Story Mentor: The Shoe Project

The Shoe Project holds writing workshops and performances in which immigrant women tell their stories of arrival in, and adaptation to, a Canadian community through the lens of a pair of shoes.

Instructor: Adult Workshops and Courses

     Onsite Courses: Creative Writing II - U of C Cont Ed, 2006-2015

     Online Courses: Writing Short Fiction- U of C Cont Ed, 2014-2016

     Mentor: Creative Writing Final Project - U of C Cont Ed, 2014-2016

     Seminars: Getting Published - U of C, Cont Ed, 2008-2012

     Interdisciplinary workshops: Banff Centre Science Communications, 2011

     Conferences: Writers' Guild of Alberta conference - Blue Pencil 2013

     Events: Champions of Learning, 2011

2013 Writer in Residence for the Calgary Public Library

     Manuscript consultations, workshops, readings

     Presentations in Calgary, and at the Toronto Reference Library and Dalhousie University

Instructor: Youth Creative Writing Workshops

     Conferences: Foothills Young Author Conference, 2011, 2013, 2015

     Schools: Tom Baines Junior High, 2012, 2013

     Camps/retreats: Camp WordsWorth, Writers' Guild of Alberta, 2010

Volunteer Positions

     2019 - ongoing - Chair, Governance and Human Resources Committee for CADA

2018 - ongoing - Member, Board of Directors, Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA)

     2018 - ongoing - Member, steering committee, Calgary Distinguished Writers Program     

     2016-ongoing - Member at Large, FreeFall Literary Society 

     2015-16 - President and Chair, Writers' Guild of Alberta

2012-15 - Member, Board of Directors, Writers’ Guild of Alberta

     Past Juror - various literary awards in Canada and U.S.

     Past Editor - FreeFall Magazine


     M.A. (Creative Writing) - University of Calgary

     LL.B - Dalhousie Law School

     B.A. (English) - University of British Columbia