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Read editor’s interview with me in Persephone’s Daughters

It was a delight to discuss my memoir, the #MeToo Movement, toxic masculinity, forgiveness, and more with Meggie Royer, editor of the feminist publication Persephone’s Daughters. Meggie asked me if I felt comfortable using the term “toxic masculinity” and I said yes. Since then, I’ve learned that it can alienate some men. To me, it…

Author grateful for Coast Reporter coverage and book launch presence
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Author grateful for Coast Reporter coverage and book launch presence

Many thanks to Michael Gurney, Coast Reporter arts and culture writer, for introducing me at the April 15 launch of my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket. He provided insightful Q&A questions and I appreciated his understanding and sensitivity. About 50 people attended the event, held at Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, expressing gratitude and…

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Online memories shared regarding my Ubyssey editing days

What influence did university journalism and the UBC student newspaper The Ubyssey have on my life and career? I explain, and reminisce, in a new online series of Q&As, part of the Hundred Year Trek project. (The Great Trek was a huge event in Vancouver, BC in 1922, whereby hundreds of students, supported by many…

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Heather Conn profile: hospice volunteer

Some people could never imagine offering comfort as a bedside companion to a stranger who is dying. Or sitting in an all-night vigil for someone’s final hours. In hospice training, we learn that compassion, deep listening, acceptance, and non-judgment are core traits needed to remain truly present with those who are dying or grieving a…

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Register now for my new Oct. 5 course on writing historical nonfiction

Have you always wanted to write a family history but felt overwhelmed? Thought of writing a memoir but didn’t know how to start? Would you like to document the highlights of your organization’s past? I’ll be sharing both practical and inspirational tips — and how to avoid research pitfalls — in my new Vancouver School…

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Join me in a Victoria, BC panel “Writing Past Fear: Trauma, Taboos, and Finding a True Voice”

What are the challenges of writing about trauma, whether it’s sexual abuse, incest, or a life-altering illness? How do you connect with others through a personal story of crisis? These are some of the topics to be addressed next month at an event I’m co-hosting. Manitoba author Donna Besel and I are presenting a panel discussion…