Writing Workshops


Since 1986 I’ve given many writing and song writing workshops, mostly in elementary and high schools. I served as a writer-in-residence (two and three weeks full-time) during the early 90′s for Eastend School and Fox Valley School Division. Much more recently I had a wonderful experience doing a three-week residency at St. Michael School here in Saskatoon (Fall 2005) and then a four-month (part-time) residency at Brunskill School (Spring 2009). For more information on my work in schools, please see School Presentations.

I’ve given numerous workshops for adults who are writing at a beginner or intermediate level and would love to do more workshops with Saskatchewan writing groups. Funding is available through the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. I’m happy to give feedback on short stories, songs or poems, and enjoy talking about the creative process in more general terms. (See the Creative Life page.)

Descriptions of a few adult workshops I’ve offered in the past can be found here.

Please contact me directly about writing workshops.

Here’s information about Saskatchewan Writers Guild workshops in Prince Albert and Saskatoon this coming fall:

How to Give an Effective Reading

feedback from previous workshops

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Margo Fournier Centre, 1211 1st Ave W, Prince Albert

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

First Nations University, 226 20th St. Rm 107, Saskatoon


SWG members $60; non-members $75

Limit per workshop: 10

Please contact SWG directly to register.

For some of us, reading our work aloud is a wonderful, fulfilling experience for which we have the knack. For others, it’s a torturous, nerve-wracking event that must be endured in order to sell our books. And then some of us sense we’re doing “okay” but lack the feedback required to give a really great reading.

This workshop is designed for writers in the last two categories. The first half of the program will cover the elements of an effective reading and practical ideas for improving presentation skills. During the second half participants will read briefly from their writing, receive constructive feedback, and have the opportunity to practise the suggested changes for the benefit of themselves and the group.

Saskatchewan Writers Guild