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This year’s Writing North keynote speaker is Omar El Akkad, author of American War and What Strange Paradise.

Writing North: Connections

An annual writers’ festival hosted by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and the USask MFA in Writing Program


Date: Jan. 26–28
Location: St Andrew’s College main lounge, 1121 College Dr., Saskatoon

Free and open to the public

Livestream available for most events. Register for livestream

No registration or RSVP required to attend in person

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About this event

Writing North is an annual two-day writers’ festival for the community—at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, and beyond across central and northern Saskatchewan—of aspiring writers and anyone interested in writers and books. It features panel discussions, a keynote reading, and seminars on writing forms such as fiction, poetry, spoken-word, playwriting, and non-fiction prose.

This year’s keynote speaker is Omar El Akkad, author of American War and What Strange Paradise. Read biographies of all Writing North guest speakers.

Writing North is a collaboration between the university's MFA in Writing Program, Department of English, and College of Arts and Science, together with the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild.

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