I talk practical strategies for handling criticism, writer's block, rejection,
boredom, collaborations from hell, self-defeating habits, fear of failure
and fear of success, the balancing act between private and public selves
plus whatever comes up from the audience, in a lively question and answer
“Thank you for your delicious workshop. You
are a brave and wonderful Sister Goddess.” - L.G.
I have mentored writers through the Humber
School for Writers; Correspondence Program since 1995.
In addition, I occasionally mentor selected writers privately. My preferred
candidate is a mid-level or already-published fiction or memoir writer with
a partial manuscript or early draft. I offer specific and supportive feedback
on the substantive issues of structure, character development, style and
pacing. I do not offer copy-editing services.
I also consult on manuscripts and conduct writers' workshops through the
Toronto Writers' Centre.
“I couldn't have picked a more honest yet positive
mentor -- so right for me at this point in my writing. I will not soon,
if ever, forget our happy voyage together.” - E.S.
“It's difficult for me to convey the depth
of my appreciation for your encouragement and insight. I'm sure it's not
luck that I was paired with a mentor both compassionate and capable - that's
what I expected of the program. However, I do feel very fortunate to have
been paired with you in particular, and the existence of these drafts owes
much to your support. You were patient with my blocks but didn't damn me
with faint praise, and your assessment of my abilities means a great deal.
I'm leaving the program in a different frame of mind about what writing
means to me, and that is worth as much as the feedback or more. You knew
what to say and when to say it, and I'm very grateful for your words. With
heartfelt thanks,” - K. G-L
“Your suggestions are clear and incredibly helpful.
Your comments and feedback helped me to read my own work differently, and
now I am able to identify (and wince) when I find spots where I am definitely "telling"...
I also feel that I have the tools, thanks to your general comments, that
I will need for the next round of renovations. I am truly grateful for
this experience, and the expertise that you have lent. You provided constructive
feedback in a supportive way, which allowed me to remain feeling positive
while still understanding the work that needs to be done.” -
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