Writing Practice: How to Improve Your Writing and Your Creativity by Practising Writing
November 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Writing practice, like practising the piano, brings our skill levels up and teaches us attention to detail but it also gives us confidence, gets rid of writer’s block, and makes our writing richer by accessing areas of our brain that are often locked down.
Why is it we expect a violinist to practice for hours but think we can just sit down and go? Even experienced writers find the water of the well of writing practice cool and refreshing, sharpening their work and nimbling their fingers.
Join Vicki and let her put you through your paces, reminding you why you write. Bring a pen that writes fast and smooth and a note pad, one that isn’t too special to fill with words that may not be perfect.
“This is the first time I’m doing this on zoom so expect some glitches and some magic. Anything can happen.”
Workshop will be via Zoom, Sunday, November 26, 2020 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Pre-registration ends November 23, 2020. Please register below. Instructions for logging into Zoom will be sent the week before the meeting. Be sure to click on + to add a ticket before clicking on “Get Ticket” below. The workshop is FREE for WCYR and WCDR members.
Vicki Pinkerton wrote and illustrated her first novel at the age of 8. It had a print run of one and was gifted to an elderly artist who spent time encouraging her to create. Writing has always been an over-arching theme in her life. She wrote personal essays, stories and journal entries by the bookcase. She took creative writing courses from high school through to university until one of her writing profs at York University said, “You know enough. Write already.” And so she does.
She published her first book in 2012, a memoir of sorts, “Reflections on the Road,” and is currently in the final editing process with a book she has co-written with her daughter.
She began encouraging other writers through writing practise 30 years ago and did her Amherst Writers and Artists Certification in 2014. Since then she has been midwifing writing in that method with many groups – general population writers, seniors, the indigenous peoples of the far North in Canada, and many more. She’s also on the AWA board of is also of the trainers doing AWA certification in Canada.
Her life coaching experience means that Vicki helps her participants understand their life stories so they can become fully themselves. One thing we learn in this business is no matter what our genre, our writing is about us and in that, becomes universal so we can write successfully for others.
If you find yourself in a room with Vicki, you are likely to hear her say, “If you write, you’re a writer,” or, “Keep writing!”
She says, nothing has shaped her life like writing, and she hopes it is shaping yours too.