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, November 19, 2 to 4 pm. tbc
for the Royal City Literary Arts Society. More info coming soon at the RCLAS website.
Explore skills and strategies for delving into your experiences, preferences and preoccupations for ‘germs’ for fiction, nonfiction, memoir and poetry.

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…