Conjoined twins: art, emotion and the process of creation

Twelve years ago when I was having chronic issues with my knee and back, I visited an orthopaedic specialist. At the start of the the session, he bewildered me by asking which of the two areas I’d like to focus on. After months of waiting for the appointment, I was taken aback. Isn’t the knee […]

The enemy of good writing

“Last, perfectionism is not a way to avoid shame. Perfectionism is a function of shame.”  ― Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Dear Women, Perfectionism is the enemy of good writing. It’s a savage problem clothed in a pretty word. So many women writers grapple with this issue, and it’s […]

“The woman who stayed silent”

What are you not writing about? What is vital yet unspoken, what silently underscores your daily thoughts and habits, what drives you and your choices, yet goes unexpressed?  When we use our notebooks to reflect our shadow-sides — the unnamed and unclaimed parts of ourselves that we keep buried — we free great truths and […]

Fear-Free Writing

The most common obstacle standing between a woman and her words is fear.  Fear of writing poorly, fear of self-criticism, fear of public ridicule, fear of familial judgement, fear of not being able to express ourselves in a manner congruent to our internal sense.  Our fears are real, they trigger huge internal dilemmas, and they […]

Introducing the Women’s Writing as Healing Sisterhood!

Vancouver Women’s Writing Courses now has a Facebook group!  The Women’s Writing as Healing Sisterhood is a place for women to connect wth each other about their writing processes and healing journeys. These two phenomena are often deeply intertwined. We write for the joy of creating and also to hear ourselves, soothe our pain and […]

Pandemic poet-in-a-garret

I wrote this article for CBC Arts on my experience of being a single, childless poet living alone in an attic during the pandemic. Read it to get sense of your facilitator at work and at play! I managed to weave in a supportive moment during an Online Women’s Writing as Healing workshop, the story […]

Introducing Head + Heart!

This guest post is by Monica Krake, the founder of Head + Heart, a wonderful resource for spiritual, wellness and socially conscious events that I have recently discovered. I’d like to introduce you to Head + Heart, an important resource for the wellness and spiritual world! Head + Heart connects people with all of the spiritual, wellness […]

The incredibly healing practice of writing

In a classroom in a residential treatment centre in east Vancouver, fifteen people in various stages of recovery sit rapt, as one of their peers reads aloud a personal story he has just written. His hands are shaking, and he is holding back tears. The man has never written before, but his lyrical turns of […]