Presentations For Adults

And I Quote recent students from Writing From Life

           “The best course I have taken in 81 years!”
                   “Exceptionally engaging, knowledgeable and inspiring.”
          “I have written much more in the past six weeks than in the past six years.”

Teaching June

I present workshops for groups of six to 30 participants
through community centres, conferences, writing groups, etc.  

Contact me if you’d like a presentation customized for your writing group or business.


Here’s where I post links to a few handouts used in recent and current workshops, classes and presentations.

  • Vancouver Island University Elder College – Writing From Life course Jan 2020
    Lifeline Exercise: 2020 01 WFL Lifeline
  • Natalie Goldberg Writing Practise Rules
    A great way to get words on the page. I’ve used it as a way to get started on a new idea, ‘pin the butterfly’ of a germ to the page for later exploration, or  revision something that hasn’t worked in an earlier version. 2020 01 NG WP



  • Travel Writing – Tuesdays, Mar 3 – Apr 7, for Vancouver Island University Elder College – Nanaimo Campus


  • Marketing Your Writing – a fundraiser for Literacy Central Vancouver Island Feb 2020
  • Writing From Life  for the Vancouver Island University Elder College, Parksville (fall 2019) and Nanaimo (winter 2020)
  • Research Strategies for Fiction and Nonfiction – for the Federation of BC Writers Spring Festival, Nanaimo BC May 2-5 2019,
  • Read from My Alphabet Life (a teen novel in verse) at Vancouver’s Twisted Poets Literary Salon
  • Writing From Life: VIU Elder College at Parksville
  • People Watching: Characterization and Point of View for Port Moody Library
  • Using Desire to Fan the Flames of Fiction for SFU Southbank Writer’s Studio
  • Reverse Outlining for Port Moody Writers

I can develop a specific workshop to meet your needs, or offer the following:

  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Writing for children and teens
  • Fundraising in General and Grantwriting in Particular
  • Getting Started, Keeping Going: Motivation and craft skills for newer writers
  • Story, Plot and Theme: Strategies for getting to the heart of fiction and narrative nonfiction
  • Memoir – Your Story, Your Way
  • Research for writers
  • Reverse Outlining: A novel plotting tool
  • To Market, To Market: Tools and strategies to help you find the right home for your writing
  • The View From Here: Getting a grip on point of view
  • Words at Work: Effective writing skills for small business and non profits
  • Voice Lessons: Developing a distinctive voice in your fiction
  • Writing From Life: Using your own life experiences as ‘fodder’ for fiction, poetry and nonfiction
My rates range from $150 – $600 per session depending on venue, number of participants, organization, travel time and other factors.

Previous clients include: Vancouver Island University Elder College, York House School, Surrey School District 36, Simon Fraser University Southbank program; Surrey International Writers’ Conference; New West Lit Fest; Royal City Literary Society; University of BC Creative Writing Program; Mission Writers and Readers Festival…