary trivia. Doors open at 5:30PM.

Spoken Word Showcase*

8:00 PM | 1.5 HR | Mae Wilson Theatre MJCC

Entry By Donation

Shayna Stock, Johnny D. Trinh, and Abdulsalam Abo Al Shamat. Hosted by Cat Abenstein

Saturday, July 20th

Reading Sessions

Note: All sessions are reading sessions and $10 per session unless otherwise stated. All sessions are included in the full pass. Each session is 50 minutes long.

9:00 AM

Art Museum Theatre*

Dramatic Reading: Sheri-D Wilson

South Room

Waubgeshig Rice and Holly Hogan

Taylor Room

Naomi Hansen and Joan Thomas

dee Hobsbawn-Smith and Jes Battis

Reading Room

Art Gallery*

Johnny D. Trinh and Tara Sidhoo-Fraser

10:10 AM

Art Museum Theatre*

Dramatic Reading: Sheri-D Wilson

South Room

S. Bear Bergman and Victoria Koops

Taylor Room

katherena vermette and Cara-Lyn Morgan

Reading Room

Zalika Reid-Benta and Premee Mohamed

1:00 PM

Art Museum Theatre*

Sask Book Awards Session Featuring dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Tim Blackett and Adam Pottle 

South Room

S. Bear Bergman and Naomi Hansen

Taylor Room

Andrea Olive and Sid Marty

Reading Room

Holly Hogan and Tara Sidhoo-Fraser

2:10 PM

Art Museum Theatre*

Philipp Schott and Joan Thomas

South Room

Alice Major and David A. Robertson

Taylor Room

Cara-Lyn Morgan and Jennilee Austria-Bonifacio

Reading Room

Timothy Taylor and Shayna Stock

Special Events

Interview with Robert J. Sawyer*

4:00 PM | 1HR | Mae Wilson Theatre MJCC

$17 - Included in Full Pass and Saturday Pass

A discussion with the acclaimed Sci-Fi writer on his works, turning a book into a TV series, and more. Moderated by Ed Willett.

Book Launch with Penumbra Press

5:00 PM | 1 HR | MJCC Lobby

Free

Featuring TBA

An Evening with Brent Butt

8:00 PM | 2 HR | Mae Wilson Theatre MJCC

$60 - Included in Full Pass and Saturday Pass

Live comedy set followed by an interview with Brent on writing and his new thriller, Huge. Moderated by Rob Carnie.

Only the Interview will be livestreamed. The live comedy set will not be livestreamed. 

Sunday, July 21st

Breakfast & Panels

$35 - Included in Full Pass | Moose Jaw Events Centre

Breakfast

9:00 AM | 1 HR 

Catered breakfast with coffee, juice and tea. 

Climate Protection on Home Soil*

10:00 AM | 50 MIN 

How do we protect our natural grasslands? Panel with Lorne Scott, Andrea Olive, Premee Mohamed, and Ian Hnatowich.

Moderated by Candace Savage

Fantastical Writings*

11:10 AM | 50 MIN 

Panel talking all things fantasy with Zalika Reid-Benton, Jes Battis, and Victoria Koops. Moderated by Jael Richardson.

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