This course will focus on creative techniques for writing true stories about our recovery journeys. By looking at published examples of memoir and essays, participants will develop their voices and the writing tools at their disposal in a supportive, safe, and welcoming environment. Each week, there will be time for writing, sharing, and discussion about the particular challenges of memoir writing. We will also explore the importance of self-care and mindfulness practices when delving into personal material. This course is hosted by InkWell Workshops and is open to all women, trans men, and non-binary people -- regardless of previous writing experience.

Kathy Friedman studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia and the University of Guelph, and she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Grain, Geist, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, and Canadian Notes & Queries. Her first collection of short stories, All the Shining People, will be published in April 2022 with House of Anansi Press. Kathy is the co-founder and artistic director of InkWell Workshops. She lives in Toronto.