My inner critic, the mean girl who loves to disparage and undermine, was pushing me to get a haircut. “Your hair is a curly mess,” she shouted one hot, humid morning as I stood in front of the bathroom mirror. Maybe so, but I had a good excuse. Aldo, my… Read more
Writing is like solving a puzzle. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. I was one of those kids who loved jumbo puzzle books; the ones that looked like colouring books but were filled with crosswords, mazes, word searches and connect the dots. I’ve always liked jigsaw… Read more
A new and updated website for Sister Writes launched today, with improved navigation, a virtual exhibition gallery, extensive program information, and gorgeous illustrations by Meredith Sadler.
A sadness plays at the edges of my heart. It is a kind of grief. I am watching my Dad struggle with the frustrating effects of Lewy Body Dementia. He is always on my mind. Last week he landed in hospital up north. A recent bout of pneumonia, coupled with… Read more
When the music slowed, we stepped into each others arms. He held me like a man confident on his dancing feet. I swayed with him in a rhythm I seemed to know by instinct, a rhythm I could feel rising from my feet and rolling up through my body. I remember… Read more
When she said, “I’m working on my fourth novel,” I felt a stab of envy that made me squirm uncomfortably in my seat.Up to that point I had been enjoying the calm atmosphere of the workshop and the author’s guided free writes that had us paying attention to our bodies… Read more
Have you ever been told you’re “too emotional” or “you talk too much” or “you need to calm down”? If so, I’m here to encourage you to let your voice be heard. Write your heart out and don’t hold anything back. This is not the time to stay quiet. The… Read more
I don’t like New Years’ resolutions but I do enjoy reading “best of” lists at this time of year. So, here are my top five writing tips. Please read these with a glass of wine in one hand and a decadent, calorie-laden treat in the other! Schedule weekly writing time.… Read more
“The Art of Writing” was Sister Writes’ magazine launch and art show at Black Cat Gallery in Toronto. With a brand new magazine launching, original photography by Kate Schneider, and a community writing workshop with guest author Farzana Doctor, we have lots of events for you to enjoy.
I feel like a walking Christmas tree. My emotions, like bright shiny ornaments, are on display for all to see. My fingers and toes are tingling and sensitive to the touch, like the prickly branches of a fragrant pine. I cry easily. Strolling through the Toronto Christmas Market I see… Read more