We tell ourselves stories in order to live.
— Joan Didion
 

Everyone has a story. Let me help you tell yours.

Are you hoping to explore your own writing through memoir, fiction, or non-fiction?

Through One Life Writing, I offer a range of workshops, classes, consultations and personalized editing designed to support your writing and cultivate a safe space for you to explore your creativity. Let me be a guide and anchor on your journey.

Being able to tell our stories and be witness in the process is integral to feeling whole. It takes courage and support to feel safe enough to plant the seeds of creativity and nourish the stories inside ourselves. Writing--journalling, responding to prompts, or beginning a novel or story--can boost our confidence, help us confront our fears, and more deeply connect us to our hearts and to the world. 

That means taking risks. And digging in for the long haul.

I offer writing and storytelling workshops across Canada and around the world. I take a mindful approach to writing, encouraging us to connect with the full experience of being alive as we learn to meet ourselves on the page. Where appropriate, group and personal workshops might include breath work and mindful reflective exercises to more deeply connect with the sensory world from which our stories are born. Standard workshops include What’s Your Story?, Finding Your Voice, Crafting Fiction, Embodied Writing, Telling Truths: Writing Memoir, and and Writing Through Life Change. I also teach introductory workshops to fiction and non-fiction, and advanced workshops for those further along the creative path. Often I collaborate with other professionals and practitioners to approach writing from a multi-disciplinary, holistic perspective. 

Hop on over to the Events section for current and upcoming workshops and retreats. Or connect with me now to discuss your own project.

Are you a teacher? Do you work in a school?

For educators and administrators, I offered tailored classroom workshops, from hour-long to multi-day events. I have presented workshops, seminars, and lectures to secondary and postsecondary students around the world, in places as diverse as France, Taiwan, Netherlands, Colombia, China, Costa Rica, and Mexico--and of course at home here in Canada. I have a background in international education, have served as writer-in-residence for Lester B. Pearson United World College and the Canada C3 voyage, and have researched and published academic work about the connections between storytelling, identity, home, and global migration. I’m always than happy to talk to your school--whether local or international--about tailoring a course, workshop or event that meets the needs of your students. 

Or work with me on your own time.

Whether you need assistance editing, trouble-shooting, or other consultation on a writing project, I can provide support in-person or via Skype. I developed Manuscript Tune-Up for writers like you who are looking for detailed, workable feedback on a manuscript-in-progress. I'm a respected editor, a member of Editors Canada, and an award-winning writer with an MFA in Creative Writing (UBC). Currently, I'm a PhD student in Adult Education at the University of Toronto, where my research experience includes narrative inquiry, storytelling, and arts-based approaches to learning. I have extensive experience providing detailed, personalized feedback on fiction, nonfiction, academic, and professional writing projects. Let me help you get in the groove, find your voice, and make your writing shine. Learn more about what others have said.

For over fifteen years I’ve worked as an editor, coach, and versatile communications professional in a number of capacities—including freelance journalism, ghostwriting, blog writing, media and public relations, strategic communications, and speechwriting. I have extensive experience engaging international and Canadian youth, seniors, LGBTQ communities, folks with disabilities, second-language learners, and in particular, newcomer and migrant communities.

Ready to take the next step? Get in touch and we can set up a time to chat by phone or Skype. Learn more about my rates.

Want more?

I offer personalized mentorship opportunities for writers at all stages looking to deepen their engagement with the literary world. With a background in marketing, communications, and social media, I can help you build a plan to launch your online identity as a writer and to decipher and engage meaningfully with audiences and others in the literary world. Through a personalized consultation or over a series of sessions, I can help you strategize how to best tackle a new project, working with you and providing feedback and support along the way. Let me be your guide.

I’m also able to share tips and build strategies for connecting with agents, publishers, and others involved in the literary journey. Whether you’re looking to take the next step in your literary career, or are planning for down the road, be in touch to discuss a one-on-one private writing consultation that’s right for you.

I'm guided, in teaching and in life, by the following values

If you’d like to discuss working together, drop me a note and we can set up a time to chat.

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About Me

I have worked at universities across Canada, in public sector organizations, and most recently as an independent editor, researcher, journalist, and consultant. I have an MA in Adult Education from the University of Toronto and am currently a PhD student. My research explores the intersections between storytelling, identity, home, and belonging. In particular, my research looks at how we used stories to understand our lives, particularly as we move through life in a globalized world. 

As a teacher, my key areas of focus include life writing, memoir, fiction, creative nonfiction, personal journalism, embodied writing, storytelling for newcomers and migrant communities, LGBTQ life writing, and writing as a popular education and adult education tool.

My fiction, essays, journalism and reviews have been widely published, and my work has been widely recognized, with nominations for the Journey Prize, National Magazine Award for Fiction, Western Magazine Award for Personal Journalism, the CBC Short Story Prize, and the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. I’ve received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Banff Centre, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). I’m a 2017 Writer-in-Residence at Lester B. Pearson United World College and a 2017 Writer-in-Residence on the Canada C3 expedition across Canada. I'm a Scorpio and I love to travel. Learn more about my background here.

 

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The best writing advice I've received?

Write what scares you most

I think that was Amy Hempel. 

 

A few random facts

Countries visited: 74

Happy place: anywhere near the ocean

Desert island book: A Little Life