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Courses, Workshops, and Retreats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Updated November 2015)

 

COMING UP! Workshops for …

 

Muskoka Authors Association

Location: Bracebridge, Ontario

Date: (TBA: April 2016)

Registration: TBA

 

Ontario Writers’ Conference

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

Dates: April 30, May 1, 2016

Registration: Ontario Writers’ Conference

 

North York Central Library

Sharing Your Stories: Introduction to Memoir Writing

Location: 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

Dates: TBA. June. Series of four two-hour workshops over four weeks.

Note: Register for this series through the Toronto Public Library in March 2016. Only new registrants please.

 

Turquoise Waters Writers’ Retreat, Fifth Annual

Location: Buckhorn, Kawartha Lakes

Dates: Sunday June 26 – Thursday June 30

Registration: FULL

 

Serenata Writers’ Retreat

Location: Penticton, British Columbia

Dates: September 9 to 18, 2016

Registration: FULL

 

IN PROGRESS

 

MEMORIES INTO STORY I: LIFE WRITING

University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Creative Writing Program

Location: Online

Dates: September to December 2015 (10 weeks)

Registration: FULL

Telephone: 416-978-2400

Email: scs.writing@utoronto.ca

(Note: Memories into Story II, my advanced course, will be offered in January 2016. Memories into Story I will be offered again in May 2016.)

Also at University of Toronto:

ONLINE MENTOR PROGRAM: I’m available upon request as a writing coach through the Online Mentor Program, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. Contact Emily Sanford, Administrator, SCS Creative Writing Department, scs.writing@utorontoca or 416-946-7693.

 

ALLYSON’S 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

 

MYSTICA WRITING & YOGA RETREAT

Location: Mystica Lodge, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Dates: April 6 to 13, 2015

 

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 (read 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 this series of posts about the Sabino Springs retreat on participant Mary E. McIntyre’s 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 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

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

“If I sit at my computer, determined to write a New Yorker story I won’t get beyond the first sentence. It’s better to put no pressure on it. What would happen if I followed the previous sentence with this one, I’ll think. If the eighth draft is torture, the first should be fun. At least if you’re writing humor.”– David Sedaris