This special guest series took place from December 2020 – May 2021
TRUTH OR RUT? Playful self-inquiry with the innate magic of everyday words with Marina Dempster
Informed by the patterns and cycles of nature, Marina Dempster’s craft is a transmutation of materials, thoughts and emotions. Loop by loop, bead by bead, she explores human paradoxes: comfort and discomfort, stillness and action, acceptance and change.
Marina Dempster is a sculptural fibre artist who makes contemporary objects employing traditional craft techniques. Her playful and vibrant installations are a celebration of the human imagination, showing that renewal and growth are encouraged when a personal practice is conducted in a communal context.
Exhibited internationally in more than a dozen art museums, Dempster was among the artists chosen to represent the ‘Unity & Diversity’ of contemporary Canadian craft at The Cheoungju International Biennale.
Cecilia Moorcroft Life Coach and Clutter Coach with over 17 years experience helping women move from paralyzing perfectionism to empowered action through her groups, workshops and one-on-one work. She has facilitated groups at CBC, The University Health Network and The University of Toronto on clutter clearing, meditation and self-care as well as helping hundreds of participants clear mountains of clutter through her “F Clutter” online programs. Her warm and empathetic style helps give women the confidence they need to make real and lasting change in their lives. You can find Cecilia at www.spaceforlife.ca.
Amy Bowers is a transplant to New England from Florida. She stays busy ferrying her three teens all over Connecticut, writing about vernacular photos and backyard murders, and trying to make the perfect pot pie. She used to blog at Mama Scout and has been leading online labs in a creative writing lab for the last ten years.
She completed her MFA in CNF at Bennington and has recent or forthcoming pieces in [PANK], Centered, and the LA Review of Books. Her essay Manual is forthcoming (Fall 2021) in A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays, edited by Randon Billings Noble and published by the University of Nebraska Press.
Elana Moscovitch was a participant in the first incarnation of “Write on Mama” — “Writing Through the Twilight Zone”, which started out at The Depanneur on College Street in 2012. She wrote her birth story and the poem ‘Twilight Zone’ during that session. Since then, she has taken several Creative Nonfiction writing classes through the School of Continuing Studies where she learned to write personal essays, memoir and opinion pieces and pitch articles to local newspapers. She also took creative writing courses at Firefly, through George Brown College and Creative Non-Fiction online courses. She writes about Jewish and queer identity, family, parenting and issues related to gender and being a queer family. She has published short essays and pieces in Tablet, the Canadian Jewish News, The Toronto Star, CBC Parent, Teach magazine, Today’s Parent and The Jewish Women’s Archive. She is working on poetry and children’s fiction as well as continuing to write creative non-fiction. Elana will be talking about her writing process and share some ‘borrowed’ prompts for creating the first page of a graphic novel.
Pre-register here: https://writeonmama.com/events/
“We’ll write to our anxiety and to the coziness in our lives. Through a series of writing prompts, we’ll invite them both in for tea.” Nina K Moore.
Nina K Moore is a Toronto-based Anxiety Coach. Her mission is to help others better understand, minimize, prevent—and thrive with—their anxiety. Nina’s work is based on her extensive teaching background as well as her lived experience of learning to live—well—with an anxiety disorder. Writing is, for her, a sacred tool for wellness.
Pre-Register here : https://www.ninakmoore.com/writing-workshops
“Picture books are short, but they can be intimidating to write. Never fear: In this hour-long seminar with writer Jaclyn Desforges, you’ll learn how to apply techniques from other genres to writing picture books. Whether you’re a poet, a novelist, or completely new to the writing world, this session will offer the guidance you need to get started.”
Jaclyn Desforges is the author of a picture book, Why Are You So Quiet? (Annick Press, 2020), and a forthcoming poetry collection with Palimpsest Press. She is an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, and her writing has been featured in literary magazines across Canada. She’s currently writing a book of short stories with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
“Picture books are short, but they can be intimidating to write. Never fear: In this hour-long seminar with writer Jaclyn Desforges, you’ll learn how to apply techniques from other genres to writing picture books. Whether you’re a poet, a novelist, or completely new to the writing world, this session will offer the guidance you need to get started.”Edit “Home”