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Courses, Workshops, and Retreats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Updated January 2018)

 

MEMORIES INTO STORY I and II

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’m still available through UofT as a Final Project adviser or an Online Mentor. Please inquire about my availability by contacting Emily Sanford, Administrator, SCS Creative Writing Department, scs.writing@utorontoca or 416-946-7693.

 

 

PAST WRITERS’ RETREATS AND RECENT WORKSHOPS

Italian Riviera Writing & Photography Retreat

with Photographer Rick Brazeau

Location: Chiavara, Italy

Date: September 23 to October 1, 2017

Guest Speaker: Deborah Vail

 

TURQUOISE WATERS WRITERS’ RETREAT (2017)

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

Date: July 3 to 7, 2017

Guest speaker: Ann Y.K. Choi (Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, 2016)

 

Workshop, Muskoka Authors Association

Location: St. Thomas Anglican Church, Bracebridge, Ontario

Date: April 8, 2017

Workshop, Ontario Writers’ Conference

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

Date: May 1, 2016

 

TURQUOISE WATERS WRITERS’ RETREAT, FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (2016)

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

Date: July 18 to 22, 2106

 

GOD’S MOUNTAIN ESTATE WRITERS’ RETREAT (2016)

Location: Penticton, British Columbia

Date: September 9 to 18, 2016

Guest speakers: authors Barbara Lambert (The Whirling Girl, 2012) and Frances Greenslade (Shelter, 2011)

TURQUOISE WATERS DIGITAL STORYTELLING RETREAT (2015)

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Date: 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 (2015)

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 – 2014)

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.

 

“I developed a system: I would read the first page and the last paragraph of each submission. Sometimes there would be 750 words of throat-clearing before the essay even started. And so I would send it back to the writer and say, 'Start with your last paragraph and see where it goes.'”– Moira Dann, former Facts & Arguments editor for the Globe and Mail