I have earned my living as a professional freelance writer since 1999 and have been widely published regionally, nationally and internationally. I am also the author of the biography, Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka, an exploration of the life of one of our province’s pioneer advocates for nature and the environment.
I write about real life: creative non-fiction – mostly about nature, conservation and social justice, but I also enjoy writing about what makes people tick.
I have delivered creative writing, nature writing, character development, and journaling workshops to youth and adults of all ages, for conferences and retreats, within the prison system and in Haiti. I am able to customize a variety of writing workshops to fit with your curriculum, giving students have an opportunity to learn new techniques and play with words through a variety of themes.
I am a member of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, Professional Writers’ Association of Canada and the Writers’ Union of Canada.
Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka (Goose Lane 2010)
In Vino Veritas: How an Old German Tradition Became New Brunswick’s Windfall (2009) – This is the family business story of Winegarden Estates, New Brunswick’s first winery/distillery.
Super Seniors (Senior InterPress 2005) – submitted three short stories to this anthology on active seniors
I have written for the following regional, national and international publications: Saltscapes, Ignite, Canadian Wildlife, Nature Canada, Outdoor Canada, Acreage Life, Homemakers, Islands, Atlantic Salmon Journal, Golf Inc., Atlantic Business Magazine, Progress, CARP, Chamber Vision, Occasions Magazine, Atlantic Books Today, Atlantic Co-operator, Telegraph Journal, Moncton Times & Transcript, among others.
What I Offer
Creative Writing Workshops: With creative writing, we need few tools beyond a notebook and pen, and are limited only by our imaginations. I can provide workshops in nature writing (indoors or outdoors), personal journaling, creative wordplay for all ages, essays, story structure, creating strong characters, or interviewing skills.
Book Reading/Discussion: I can deliver a reading from my book, Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka, then speak about this inspiring woman’s life. Mary was one of our pioneering environmentalists. As an advocate for outdoor education, she took hundreds of students on outdoor field trips beginning in the early 1960s. Her TV show, “Have you Seen?” televised in the 60s-70s presented the mysteries and complexities of the natural world to a generation of young people. Despite having many tragedies and challenges to overcome, Mary remained true to her nature and served her community in a very grand way. This is a talk/discussion that will inspire teens who are struggling to find their identity or encountering adversity in their lives.
Social Discussions: I have taught writing to rural groups in Haiti and been involved with social and conservation issues here at home. I can deliver a talk and slideshow about my experiences in Haiti and tie this into the ways that we can involve ourselves in kindness/compassion or advocacy/activism work here at home.
Career Discussion: For older age groups, I could provide a discussion or Q&A on the life of a freelance writer. What is involved, how to get started, and the many ways in which writers might make a living.
Let’s talk about how I can fit my experiences with writing to enhance your curriculum.