Upcoming Events

The Neurodivergent Publishing Conference

Presenter & Co-Founder
February 16 – 18, 2024
Cost: $35 USD

Picking a POV that Pops! If you use the same POV for every story because stepping into the unknown has you mired in narrative distance, limits of perception, biases, and objectivity, take my hand. I’ll demystify the jargon of narrative point of view, then guide your deep dive into the qualities and characteristics of first-, second-, and third-person points of view so the next POV you pick, pops. [ Get your tickets. ]

Monthly Writers’ Workshop

1st Wed. of every month @ 6 – 8pm
Cost: Free

In partnership with Spinal Cord Injury BC, I lead a virtual writers’ workshop. This group is a cozy place for disabled writers to take turns sharing our writing and learning how to give and receive productive feedback.

All bodies and brains encouraged! Join.

Autistic Writers’ Workshop

2nd Wed. of every month @ 6 – 8pm
Cost: Free

Fellow autistic, and mental health self-advocate Wendy Cooper and I wanted a place where we could talk about writing with other autistics. So, we started an autistics-only writers’ group.

Are you an autistic writer? Register here.

SCI BC Weekly Book Club

Every Monday @ 6 – 7pm
Cost: Free

In partnership with Spinal Cord Injury BC, I host a weekly virtual book club. We read titles of all sorts (usually via audiobook), an hour at a time, and then get together once a week to dive a little deeper into the text.

All brains and bodies encouraged! Join.

Vancouver Public Library
Blue Pencil Sessions

Cost: Free

Need an expert opinion on how to take your writing project to the next level? Sign up for a free 30-minute ‘blue pencil’ editing session with a member of the B.C. Branch of Editors Canada and get feedback on your writing. Register.

Past Events

Revising Your Short Story: The Quick and Dirty DIY

Manitoba Writers’ Guild
Nov 9, 2023 @ 5 pm (PST)
Cost: Free for Guild members

Over the course of this 40-minute presentation, she will outline each phase of the editing process and the key elements for short story development. She will provide exercises and tools you can use to address common problems and polish your manuscript prior to sending it off to a contest or a publisher.

2023 Editing Skills for Self-Advocates: Four Part Series

in partnership with Autism BC
Jan 30 – Developing Your Ideas
Apr 17 – Organizing Your Content
Jul 18 – Honing Your Writing Style
Oct 10 – Navigating Writing Rules
Cost: Free

New and seasoned writers are welcome to come and learn about taking a piece of writing from first draft to publication.

How to Write a Story: A Weekend Writing Retreat

in partnership with SCI BC
Jul 28 – Jul 30, 2023
Cost: Free

Have you always wanted to write a story but need help figuring out where to start? Or maybe you have a great scene or real-to-you character that you’d like to write into a story but don’t know how. Great news! SCI BC is hosting How to Write a Story, a creative writing workshop to help you write a story from beginning to end, all during a single weekend.

Neurodiversity Inclusion Seminar

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Creative Writing Department
Sep 22, 2023 at 8:00 – 11:30 am
Private Seminar

In this department-wide seminar you will learn about the neurodivergent perspective from a neurodivergent person, gain skills for integrating the neurodivergent perspective into the way you instruct, and establish relationships with each other to help troubleshoot students’ needs together in the future.

Editing Skills for Self-Advocates

in partnership with Autism BC
May 6, 2022 at 6:30 – 8:00pm
Cost: Free

New and seasoned writers are welcome to come and learn about taking a piece of writing from first draft to publication. We will cover: how to undermine the imposter, writing skills for the self-advocate, self-advocacy skills for the writer, and the revision checklist.

Revision for Writers 101

April 7, 2022 @ 6 – 8:30pm
in partnership with Technology for Living
Cost: Free

Peers on Pages is a virtual, peer-led writers’ workshop hosted by Monica Gartner in partnership with Technology for Living. This week, I was invited to share some tips and tricks for writers getting their work ready for submission and publication.

Creative Writing 101

Feb 19 & 20, 2022 @ 2 – 5pm
Cost: Free

In this six-hour weekend workshop you will learn a little bit about all the stages of the writing process:

  • four ways to get your ideas on paper
  • the importance of a shitty first draft
  • the difference between writing and revision
  • what to do with a finished piece.

All brains and bodies encouraged.

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