2018 Courses

Summer Writing Retreat:

Deepening the Mystery

July 21, 22

The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery

—Frances Bacon

In this retreat we will deepen into the mystery through meditative practices to write stories, poems, and other pieces “pulsing with the contradictions and beauty of real life,” as Canadian memoirist/novelist Sharon Butala has stated. We’ll share the writing in a supportive circle to help take it to the next step. Our time together will open possibility, depth of expression, and heartfelt connection in a circle of women embracing their truths.

Place: Salt Spring Island; Times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: $190; vegetarian lunches included; Day rate: $95

For accommodation: www.saltspringcentreofyoga.com (contact me for other suggestions)



Poetry Pilgrimages On Salt Spring Island

Into the Wilds of Salt Spring

Aug. 18, 19, 10-2 p.m.

Exploring the wilds of Salt Spring, we’ll walk, look, listen, and write about what we encounter. $75 with registration and payment by Aug. 10; $85 after; bring a lunch.


Personal Creative Retreats on Salt Spring click here

See also Writing as a Sacred Journey


Open Poetry Online

(dates by agreement)

This eight-week program will help you open fully to your truest voice and express it on the page with vividness, precision, truth, and beauty. Discussions will introduce you to the essential elements of the craft and practices will help you to apply them to your own writing. Feedback on twenty pages of poetry will further assist your process, as will two one-on-one consultations by phone or in person. The program will open a deeper poetic awareness and understanding of the genre’s forms while you write and complete a small collection of poems. $597; can pay in three installments of $215.


Write Now: Freeing your Natural Voice

Four-week online course (dates by agreement)

When we bring our attention to the moment, we tap a vast creative reservoir and an easy flow of writing on the page. Often this writing has a coherence and clarity that’s not accessible otherwise, for we are in harmony with the creative force of the universe. We have access to buried memories and feelings from all parts of our lives and, in addition, we can easily tap the deep well of our imagination. With a present-moment focus it’s also easier to sense how to shape and complete our writing. In fact, all parts of the creative process flow with greater easy and joy.

This online course will open your expressive powers through a series of weekly discussions and practices. You’ll receive an introductory one-hour phone consultation, answers to queries by email, detailed feedback on five double-spaced pages of writing, and a follow-up 30-minute consultation. The course will allow you to write with greater ease and fluidity, opening the gate to your natural expression. The cost of the program is $297.


Writing From the Inner Garden

(dates by agreement)

The aim of this online program is to cultivate a deeper connection to the creative source so you can write in an easy, joyful way attuned to your own rhythms and inclinations. We will also strengthen the channels from creative expression to completed form and the sharing of creative work with your immediate milieu or a larger community. The program will enlarge your creative capacities on many levels and help you initiate and complete the writing you’re most called to at this time. Cost: $597 or three installments of $215.


The Writing Well

Exploring the depths of true expression

(dates by agreement)

When we write from the well of our being, we’re able to explore buried memories, feelings, and images that aren’t normally accessible. We bring the parts of ourselves that have been locked away back into the whole. And in doing so, we write with more depth, emotional truth, and originality. This is what we’ll aim for during this four-week online course. Practices will help you relax and open, then engage in a variety of writing sessions. Feedback on first drafts will help you take pieces to the next step. The course will offer a container for deep writing, and the support you need to open to your truest expression. Writers working in all genres welcome. $297; includes: one-hour phone consultation, e-mail packages (every week, for a total of four) with discussions and practices, feedback on five pages of double-spaced writing, and email support.


Open Truths:

Writing from Your Deepest Experience

(dates by agreement)

This month-long course will offer a strong foundation for deep and sustained writing in any genre. We’ll start with practices that open the gateway to a flow of expression on the page. This will be followed by further practices that will allow you to explore unchartered terrain, perhaps buried images, feelings, and memories that have been hidden for many years. You’ll be guided in how to work with this “raw writing” and bring it to form. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your pieces with other writers for feedback and encouragement. The program will open gateways for you to write with greater truth, compassion, awareness, and depth in your own voice with support to complete your stories, poems, and other writing. Cost: $397; includes a one-hour consultation, weekly practices, email support, and feedback on ten pages of double-spaced writing.


Authentic Writing

(dates 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: one-hour consultation and follow up; weekly email discussions with practices, answers to questions by email, feedback on five pages of double-spaced writing. Cost: $297.


The Art of Self-Editing:

Bringing Beauty to Words

In this intense four-hour workshop, you’ll learn ways to bring beauty to your writing by enhancing the clarity, cohesiveness, and coherence of your poetry, fiction, memoir, or other nonfiction writing. We’ll discuss how to find the best overall shape for your writing, as well as ways to sharpen and strengthen sentences, word precision, and punctuation. The workshop will cover how to make editing an enjoyable and productive process that builds on your writing strengths. You will learn the most common writing problems and how to solve them, as well as a host of editing techniques for any kind of writing. An in-class exercise will hone your skills and handouts will provide exercises and resources for further editing.*Note: please bring a page or two of double-spaced writing to edit.

Date to be announced


Three-Month Writing Program

(dates 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 consultations follow, one per month. Participants can send in 15 double-spaced pages of prose (or 20 pages of poetry) for review with the option of buying more editing time, as needed, at a special rate.  The program will offer the support you need to take your writing to the next level. Cost: $597 (can pay in three installments of $215).