Presentations For Adults

Teaching June

And I Quote…  

“I’ve never heard the concepts of conflict, character and story explained so neatly and convincingly.”  
StoryCraft participant

“You have such a talent for catching the small details as well as the big picture.”
Manuscript critique client.

Exceptionally engaging, knowledgeable and inspiring.”
Writing From Life student.



Sunday, March 19, 2 to 4pm.

Writing from Life
for the Royal City Literary Arts Society.  Members and non-members welcome.
Details at their website, along with other information about their activities.

Saturday, March 25, 1 to 3 p.m.
(On Zoom)

Story is at the very heart of human experience, and integral to fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and even some poetry. In this workshop you will explore the elements of story, and learn how to incorporate them into your own work to create compelling reading.

By donation – minimum $10 by eTransfer to (Please include your email address in the message field.)
Space is limited. Sat. March 25  1pm by Zoom. 
Proceeds of registration fees will be donated to Volunteer Nanaimo


I present in-person workshops through community centres, conferences, writing groups, etc.
And I also offering customized ZOOM presentations 
for writing groups, wherever in the world they are.
Contact me for information.



  • How We Talk and Write About What We Do – for the 2022 Volunteer BC BCACG Conference 
  • NOW AVAILABLE AS A FREE Zoom presentation to non-profit agency staff and volunteers (min. 6). Contact me for more information or to book the workshop.
  • Writing From Life for Vancouver Island Elder College
  • Down the Rabbit Hole – Writing for Children & Youth for Vancouver Island Elder College
  • Canadian Children’s Book Week virtual tour of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick
  • Vancouver Readers and Writers Festival ‘Writers in the Schools’ partipant
    Travel Writing for Vancouver Island Elder College
  • Writing Memoir Poetry for Writers on Fire Rejuvenate Your Creativity event.
  • ADVANCED Writing From Life for Vancouver Island Elder College
  • Writing From Life for a Pentiction Writers’ group
  • Getting the Word Out Communications workshop for Nanaimo YouthCan 2020
  • VIU Elder College – Writers’ Toolbox; Writing From Life
  • FREE Writer’s Zoom room online presentations: Reverse Outlining, Point of View, Developing Ideas, StoryCraft Summer 2020
  • 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, 2019
  • Reading 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 regular rates range from $150 – $600 per session depending on venue, number of participants, organization, travel time and other factors.

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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…