"Thanks for getting me over my 22-year writer's block!"

Writing from Life student, Oct. 2023

Workshops and presentations

I present a variety of writing-related workshops and classes to adults in formal and writing group settings, including: Writing From Life, Point of View, Travel Writing, StoryCraft, Character and Dialogue, A Writer's Toolkit, and Marketing Yourself and Your Work.

In my presentations for elementary school children, 'To Begin at the Beginning', I talk about the origins and purpose of storytelling, describe my beginnings as a writer, share how I generate ideas for fiction and non fiction, and read from my work. I conduct creative writing workshops for high school and post-secondary students as well as talking about my work as a writer.

Prior and upcoming activities

Pic. Photos by Pharos

I have presented in the past for:

Canadian Children Book Week Tour (2017, 2022),

Surrey International Writer's Conference

Vancouver Writers' Festival

New Westminster Literacy Society

FVRL Reading Link Challenge

SFU Southbank program

Vancouver Island University Elder College

Dover Secondary School

and others

Contact me to enquire about a presentation or workshop for your group or class.

Resources for Writers

To name just a few useful resources: 

Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Kidlit411.com - The go-to website for everything

    about writing for kids

Article: 'How Does Fiction Reading Influence Empathy?'

Article Your Brain on Books - 10 Things That Happen to

    Our Minds When We Read

How Fiction Works by James Wood

If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

Imaginative Writing by Janet Burroway

Makeover - Revision Techniques No Fiction  

   Writer Can Afford to Ignore by Elizabeth Lyon

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale

Make Your Words Work by Gary Provost

COMING SOON: Check back for links to free handouts on various topics.