Teaching

Teaching is at the heart of my work as a writer-editor. Recent highlights include:

The French River Creative Writing Retreat Thanks to all of you who have made my annual memoir workshops so lively and intimate. As of 2018 I will be directing the retreat as a whole. You can find us at: www.frenchriver.com/workshops.htm.

Stone by Stone: Writing Spiritual Memoir September 2013 – May 2014. A small-group intensive for community leaders who want to embrace creative writing. Co-taught with Prajna, founder of Amida Mosaic Sangha in London, Ontario.

University courses

  • The short story (St. Jerome’s University)
  • Writing in religious studies
  • Sacred places
  • The religious personality
  • Stories and the sacred
  • Religion and imagination
  • Religion and romanticism
  • Christian contemplative literature

Conference papers

Beyond Nature: Ecology and Performance Interdisciplinary Conference; Environmental Studies Association of Canada; Narrative Matters Interdisciplinary Conference(s).

Community outreach (sample courses, conferences, workshops, panels, consultations & retreats):

In the environmental humanities: the Canadian Forum on Religion and Ecology; Community Arts Ontario; Finders Keepers International Women’s Conference; Lower Grand River Land Trust; Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition; Ontario Museum Association; The Ontario Rural Council; Ottawa Storytelling Festival; Toronto Conservation Authority; Toronto Storytelling Festival; Waterloo Unlimited.

In religion & the arts: 8-month spiritual memoir (writing) course with Prajnatara of Amida Mosaic Sangha. Groundswell Multi-faith Initiative, adult education certificate program in community leadership with co-founder, Teresa Bryant, King’s College, London, Ontario. If I Speak, Who Will Listen? 8-month women’s writing workshop in Boulder, Colorado. The Spiritual Lifestory Workshop, 8-month life-writing workshop with co-founder Ronald L. Grimes in Boulder, Colorado. Women’s Circle Multifaith Gathering at the Jesse Saulteaux Centre in Manitoba. Women’s contemplative literature study groups in Waterloo, Ontario and Boulder, Colorado.