Presentations For Adults

Teaching June

And I Quote…  

“I’ve never heard the concepts of conflict, character and story explained so neatly and convincingly.”
Recent StoryCraft participant
“You have such a talent for catching the small details as well as the big picture.”
Picture book manuscript critique client.
“The best course I have taken in 81 years!”
“Exceptionally engaging, knowledgeable and inspiring.” 


One-hour online one-on-one instruction and discussion.


Crafting your memoir  |  Writing effective scenes – for fiction and memoir

Developing an Idea  |  Writing for Children and YAs 

Elements of Editing  |  Tricky, Slippery ‘Show vs. Tell’ | Writing From Life

Manuscript consultation

Contact me to request other topics

  • More information here.

Information, instruction, motivation.

In pre-COVID times, I presented workshops for groups of six to 30 participants
through community centres, conferences, writing groups, etc.
and online.



  • Writer’s Zoom room online presentations: Reverse Outlining, Point of View, Developing Ideas, StoryCraft – June/July 2020
  • Travel Writing – Tuesdays, Mar 3 – Apr 7, for Vancouver Island University Elder College
  • 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…