Gibsons book sales and signing Dec. 5

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I will be signing and selling books at Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons on Saturday, Dec. 5 from noon to 2 p.m. Look for my author banner and display table outside the Windows on the Water Gallery. The following sale items will be available:

  • Vancouver’s Glory Years hardcopy book
  • Gracie’s Got a Secret picture book
  • Emails from India anthology
  • Raincoast Chronicles 22 anthology.

Please note that the finger puppets of animals featured in my Gracie book are SOLD OUT.

If you can’t make it Dec. 5, the Gallery carries my books and DVD A New Way: An Organic Garden Changes Lives. Hope to see you there.

Book sales & signing Nov. 28 at Roberts Creek Legion

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I’ll be selling and signing my books on Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Roberts Creek Legion’s Christmas Craft Fair. You can choose from two anthologies, a photo history book, and my picture book Gracie’s Got a Secret. I’ll also have copies of the 20-minute DVD A New Way, which Ivy Miller and I created, my photo cards of the rare white kermode bear, and SoulCollage(R) cards on display.

The fair, held at 3064 Lower Road in Roberts Creek, BC, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature wandering minstrels, food by Dylan, a 2 p.m. visit with Santa, and a raffle package. Lots of free parking available. It’s a fun, family event so come on by. 

My collage No Regrets, Coyote in juried show

I’m delighted to have my mixed-media collage No Regrets, Coyote in the current Joni-Mitchell-themed art exhibition in Gibsons. The juried show called Both Sides Now runs Nov. 12 to Dec. 6 at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery.

Joni Mitchell, who lives half the year on the Sunshine Coast, had planned to attend the event but could not, due to her recent aneurism and stroke. Instead, her manager sent a signed poster featuring three of Joni’s self-portraits. This is the first thing that Joni has signed since her stroke, she said.

Check out the gallery’s website for more information regarding music and poetry events related to the show.

Word Vancouver contest winner announced

The winner of my free two-hour editorial consultation is Tanja Scott. She wants to write about father-daughter relationships in the Balkans. I look forward to working with Tanja and helping her make her writing and publishing dreams come true.

Many thanks to all who entered my contest at this year’s Word Vancouver event outside the downtown public library on Sunday, Sept. 27.

I enjoyed hearing everyone’s writing dreams and encourage you all to pursue them. Don’t let rejections stop you; they’re a normal part of the process.

Remember: I offer free 15-minute phone consultations, so please feel free to contact me if you’d like some ideas on a writing project. I also providing one-on-one writing coaching and mentoring.

Register now for my new Oct. 5 course on writing historical nonfiction

Have you always wanted to write a family history but felt overwhelmed? Thought of writing a memoir but didn’t know how to start? Would you like to document the highlights of your organization’s past?

I’ll be sharing both practical and inspirational tips — and how to avoid research pitfalls — in my new Vancouver School of Writing workshop Writing History: Passions, Pitfalls & the Process (Non-Fiction).

This is a 90-minute to 2-hour LIVE and LIVE VIRTUAL course so you can be in class or have access to it anywhere and ask the instructor questions. Can’t make the date? All Vancouver School of Writing workshops are recorded; you can receive a link to view the course later, or access it in a few weeks in our archive of courses.

Here’s just some of what you’ll learn:
• Posing questions you don’t have the answers to
• Researching: where and how
• Getting beyond myths and stereotypes
• Handling conflicting opinions and sensitivities
• Making smart choices for structuring
• Discovering the hidden stories

The class begins at 6:30 PST in downtown Vancouver. Cost is $59 + GST.

To register and for more information, see Vancouver School of Writing.

Join me Oct. 3 in Burnaby for FLOURISHING IN YOUR FAITH: A SOULCOLLAGE EXPLORATION

Life’s challenges can sometimes bring fear and doubt. How do you sustain your faith, allowing it to flourish? What symbols or metaphors represent your faith journey: e.g. a mighty rock, flowing river or immovable mountain? What does faith look and feel like for you? Who or what tests or strengthens it?

Please note that as a non-denominational activity, SoulCollage® is respectful of all faiths and cultures.
Come explore and celebrate your faith in a fun, hands-on creative process sponsored by the Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Burnaby. Trained SoulCollage® Facilitator Heather Conn will introduce you to the principles of SoulCollage® and help you create at least one 5×8 collage card that honours your contemplative process. Brentwood’s Minister Brian Fraser will assist at the event.

No art experience necessary. All supplies provided. Participants are welcome to bring paper images that hold personal meaning or significance and use them in their collage process.

Pre-registration and a non-refundable deposit of $25 are required to hold a space. Maximum number of participants: 16. You can register online using PayPal. See Sunshine Coast SoulCollage and use the first Pay Now button on the page.

Workshop details:
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$50 (please bring a bag lunch)
Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 1640 Delta Avenue, Burnaby
Phone: 604.291.7017
Email: info@brentwood

For more information, please call Heather Conn at 604-886-6520 or 1-800-601-5611.

Meet the Author Sept. 27 at Word Vancouver

Look for me outside the downtown Vancouver Public Library on Sunday, Sept. 27 at the annual Word Vancouver event. I’ll have a Meet the Author banner and a display table with all of my books for sale, including anthologies that feature my writing, such as Emails from India and Raincoast Chronicles 22.

Win a chance for a free two-hour consultation with me regarding your next book or other writing dream. I’ll have details at the event.

April 18 workshop FROM GODDESS TO GAIA

I’m pleased to be hosting a new workshop FROM GODDESS TO GAIA:
Celebrate the Divine Feminine with SoulCollage(R)
on Saturday, April 18 at a private home in Gibsons.

This workshop, held from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., is open to anyone who wants to explore her deeper, feminine self. All materials are provided. We’ll briefly cover Gaia and goddesses from a variety of cultures and religions, including Kali/Durga of Hinduism, Tara and Kuan Yin from Buddhism, and Mary and the Black Madonna from Christianity.

Cost is $49 with GST. Please contact me to register and for address details. The workshop is limited to eight women.

April 15 Hospice workshop INTRODUCTION TO SOULCOLLAGE(R)

I’m honoured to introduce SoulCollage(R) on April 15 to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. I’ll be hosting a private workshop from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society.

This will provide an opportunity for people to grieve the loss of their loved one in a creative way in a supportive atmosphere. All materials are provided.

For those who feel like they need additional support, the hospice offers an informal eight-week bereavement support group. Volunteers will also visit people in their homes as an attentive and objective listening ear.

I’ve been a hospice volunteer since 2012 and feel honoured to be a part of this community service.

3-day workshop WRITING SHORT DOCUMENTARIES AND DRAMAS

Had a great time April 7-9 at the Powell River Digital Film School 
teaching high school students how to write short documentaries and dramas. They pitched film ideas for a three-minute profile, and school director Tony Papa and I critiqued them.

I screened a variety of short videos, from mockumentaries to Academy-award-winners. Lots of stimulating ideas, discussions, and content. I love film as a story-telling genre!