Lately, I feel as though my life has gone into overdrive! Despite all the busyness, I've been trying to give myself the chance to slow down, reflect, and focus on the priorities that feel truly important. Here are some of the exciting things I've been up to:
* This fall, I'm teaching Introduction to Creative Writing and mentoring a student on her capstone project at the University of Guelph. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with a group of talented, enthusiastic writers!
* My community arts project, InkWell Workshops, received funding from the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council to run a one-year pilot project. We've partnered with Routes to deliver free, drop-in weekly writing workshops for adults with mental-health and addictions issues. It has been a great privilege to be welcomed into this community!
* I'll be reading at No One Writes to the Colonel on Thursday, November 3, 2016 as part of the launch for Leesa Dean's Waiting for the Cyclone. The evening's theme is Women Behaving Badly. Expect fellow nasty women writers Becky Blake, Nancy Jo Cullen, and Ms. Dean herself to take the stage for short readings. The fun begins at 7 p.m. and all are welcome.
* My short story "Masada," from my collection All the Shining People, and a new essay, "The Time That Remains," will be appearing in The New Quarterly in early 2017. Please keep an eye out for them!