Online Courses

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Open Truths: Writing from your Deepest Experience

15th of each month (or by agreement)

This four-week course will offer ways to move past the censor and open to the rich experiences that may be buried under layers of preconceptions about what is acceptable writing. We’ll start with practices to open a flow of writing, then advance to more directed exercises designed to trigger memory, stimulate the imagination and offer new ways of seeing. Emphasis will be placed on helping writers open to the full range and breadth of their voice and move past their own resistances to discover the hidden gold of their deepest experiences. Cost: $299 (includes email packages with four discussions and ten exercises; writing tips, methods to release resistance, introductory phone consultation and follow-up session, answers to questions by email; detailed annotations on ten pages of double-spaced writing.

 

Authentic Writing

1st and 15th of each month (or by agreement)

This one-month program will help you open to your truest voice and express it through writing that has the most meaning for you now. We’ll start with practices to ignite a flow of writing on the page, then move to more directed writing. Each week you’ll receive an email package with discussions and practices. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss specific concerns through a one-on-one phone consultation and by email. The program will invite you to engage in a more dynamic relationship with your innate creativity and offer the support to bring it into form on the page. What the course includes: weekly email discussions with practices, answers to questions by email, one-on-one phone consultation and follow-up. Cost: $199 (option: detailed feedback on five double-spaced pages of writing for an additional $50).


Three-Month Writing Program

1st and 15 of each month (or by agreement)

This program is designed to support new writing as well as ongoing projects that could benefit from editorial suggestions and other creative advice. The program starts with a one-hour consultation to discern what would help your writing process. We then create a plan to propel your writing through various means (practices, exercises, reading suggestions, creative approaches). Feedback on writing includes detailed comments on aspects such as cohesiveness and clarity, in addition to fine-tuning suggestions.Two more half-hour consultations follow, one per month. Participants can send in 15 double-spaced pages for review with the option of buying more editing time, as needed, at a special rate. Extensions to the program are also available. The program will offer the support you need to take your writing to the next level.

$495 (or three payments of $175 each)


Writing the Memoir

The Practice and Art of Personal Narratives

(Dates by agreement)

When we go deep enough into the veins of memory within, we tap the full texture of our experiences with all their emotional nuances and sensory details. Yet it takes a combination of openness, patience, and persistence to reveal the larger truths of the human condition. This three-month online course will aid this process, helping you open fully to the events and moments that matter most to you and shape these into personal essays, memoir, travel pieces, narrative poetry, or  autobiography. You’ll be offered suggestions on how to bring your writing to the next level through enhancing scenes, dialogue, description, imagery, and in other ways. You’ll receive bi-monthly email packages with discussions and practices, email support, writing samples from Canadian and international authors, and a one-on-one consultation to discuss specific concerns. The course will help you expand your range, depth, and skill of expression, opening the door to new creative possibilities.

Cost: $495 (or three payments of $175)


The Poetry of Witness

1st and 15 of each month

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In a state of poetic attention, we have eyes to see and ears to hear the deeper truths of our experiences, with all their joy, pain, triumphs and losses. We become a witness to our lives expressing what we’ve gone through with greater insight and sensory nuance. This three-month online course will help you cultivate this state through practices to open awareness and a flow of writing from buried memories, feelings, and images. Deep listening will help us attune to the most vivid writing and shape pieces into a completed form. We’ll have the chance to let go of deeply held resistances, write beyond our limitations, and speak in our truest voice.

Includes an introductory consultation; bi-monthly email packages, with lectures and exercises, feedback on 15 pages of  double-spaced writing; answers to questions by email, periodic inspirational messages, resources listing sources of grants, scholarships and writing retreats; how to submit writing for publication, and a markets’ list.


$495

(or you can pay in three installments of $175, with two post-dated checks:

Contact me to arrange installments)

A YEAR TO WRITE: CULTIVATING YOUR CREATIVE GARDEN

1st and 15th of each month, or by agreement

My aim is to offer inspiration, encouragement and support for those wishing to move forward on a manuscript-in-progress or one to be initiated. The program also supports those wishing to explore writing as a deepening creative process. An introductory consultation will help assess what will be most useful for you at this time, whether basic email support, ongoing monthly consultations, feedback on your writing, and/or participation in a small teleconference writing group. After the consultation, you can choose a modallity to work with during the year. I ask for an initial commitment of three months, with an assessment at the end of the term to determine if the program is working for you and/or what changes can be incorporated to help serve your needs during the remainder of the year.

Some areas we may deal with during the program might include: developing skills such as fictional or poetic techniques; discovering a cohesive structure; enhancing narrative flow; clarifying  ideas; developing a natural style; strengthening voice; deepening creativity; developing organizational methods; finding the time to write, setting realistic goals; releasing resistances; discovering financial support for writing; finding a publisher.

(please inquire for further details)

(or you can pay in four installments, with three post-dated checks:

Contact me to arrange installments)



Contact me to arrange installments

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