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2023 Nonfiction Course

Facilitated by Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Location: Online delivery

Dates: July 5 – 14, 2023

This facilitated, online course is designed for six writers of creative nonfiction and memoir who have begun to publish in journals and want to go beyond the basics of the genre. Part workshop and part style-incubator, in these sessions we will discuss ways to approach form, voice, and challenging material via the art of the particular. This course includes one-on-one meetings with the instructor and short lessons in freshening your approach and testing the limits of the genre. Application is open to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad.


Applicants will need to provide:
  • Applicant information
  • Emergency contact information
  • $25 Application Fee (payable by e-Transfer, Visa / MasterCard, or cheque)
  • Optional: A letter of intent towards a bursary or scholarship
  • A brief letter outlining your writing project, including:
    • Goals
    • Where you are in your process
    • How you would work on your project while at Sage Hill
    • Any other pertinent information
  • 12-page sample of your writing including:
    • Five pages published
    • Seven pages of work-in-progress that you’d like to develop at Sage Hill
  • Your literary CV


  • Writing samples up to the page requirement will be reviewed by the jury. Pages in excess will not be reviewed.
  • Please combine all documents into one file to upload with the online application form.
  • PDF and Microsoft Word documents are accepted.
  • If you have trouble when attaching your application materials to the online form, please contact us.
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

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.


Application Fee: $25
Online Program Tuition: $745

What is covered?

  • 10-day writing retreat as part of a small group, led by program faculty
  • 1-on-1 conferences and course time with your instructor
  • Critical feedback on writing submissions
  • Courses and discussions on the craft of writing
  • Private online meeting spaces for 1-on-1 instruction and workshops
  • Access to programmed online readings and events
  • Invitation to online social activities with other writers

When and how to make a payment:

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 a payment once you have received your acceptance email.

Tuition payments can be made by:

  • E-transfer to (preferred)
  • Cheque mailed to: Sage Hill Writing, 324 – 1831 College Ave., Regina, SK, S4P 4V5
  • Visa or Mastercard (no Amex) by calling 306-537-7243. Please note that credit card payments are subject to a 2.4% processing fee.

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 in-process programs due to COVID-related health and safety issues or mandates. If a program must be cancelled, payment will be refunded accordingly.

Online schedule elements

  • Classes usually meet for 1 to 2 hours each day.
  • Sessions will likely take place in the late morning / early afternoon, to accommodate the various time zones of the writers taking each course. 
  • Each writer will have 1-on-1 sessions scheduled with their instructor throughout the program.
  • With online retreats, we understand that writers may continue to have responsibilities at home. We’ve found that the more time writers put into the program, including time set aside for personal writing and working with feedback received on their writing, the more they get out of the experience!

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

A headshot photo of Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn is an essayist and poet, Halifax’s first Metis Poet Laureate and currently a mentor in the University of King’s College MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She’s the author and editor of fourteen collections of poetry, creative nonfiction and scholarly work, most recently Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (Wolsak and Wynn) an award-winning hybrid work exploring the lives of her Ininiwak and Métis ancestors. Lorri has received awards for teaching, research and her work in the arts, and was recently the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Medal. She has published widely in literary journals and anthologies and her poetry has been adapted for libretti. Her bricolage memoir is forthcoming this year. Lorri was raised on the prairies and moved to Nova Scotia in the 1980s. Find her @neilsenglenn.

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