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(Updated February 2015)

 

Winter 2015:

MEMORIES INTO STORY II: LIFE WRITING (now in progress)

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

Location: Online

Dates: January to March 2015 (8 weeks)

Fee: $649

Registration: Memories into Story II: Life Writing (FULL)

Telephone: 416-978-2400

Email: scs.writing@utoronto.ca

(Note: Memories into Story I, my introductory course, will be offered again in spring 2015.)

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.

February 2015:

WORKSHOP: THE “TELLING” SECRET IN MEMOIR

Location: San Miguel International Writers’ Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Dates: February 11 to 15, 2015

Registration: San Miguel Writers’ Conference (FULL)

 

April 2015:

MYSTICA WRITING & YOGA RETREAT

Location: Mystica Lodge, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Dates: April 6 to 13, 2015

Registration: One spot left!

 

WORKSHOP: PUNCH IT UP: EDITING TIPS FOR TIGHTER PROSE

Location: Ontario Writers’ Conference 2015, Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility, Ajax, Ontario

Date: April 24-25, 2015

Note: Details to come.

 

June 2015:

SHARING YOUR STORIES: INTRODUCTION TO MEMOIR WRITING

Location: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

Dates: Dates TBA. June. Series of two-hour workshops once a week for 4 weeks.

Note: Register for this annual workshop series through the Toronto Public Library in March 2015. Only new registrants please.

 

July 2015:

TURQUOISE WATERS DIGITAL STORYTELLING RETREAT

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Dates: Private Group

 

September 2015:

WORKSHOP: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BONES: STRUCTURAL EDITING (FICTION)

Location:

Society for Editors & Proofreaders (SfEP) Annual Conference

Derwent College, University of York, Heslington, York, UK

Dates: September 5 to 7, 2015

 

 

PAST RETREATS …

TURQUOISE WATERS WRITERS’ RETREAT (2014)

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Dates: July 2014

Guest Author: Shannon Moroney

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

 

TURQUOISE WATERS WRITERS’ RETREAT (2013)

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Dates: July 29 to August 2, 2013

Guest Author: Alexandra Leggat (my interview with Alexandra: “I’m a little wild on the page”)

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’ RETREAT (2012)

Imagery and Imagination

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Dates: July 9 to 13, 2012

Guest Author: Michelle Berry  (writing tips from Michelle)

NAMASTE GARDENS WRITING AND YOGA RETREAT (2012)

Location: Playa Herradura, Costa Rica

Dates: January 21 to 30, 2012

Guests: 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.

 

“I read the story to my dad, and he had no problem with it. Remember, please, that I said he looked good in his underpants. Whenever I write about my family, I start by getting their approval. I like to think I write about them with obvious affection.”– David Sedaris