Teaching

Teaching lies at the heart of my approach to writing. Highlights include:

NEW November-December 2020 The Wild Writers Mentorship Program For writers at all levels who are ready to take a deep dive into their work. Our 2020 mentors are Helen Humphreys, Pamela Mulloy, Andrew Westoll and yours truly.

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 lively look at writing that’s sharp, fresh, relevant, and vital–and a puzzle, still, to many publishers. Let’s see why.

Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat Thanks to all who made my annual spring workshops (2013-2017) at the Lodge at Pine Cove so lively and memorable. I had the pleasure of directing the 2018 and 2019 retreats, in partnership with The New Quarterly.

Stone by Stone: Writing Spiritual Memoir September 2013 – May 2014. A small-group intensive for community leaders ready to embrace creative writing. Co-taught with Prajna, founder 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 (sample)

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

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.