Don’t Rush the Second Half of Your Book

Don't rush your ending!

It’s 6:30 on a Friday and I’m in college. I can hear the whoops and excited chatter in the common lounge of my friends and their friends. I’m sitting at my computer reminding myself that I had promised to finish this essay tonight so I could enjoy the weekend, but I’m only halfway through. Don’t […]

The Books that Changed Me

Books were an inciting incident for my religious deconstruction.

In 2021, I was given the diagnosis of religious trauma. I grew up in a Fellowship Baptist church and went to two different bible colleges. Since the diagnosis, I have begun the healing journey, and as part of that journey, I am writing a memoir. I have thought a lot about my past, and what […]

Wins From a Rejection

At the beginning of the year, I submitted to the CBC Nonfiction prize. I had never submitted to anything like it before, but it was important to me to do so. “Let them say no to you, don’t say no for them” is something I have to tell myself a lot. I’ve always been afraid […]

What Happened When I Told My Story

Tell your story

In late 2018, I decided to write a one-woman show. I had just come off a fairly successful run at Calgary Fringe, but there had been some actor issues. The top Fringe shows, I had noticed, were often single actor pieces with amazing stories. Pen to Paper – Literally So, I began to write. I […]