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Check out a new colloquium offered by one of Sage Hill’s former instructors and award-winning writer, Tim Lilburn!

Writing into Climate Change:
A Colloquium and Manuscript Consultation

Host and editor: Tim Lilburn with guest Kevin Paul

January 28, February 4, and 11, 2023 12:30-3:00 pm PST
Online via Zoom

Application deadline: November 15

Many have experienced loss or despair around the effects of climate change – extreme weather, fire summers, melting glaciers, declining bee populations, drought, species collapse. This sadness arises from reports of these phenomena as much as from firsthand experience of them. This colloquium will give you a chance to talk about these losses with others and to write about them, while being able to meet with an experienced editor to discuss your attempts to create poetry, essays and non-fiction within these new times. 

Editorial consultation will begin during the three weekly colloquia and will continue, on a one-on-one weekly basis, until March 4, 2023.

Application deadline: November 15 (applicants will be notified by Nov. 29). Your application should include a description of your planned writing project along with a five-page writing sample. Send application packages to tlilburn@uvic.ca.

Cost: $400 (payment by cheque once application is accepted); the colloquium will accept five writers.

Here are some resources you might want to look at as you think about this colloquium-workshop:

  • Benning, Sheri, Field Requiem. Carcanet Press, 2021.
  • Cunsolo, Ashlee and Karen E. Landman, editors. Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of 
  • Ecological Loss and Grief. McGill-Queens UP, 2017.
  • Zwicky, Jan. Songs for Relinquishing the Earth. Brick Books, 1998


Tim Lilburn is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Harmonia Mundi, Assiniboia, Orphic Politics, Kill-site, and To the River. Lilburn is also the author of three essay collections, Living in the World as if It Were Home, Going Home and The Larger Conversation. 

Kevin Paul, poet, W̱SÁNEĆ, lives in Brentwood Bay, B.C. He is the author of two books of poetry, Taking the Names Down from the Hill (Dorothy Livesay Award) and Little Hunger (nominated for the Governor General’s Award). Kevin was instrumental in the composition of the SENĆOŦEN Dictionary. He has spoken and read to audiences across Canada and in Europe. His work has been published in BC StudiesLiterary Review of CanadaBreathing Fire: Canada’s New Poets, and An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English. He works with the University of Victoria’s Department of Linguistics, to ensure the preservation of the SENCOŦEN language, and with the University of North Texas as a language expert. I’m Still Your Pitiful One, his third book of poetry, is forthcoming from Nightwood Editions.