Teaching

Teaching lies at the heart of my love of writing. Here are some favourites:

Monthly life writing webinars with change-makers in creative nonfiction. Free and open to anyone interested in writing with a spiritual (however you define it) bent. Hosted by Awakening Spirituality, an online community of seekers. Guests in 2021 include: Penny Allport, Meharoona Ghani, Jonina Kirton, Lori Sebastianutti, Linda Trinh, and Betsy Warland.  Awakening Spirituality Workshop.

Remaking the World: The Art of Spiritual Memoir four-week online master class (April-May 2020), co-sponsored by Emmanuel College (University of Toronto) and the Canadian Nonfiction Collective (CNFC). A look at writing that’s sharp, fresh, relevant–and a puzzle, still, to publishers. We looked at why.

Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat Thanks to all who made my annual spring workshops (2013-2019) at the Lodge at Pine Cove memorable and lively! And boundless thanks to the retreat founder, Nicola Ross, and intrepid innkeeper, Alex Strachan.

Stone by Stone: Writing Spiritual Memoir small-group intensive for community leaders ready to try creative writing. Co-taught with Prajna, of Amida Mosaic Sangha in London, Ontario.

University courses (sample)

  • The short story
  • Writing in religious studies
  • Sacred places
  • The religious personality
  • Stories and the sacred
  • Religion and imagination
  • Religion and romanticism
  • Christian contemplative literature

Conferences & Community (sample):

In environmental humanities: Narrative Matters Interdisciplinary Conference(s) (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia); Beyond Nature: Ecology and Performance Interdisciplinary Conference (Lancaster, UK); Environmental Studies Association of Canada (York U, Toronto); 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 in Boulder, Colorado.