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How To Apply
2024 Application Deadlines:
  • Spring Programs – March 1, 2024
  • Summer Programs – March 22, 2024
All Applicants will need to provide:
  • Applicant information
  • Emergency contact information
  • $25 Application Fee (payable by e-Transfer, Visa / MasterCard, or cheque) – or pay the Early Bird Rate of $15 for Spring Program Applications received by Feb. 23 and Summer Program applications received by Mar. 8!
  • Optional: A letter of intent towards a bursary or scholarship (click here for the Bursary & Scholarship List)
Emerging Writers’ Course Applications must also include:
  • A brief one-page letter including:
    • Statement of interest
    • Current projects
    • Goals for the workshop
    • Any other pertinent information
  • Five-page sample of your writing

Note: You DO NOT need to be published in order to apply for the Emerging Writers’ Workshop.

Playwriting Course Applications must also include:
  • A brief letter outlining your writing project, including:
    • Goals
    • Where you are in your process
    • How you would work on your project at Sage Hill
    • Any other pertinent information
  • 12-page sample of your writing. The sample can include works-in-progress that you plan to develop while at Sage Hill (at least 7 pages), and/or samples of your produced or published work(s).
  • Your literary/dramatic CV
Colloquium, Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Course Applications must also include:
  • A brief letter outlining your writing project, including:
    • Goals
    • Where you are in your process
    • How you would work on your project at Sage Hill
    • Any other pertinent information
  • Twelve-page sample of your writing including:
    • Five published pages
    • Seven pages of work-in-progress that you’d like to develop at Sage Hill
  • Your literary CV

Please combine all documents into one file to upload with the online application form.
PDF and Microsoft Word documents accepted.

If you have trouble when attaching your application materials to the online form, please email sage.hill@sasktel.net or call 306-537-7243

Adjudication Process

All applications go through a competitive, independent peer jury process to maintain a high level of artistic merit in programs. Jury members weigh applications against a rubric of set criteria to assess the quality of writing and readiness for the experience.

Acceptance is determined by:

  • Quality of work submitted
  • Project description
  • Experience and ability to carry out the proposed project
  • Literary CV and publication history
  • Which applicants would most benefit from attending Sage Hill at this point in their development

Writing samples up to the page requirement will be reviewed by the jury. Pages in excess will not be reviewed.

This adjudication process is usually completed about four weeks after the application deadline. You will be contacted with results after the jury has come forward with its decision.

2024 Tuition Rates
Application Fee: $25
Early Bird Rate: $15 for Spring Program Applications received by Feb. 23 and for Summer Program applications received by Mar. 8!
Online Program Tuition: $745
In Person Program Tuition (includes meals & accommodations): $1995

When to make a payment:

Please pay your application fee when you submit your application. Instructions will be provided.

After the jury has reviewed applications, you will be notified via email to let you know whether or not you have been accepted. You can make tuition payments once you have received your acceptance email.

Cancellation Policy:

  • There will be a $100 cancellation fee if you withdraw after payment is made.
  • If you cancel 14 days or more prior to start date: 50% of funds returned.
  • If you cancel 7 days prior to retreat start date: 25% of funds returned.
  • Cancellations within one week of program start dates are non-refundable. However, if it is possible to fill the spot in time, some refund may be available. 
  • Please note that credit card processing fees are non-refundable.

Refunds for COVID-related cancellations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Sage Hill reserves the right to cancel upcoming or underway programs due to COVID-related health and safety issues or mandates. If a program must be cancelled, payment will be refunded accordingly.

Click here to apply to the Spring Program

Click here to apply to the Summer Program