A Conversation with Poet & Painter Susan Manchester

I am sitting with the poet and painter Susan Manchester in Java Joe’s in Bloor West Village. The walls of the coffee shop are lined with her paintings, some of which appear in her most recent book of poetry, To Stop Time. As we chat, a customer gets up to… Read more


Writing provides us with a unique window into other people’s lives. We are afforded the chance to experience another’s life vicariously. And if those others, whether the author or the characters, inhabit worlds quite different from ours, the experience is even more interesting. I feel lucky to have had a… Read more

Creating the Details

Writing memoir seems deceptively easy. We all know our own stories. And each of us has a unique voice. But memoir is not autobiography. The goal is not to start at the beginning and write your story from birth to the present. By definition, memoir focuses on a particular event… Read more

More on Character

In a previous post, “Writing the Back Story”, I talked about the benefit of writing a mini bio for a character. I was struggling with making characters come alive on the page. Here is part two. I am revisiting this subject because it is one of the most challenging for… Read more

Community Workshop

Kicking off our series of Outreach Workshops, join us for a hands-on creative writing workshop at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, an agency serving women in Toronto.

Spring Writing Practice

If you stepped outside today, Sunday April 12, in Toronto, you felt spring as a living, breathing, awakening force. The April air had a three dimensional quality I can best describe as joy. It suffused the faces of every person I encountered. It bubbled up and spilled over in laughter… Read more

Editing and Revision

I have been ruthlessly self-editing and revising this post. I broke one of my own rules by not allowing myself the luxury of free writing for as long as necessary to get all of my ideas and thoughts down on paper where I could then rearrange and rewrite and come… Read more

Upcoming Community Workshops

Our year of Sister Writes outreach workshops continues with four upcoming events for women in the community.  Cindy, Donna, Clarissa, and T1B1, who are also members of the program, facilitate. Expect fun and inspiring writing prompts, hands-on activities and discussions, and writing tips to jump-start your creative process. April 21,… Read more

Are you Waiting or Writing?

I am writing this post from Southwest Florida. I am working. I am caring for a dear friend who is 85 years young. His determination to live fully despite dealing with Alzheimers, makes my heart swell. Here in this tropical place, life, lush and loud, is on 24 hour display. Everything… Read more