|Short Description of Yourself||
Past President of WCYR | Elaine has had work published in a wide range of print and online publications. She currently resides in the greater Mount Albert area with her excellent new partner and two completely self-absorbed cats. Her first book is called Enough Already: Seven Yoga-Inspired Steps Toward Calm Amid Chaos. You can find her blog at http://www.jacksonyoga.ca.
|Writing Focus or Interests||
Short fiction, blogging, creative non-fiction, poetry
|Published Works and Recognitions||
Sylvia Ellen Hersch Memorial Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing
First place in the WCDR Amprosia Contest in 2013
First place, creative non-fiction in the Scugog Arts Literary Contest 2017
Enough Already: 7 Yoga-Inspired Steps for Calm Amid Chaos was published Nov 6, 2020
Elaine came to WCYR by way of a circuitous path. Always imaginative, she won first prize in the story competition at the Schomberg Fair at age 7. She wrote anonymously for her high school paper before becoming obsessed with social justice and well, boys. Her career path began with a BSc. in Occupational Therapy and she worked for many years as a visiting therapist with homecare. She secretly dreamed of returning to writing and thanks to a series of calamitous events (including a divorce, being poisoned in the Walkerton Water Disaster and being laid off not long afterward) she was able to return to school in 2003 and complete a BA in Creative Writing, and then an MA in English Literature. She currently works at several jobs—her favourite among these being as a teacher of yoga and meditation. She joined the WCYR in search of motivation as she finds it very hard to overcome her resistance to writing when there is no academic deadline or professor to be accountable to. She is a great believer in dreaming impossible dreams.
Elaine has had work published in Room Magazine, The Canadian Journal of Woman Studies, Metroland Newspapers, Look Local, two anthologies, and online. She currently resides in the greater Mount Albert area with her excellent new partner and two completely self-absorbed cats. You can find her writing at http://www.jacksonyoga.ca.