Saskatoon Writers' Collective

"Produce, Polish, Publish and Promote"

Open Mic:

Open mic nights are held on the second Thursday of each month from September to May. They are free and open to the public.

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Room 3 of the Frances Morrison Library in downtown Saskatoon (unless other location posted) 

Each reader is allowed a maximum of 8 minutes to read.

Registration to read happens on the night (no need to preregister anymore)

Light refreshments are provided.

*** We are looking for local writer's groups who would like to host an Open Mic (and read their own material). 


Bringing our members into regular contact with one another is a major priority for the Collective. Our series of Open Mics was launched in October 2006 to do that, and at the same time to give writers a venue to showcase their work-in-progress. The feedback from those who read, as well as those who come to listen, has been overwhelmingly positive.

Help us continue the tradition! Join us in a convivial environment to read, listen to, and talk about writing.

Guidelines & Policies

Open Mics are, by definition, open to all members of the community. You do not have to be a Collective member to read, but available slots will always be offered first to Collective members. (Hint: join the Collective!)

We prefer that you present something you're currently working on, but it's not a hard-and-fast rule. Prize-nominees and prize-winners are always welcome, and so are newly-published authors, first-timers or otherwise. We want and encourage you to share your success. You may read fiction, non-fiction and poetry, essays and memoir. You may perform a scene from a play or dramatic monologue. With prior approval from the event MC, you may be allowed to perform a musical piece with lyrics. Since we hold our Open Mics in public venues, the Golden Rule is that all material be family-friendly. (We will be offering Open Mics in alternate venues around town where this rule can be waived, but these will be posted as such.) 

We limit the number of readers to ten per session and each reader is allowed a maximum of 8 minutes to read, or otherwise perform, their work.  If you want a rule-of-thumb, time-wise, 100 words = 1 minute. If you're unsure how long your intended piece will take, please time yourself, and be sure to add in time for your introductory remarks. Note that you may not need the whole 8 minutes. The MC will ask you how much time you’ll need when you arrive and will set up the order of the readings to allow us a break and plenty of time for socializing.

We try to give preference to first-time readers, but repeaters are welcome providing we don’t surpass our limit of ten.

Prizes are offered (by draw) for readers, usually consisting of book store gift cards.

Date, time, place, and how to register to read or perform at the next Open Mic are listed above. Please register early!

PLEASE NOTE: Registration does not guarantee that you will be able to read at the Open Mic. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Those with prior registrations, and first time readers will be given precedence at the discretion of the Open Mic MC.

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The Saskatoon Writers' Collective Inc. is a non-profit, non-charitable corporation.
Mailing address: Saskatoon Writers' Collective c/o The Refinery, 609 Dufferin Ave., Saskatoon, SK  S7N 1C4 Canada 

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