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Courses, Workshops, and Retreats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Updated May 2016)

 

COMING UP! Workshops for …

 

Ontario Writers’ Conference

Location: Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility, Ajax, Ontario

Dates: April 30, May 1, 2016

Registration: Ontario Writers’ Conference

 

Turquoise Waters Writers’ Retreat, Fifth Annual

Location: Buckhorn, Kawartha Lakes

Dates: July 18 to 22, 2106

Registration: FULL

 

Muskoka Authors Association

Location: Bracebridge, Ontario

Date: August 13, 2016

Registration: TBA

God’s Mountain Estate Writers’ Retreat

Location: Penticton, British Columbia

Dates: September 9 to 18, 2016

Registration: FULL

 

Writing Your Life Memoir Workshop

Location: Vancouver, BC

Date: September 2016

Registration: TBA

 

 

MEMORIES INTO STORY I: LIFE WRITING

University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Creative Writing Program (online)

NOTE: Currently I am not teaching my memoir courses Memories into Story I and II. I am still available through UofT as a Final Project adviser or an Online Mentor. Please inquire by contacting Emily Sanford, Administrator, SCS Creative Writing Department, scs.writing@utorontoca or 416-946-7693.

 

PAST RETREATS …

 

TURQUOISE WATERS DIGITAL STORYTELLING RETREAT (2015)

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Dates: July 2015

Guest facilitators: Karen Matthews and Judy Sillito, Weasel Tale Digital Storytelling, Edmonton, Alberta

Read more about digital storytelling: I Know Why I’m Telling You This by Karen Matthews

 

MYSTICA WRITING & YOGA RETREAT

Location: Mystica Lodge, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Dates: April 6 to 13, 2015

Read more: A Sense of Place: Mystica Writing & Yoga Retreat by Sandra Shaw Homer

 

SPICE ISLE WRITING & YOGA RETREAT (2014)

Location: Petite Anse Hotel and Restaurant, Grenada

Dates: April 2014

Guest author: Lisa Allen-Agostini (Trinidad)

Read more: Dipping My Toes in Grenadian Waters by Janet Weiss-Townsend

SPICE ISLE WRITING & YOGA RETREAT (2013)

Location: Petite Anse Hotel and Restaurant, Grenada

Dates: April 7 to 14, 2013

Guest author: Oonya Kempadoo (here’s my interview with Oonya and news about her novel, All Decent Animals, making Oprah’s 2013 Summer Reading List.)

Read more: Here are U.K. participant Frances Shepherd’s thoughts on this retreat: “Our Week Had a Rhythm …”

TURQUOISE WATERS WRITERS’ RETREATS (2012 – 2016)

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Guest authors: Michelle Berry, Alexandra Leggat, Shannon Moroney

 

NAMASTE GARDENS WRITING AND YOGA RETREAT (2012)

Location: Playa Herradura, Costa Rica

Dates: January 21 to 30, 2012

Guest authors: Author William Deverell (writing tips from William) and writer Sandra Shaw Homer (an essay by Sandra, “Writing from the Heart”)

Read more: “Writing on Tico Time: Memories of a Costa Rica Retreat”

SABINO SPRINGS WRITERS’ RETREAT (2011)

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Guest author: Poet Dan Gilmore (my interview with Dan)

Read more: Participant Mary E. McIntyre wrote this series of posts about the Sabino Springs retreat for her blog, Washburn Island: Memoir of a Childhood.

OTTER LAKE WRITERS’ RETREAT (Fall 2010)

Illuminating the Path: Finding Theme and Structure for Your Memoir

Location: Otter Lake, Seguin County, Ontario

 

LOS PARRONALES WRITERS’ RETREAT (Winter 2010)

Location: Santiago, Chile

Read more: Participant Katrine Geneau’s recollections of the Los Parronales retreat.

 

CLIENTS

 

Canadian Authors Association, Toronto

Diaspora Dialogues, Toronto

Koffler Centre for the Arts, Toronto

Canadian Federation of University Women, Scarborough

Muskoka Authors Association, Bracebridge

Ontario Writers’ Conference, Ajax

Ryerson University, Toronto

Society for Editors and Proofreaders Annual Conference, York, England, September 2015

San Miguel International Writers’ Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, February 2015

The Writers’ Community of York Region

The Writers’ Community of Simcoe County

The Scribes, Uxbridge

“I got a sense of the power of restraint from Hemingway, which is the smallest way to put it, because I got much more than that from him. I learned the power of simple language in English. He showed what a powerful instrument English is if you keep the language simple, if you don't use too many Latinate words. And from Faulkner I learned the exact opposite, that excess can be thrilling, that, 'Don't hold yourself in. Don't rein yourself in. Go all the way. Go over the top. Overdo it.' And between the two, it's almost as if you've now been given your parameters. This is the best of one extreme and this is the best of another. And somewhere between the two you may be able to find your style in time to come.”– Norman Mailer, Interview, The Academy of Achievement, June 12, 2004