Writing Resources

Spark Your Story Programs

Spark Your Story

Designed as a creativity accelerator for life writers, SYS is a series of transformative online writing workshops scheduled to the end of June 2020 (with a self-study learning option in the works). Based on the Foundations of Story mini-course — a life writer’s guide to the creative process — each workshop includes pre-writing exercises, prompts, and journal reflections designed to tap your most potent material. Upcoming workshop themes include Where the Heart Is (April); The Bigger World (May); and Nature + The Spirit (June).

Spark Your Outlier Story

An outlier is someone or something that exists on the margins, set apart by what makes it unique. In this popular 6-week course we’ll explore the flash essay, prose poem, lyric essay, and hermit crab essay—forms ideal for crafting new, surprising, and innovative short-form memoir that readers (and editors) will love!

Spark Your Visual Story

The photo essay, concrete essay, pictorial essay, and paper craft essay combine textual and visual storytelling to create greater depth, meaning, and impact for the reader. In this exciting 6-week course on CNF forms inspired by visual art we’ll craft innovative personal narratives that bend—and blend—genres.

Creative writing instructor Nicole Breit.

I 'm Nicole Breit

  • Award winning poet and essayist residing on Canada’s gorgeous Sunshine Coast, the traditional territory of the Skwx̱wú7mesh people.
  • Creative writing teacher whose passion is to help writers discover new ways to shape their memories into well-crafted narratives.