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Are you looking to explore your own writing, either through life writing, fiction, or non-fiction?
I offer a range of workshops, classes, and consultations designed to support your writing and cultivate a safe space for you to explore your creativity. Let me assist you on your creative journey through editing, mentoring, or manuscript assistance.
I am a strong believer that being able to understand and articulate our own personal stories is an integral part of our development as healthy people. Feeling safe enough to nourish our creativity and connect with the stories inside ourselves is a lifelong process. Life writing and personal storytelling have the ability to boost our confidence, identify our strengths and fears, connect us to our hearts and bodies, and root us firmly within the narrative of our own personal histories. Learning to craft compelling fiction, memoir, and non-fiction springs from identifying and understanding our own unique voices and perspectives.
I have worked at universities across Canada, in public sector organizations, in the public school sector, and most recently as an independent editor, researcher, and consultant for clients in the postsecondary, government, and non-governmental sectors. A few of my core areas of expertise include memoir/life writing, personal storytelling, identifying and developing voice, cross-cultural communications, personal journalism, writing for youth and youth-at-risk, writing and storytelling for non-native English speakers, LGBTQ life writing, workshops for newcomer and migrant communities, and writing as a popular education tool.
My fiction and nonfiction work has been published and won awards across Canada. My writing has been recognized with nominations for the Journey Prize, Pushcart Prize, Western Magazine Awards, the CBC Short Story Prize, and the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. I’ve received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). I’m a 2017 Alumni-in-Residence at Lester B. Pearson United World College.
To learn more, visit the Writing section of my blog.