Dear Word Friends:

As a teacher entirely devoted to authentic expression–yours and mine–I offer private and small group mentoring, community workshops, and SFU courses.

Private & Small Group Mentoring

I offer support to both individual writers, as well as small groups. The mentoring support I offer meets you where you are on your writing path and seeks to serve you as you discover and write toward your goals, e.g. writing individual pieces (poems, stories, memoirs, blogs, etc.), completing a chapbook or manuscript, embarking on a course of reading and study, etc. May I be of service to your writer’s education?

Contemporary Poetry & Creative Writing Courses
I teach for the three-month long summer writing program, South Bank Writers Program  and the year-long certificate program, The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.
The following two SFU courses recur yearly.

-WRITE WRITE WRITE–mid-August at SFU, Harbour Centre

A week-long writing intensive extravaganza, meeting daily to enliven your writing practice! Using a balance of in-class discussions and exercises, as well as take-home practices and missions, you will pursue the stories, poems and memoirs within you. 

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-THE POEM’S INTENTION–OctoberNovember at SFU, Harbour Centre

By focusing on the ways a poem asserts its own emotional, thematic, and narrative intention, writers taking this course will learn new strategies for composing and revising poems. By distinguishing the writer’s intention from the poem’s intention, writers will learn how to do the following:

  • Look at poems in new ways—based in both re-visioning and revising
  • Make intentional, disciplined decisions toward revising poems
  • Read all styles of poetry with interest, sympathy, and imagination
  • Be unbound by previous definitions of poetry

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