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With good wishes,


Going Under the Words is Sold Out…But if you are interested, please check in later in September, for workshops at SFU and/or for private mentorship. 

Going Under the Words: Writing Fiction and Memoir — June 2-7th, 2017.

I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the hugely talented and diverse team of Hollyhock teachers and mentors this year, teaching a 5 day course called “Going Under the Words” on Cortes Island, British Columbia.

“Creating fiction and memoir is part craft, part mystery. Discover ways to shuck the skin of your words, to find the beating heart. Connect with your voice, and wind drama and action into your writing’s DNA. Experience the creative thrill of going deeper.”

Here is the link to the Hollyhock on-line catalogue.

During our time together, discover:

How to connect with the power of your individual voice; the deep creativity of revision; how to use surface clues to find symbols, which can point to the underlying meaning of your work; the excitement of weaving conflict, action and power into your work’; how to structure your work organically; how to sustain a writing life.

Here are a few pictures of the Hollyhock grounds. Including the restful garden (a great place to write — I wrote my story” Oh, My Darling” under the apple tree, four years ago!); and the extraordinary view onto Desolation Sound and Georgia Strait.

As well as participating in the course, Hollyhock participants have access to a waterfront hot tub, exquisite vegetarian meals, walks in the forest, kayaking, early morning yoga, bodywork, and being on one of the most beautiful, unspoiled wild places in British Columbia. There are usually two or three other programs happening at the same time, so there is lots of creative cross-fertilization.

I hope you’ll consider joining me for this intensive creative time.

Scholarships are available. Telephone Hollyhock at: 1-800-933-6339 x 232.


Buy Books

To buy Shaena's books, visit one of the online retailers below:

Amazon (Canada)
Oh, My Darling
(advance orders)

The Falling Woman

Amazon (USA)

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (Germany)
Die fallende Frau