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Throwing Cotton the MOVIE!

  File under “Pinch me: surreal” — “Throwing Cotton”, one of the stories in This Cake Is For the Party, was made into a movie this year. The film recently wrapped, and it’s scheduled to be released in 2015. I got to see the sneak preview this fall, and it’s stunning. It was almost an […]

Congratulations class of 2015!

Last week, eighty-five writers graduated from The Story Intensive Class of 2015. Today’s post is in their honour. These wonderful writers, from Nanaimo to Tasmania, have been showing up for their writing practice with us since September. This month, they each wrote and completed a brand new short story! Some of them finished a story […]

What happens on a writing retreat?

Today is a treat! I’m sharing a conversation with four writers who attended The Lemon Tree House writing retreat this past September. I’m leading my own retreat there in April, but I haven’t been to the castle yet, so there’s only so much I can tell you about what it will be like! I have […]

How to train for your writing marathon.

Writing is about endurance. Especially writing a novel. But unlike a marathon run, a marathon write means you’ll be sitting for hours at your desk. We all know now that sitting is the new smoking. It’ll kill you! When you’re sitting for hours, hunched over, lost in the depths of a fictional world, it’s easy […]

What you need to know about fear.

Last weekend I had the privilege of working with six accomplished writers and a herd of horses for three days. It was incredible. The horses have a way of mirroring your resistance to you, without fail. You might have a very compelling story about why you won’t/can’t write your book, but try explaining that to […]

Cross training

I signed up for art classes this fall. Every Tuesday for the next seven weeks, I’m playing with gouache! What? My art teacher, Erica, taught me about colour theory. I drank it up — chroma, hue, value. The difference between chroma and lightness. How different colours have their own inherent value. And how different value […]

Be stubborn.

A couple of years ago, Jennifer Louden interviewed me for her Teach Now course. This program teaches pedagogy and self-care for anyone who feels called to be a teacher, and I was delighted to be included as guest faculty. Since then, I have been following Jennifer’s work with admiration. Her writing is in service to […]

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