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2023 Poetry Course

Facilitator Michael Trussler

Location: Online Delivery

Dates: July 5 – 14, 2023

This is a facilitated, online course for six poets who have published some work and are working towards manuscript completion. The course offers a small group context; focus will be on writing time, individual critiques, and on group discussions dealing with technical, philosophical, or conceptual issues in contemporary poetry. 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!

Michael Trussler

Michael Trussler writes poetry, short stories and creative non-fiction. He has won various awards and contests including The Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award for his collection of short stories Encounters in 2006. His work has been anthologized both domestically and internationally. His memoir concerning mental illness, The Sunday Book, was published by Palimpsest Press in 2022. Two poetry collections have recently appeared: Rare Sighting of a Guillotine on the Savannah (Mansfield Press, 2021) and The History Forest (University of Regina Press, 2022). Icehouse Press will be releasing another poetry collection, Hummingbird with Spray Can in 2024. All of his work engages with the beauty and violence of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, though his most recent writing specifically explores what it means to be alive at the beginning of the Anthropocene. He’s won teaching awards at the University of Toronto and the University of Regina, where he presently teaches English.

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