2019 Courses

A Crack That Lets the Light In

“With readiness the door of the heart becomes the gate of heaven”

—John O’Donohue

Often our most powerful writing is hidden deep in recesses of our heart. To access this writing, we need an opening that will let the writing spill out onto the page.  Through stilling the mind, relaxing the body, and resting deep within, we’ll allow what wants to arise on the page, whether the writing is about joyful moments or those filled with loss, grief, or other challenges, for often these are the cracks that let the light in. We’ll share this writing in a supportive circle, listening with attentive ears to what rings true and what can be expressed in a fuller way. The retreat will offer a container to express yourself with awareness, depth, compassion, and courage, bringing forth writing in your truest voice.

Sat. Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At Star of the Sea Centre, St. Mary’s Church, Fulford, Salt Spring Island

$30 at the door; to register: staroftheseassi@gmail.comwww.staroftheseassi.ca

Lorraine Gane is the author of The Way the Light Enters (Black Moss Press, 2014), The Blue Halo (Leaf Press, 2014), and Even the Slightest Touch Thunders on My Skin (Black Moss Press, 2002), as well as several chapbooks, including Beauty and Beyond: Songs of Small Mercies(Leaf Press, 2012). She has taught writing at universities across Canada, as well as her own workshops. She is now working on a fourth collection of poetry, among other projects. Lorraine also mentors writers through online courses, consultations, and manuscript development/editing.


Writing the Spiritual Memoir

(contact me for details at info@lorrainegane.com)


Opening to the Mystery

Be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses

—Rainer Maria Rilke

Saturday, October 12, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

With Lorraine Gane

This retreat will be an opportunity to dive deep into the creative well to unfold the mysteries that await us there. Gentle movement and other meditative practices will relax our bodies and still our minds allowing entry into buried memories, images, and feelings, perhaps those that have been hidden for some time. Once these are expressed on the page, we’ll share them in a supportive circle. The gathering will offer a safe container to write with more depth and awareness in a community of women embracing their own truths.

Place: 681 Markham St. (Bloor and Bathurst), Toronto

Cost: $60

To register: lorrainegane@shaw.ca


Open Poetry Online

(starts Nov. 15 or 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.


Deep Writing

(starts Nov. 15 or 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.


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.


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).