Quill & Quire
An innovative approach to a timeless subject.
A powerful debut, audacious for what it attempts, impressive for how well it succeeds.
The Georgia Straight
Equal parts suspense and adventure.
A stunning mosaic.
Life is an adventure! Creative writing helps make sense of it AND design the future.
I teach creative writing the way I wish I'd been taught: with an emphasis on thoughtful reflection, self-compassion, curiosity, kindness, enjoyment, ease, and above all, FUN.
My purpose is to inspire writers and creators like you to move past blocks and fears and express yourself fully. Self-expression is healing, energizing and worthwhile no matter the outcome. I believe the world needs your authentic voice and truth now more than ever. It’s time to remember who you are, and join the chorus.
My first novel is Circle of Stones (Dundurn Press, 2015). I now have three other books at various stages of completion. I've performed my work at literary readings and festivals across Canada. My short stories, articles and essays have appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt, Joyland, Quill & Quire, NOW Magazine, Canada's Walk of Fame Commemorative Magazine, Canadian Art and elsewhere. I'm a contributing editor for beloved literary magazine Taddle Creek and I've written for and produced award-winning digital TV and film co-productions and narrative games.
I grew up on Vancouver Island and studied journalism and literature in Ottawa. Then I lived in Toronto where I worked, wrote, played bass in fun indie bands and travelled often to Montreal and New York City. After years of exploring I returned home to the west coast at the end of 2018. I now live and write in Vancouver with a view of the North mountains.
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