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Last week I sat down for a chat with Jessica Kluthe from Third Verb. I’ll be teaching Tell it with a Twist (memoir writing) this Thursday, September 29, for Third Verb, so we spoke about writing true stories and my book, Weaving a Malawi Sunrise. If you’re interested, you can still sign up by going to the Third Verb website. Here’s our conversation: What drew you to telling true stories? People’s stories are… Read More

In Tell It Slant, Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola describe the “hermit crab” essay: “This type of essay appropriates existing forms as an outer covering to protect its soft, vulnerable underbelly.” The shells are borrowed from fiction and poetry as well as common written ephemera such as recipes, social media, or lists. The contents are “tender.” Next week, I’ll be teaching a workshop on memoir writing where we’ll be exploring the use… Read More

I recently entered an online writing competition. The competition consists of four rounds over six months. The challenge is this: write a flash fiction story of 1000 words or less in 48 hours. The story must be within an assigned genre and setting and must contain an assigned element. This was my assignment: genre: Action/Adventure setting: Igloo element: a calculator Full disclosure: I’ve never written an action/adventure story — ever — and I… Read More

I’m a bit of a hippy. Not a pot-smoking, free-love sort of hippy, but the tree-hugging, we-are-all-connected sort. I believe strongly in the values of responsibility and compassion, not just social responsibility and compassion for my fellow humans but responsibility and compassion toward all living beings. Living in Edmonton has been rewarding at times and challenging at others. I’m part of a vibrant and growing writing community, and I live five minutes… Read More