How I have embraced my Writing Life
For over 30 years, I have been summoning the courage and compassion to keep expressing my authentic voice as a writer. This has included nurturing my personal artistic process as well as cultivating many fertile creative collaborations.
Here’s some of the highlights:
In 1999, I wrote and starred in my first play Chelo, at the Summerstock Theatre Festival in Vancouver. The a few years later, I performed two one-woman shows, Ahava, Alive and Aloud (2005) and Ahava in Wonderland.(2006)
In 2010, I completed my PhD in Language & Literacy Education, where I developed Loving Inquiry.
I also produced my first spoken word CD, Love is Like This, after performing my poetry at bookstores, cafes, festivals and conferences across North America and Northern Europe for 15 years.
I hosted a one-hour weekly radio show called Love in the Afternoon on CFSI FM radio of Salt Spring Island. (2010-2013)
I started using the four practices of Writing Alone Together (Writing Freely, Reading Aloud, Listening Deeply & Bearing Witness) to mentor groups of young writers at Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS). The Writers’ Group has published three anthologies of our writing: Scattered Change, Paper Airplanes and Writers of the Square Table and is in the process of publishing our fourth. Click here to watch a short video about Creating a Safe Space through Writing Alone Together.
In 2014, I published Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, with my co-authors Lynda Monk and Wendy Judith Cutler.,ve after seven years of collaboration.
In 2017, I began an exciting new project called Home Words-Writing in Community, training new facilitators to create more Writing Alone Together groups on Salt Spring Island. This fabulous project is allowing us to reach out to populations who can benefit from the compassionate community-building cultivated through this transformative practice.
A partnership between the Salt Spring Arts Council and Connecting Generations, Home Words is being funded through a BC Arts Council “Arts-Based Community Development Grant” and through the Salt Spring Foundation.
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