We write alone. But, not really. Since I began writing poetry and creative nonfiction for publication about 15 years ago, I’ve found moral support and inspiration from a number of communities including The Banff Centre writing programs, local writing groups, a low residency graduate group, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan writers’ organizations, two Abbeys (SK and NB), and close writer friends, among others. As Poet Laureate of Halifax, I organized Wordfishing, a youth group writing poetry, fiction, and music. They produced a polished CD of spoken word and original songs. (Contact me if you’d like a copy). Many of these talented youth have since gone on to publish their own work and bring their songwriting to a wider audience. In 2009, I was awarded a Women of Excellence award by the Halifax Progress Club for my work in the arts community. Some of the communities I am (or have been) involved with include the following:

  • Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (member and board member, 2014-)
  • Creative Nonfiction Collective (member)
  • Second Story Women’s Centre (board)
  • Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (longtime member, workshop leader, former board member (2006-2009))
  • Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (longtime member, workshop leader)
  • MFA Program in creative nonfiction (University of King’s College, 2013-)
  • Turtle Island women writers
  • In the Field low residency program in poetry and philosophy (2004-2006)
  • League of Canadian Poets (Atlantic Representative, 2003-2005)
  • Random Acts of Poetry (2004, 2005)
  • Banff Writing Studio (2001, 2004)

I’ve written about the importance of a healthy writing community in my collection of essays, Threading Light, 2011). Happy to send you a copy; just email me at writinglorri@yahoo.com.