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

Amazon (Canada)
Oh, My Darling
The Falling Woman

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Amazon (UK)

Amazon (Germany)
Die fallende Frau

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Teaching & Mentoring

I mentor fiction writers and memoir writers, and offer manuscript critiques and evaluations of novels, short stories and memoirs on a freelance basis. If you are interested, please drop me a line to find out rates. My feedback varies on manuscript evaluations, but usually covers: conflict, structure, pacing, dialogue, characters and setting — with concrete suggestions to deepen, hone, and revise your book, and take it to completion. (Please note: Until 2018 I am taking on very few new writers, as I am working to complete my own novel in progress.)

Robe of Many Colours

Mentoring, as my friend and fellow mentor, Betsy Warland has said, is ‘soul work.’

Here is a beautiful email I received today from Darrel McLeod, a dedicated and talented Cree/Metis writer I had the pleasure of mentoring as he wrote and revised his memoir, Mamaskatch. I loved this dream, and felt so honoured by it. It speaks so much about Darrel’s imagination, but also about the joy and depths in the best kind of mentoring relationships. Mamaskatch is to be published in 2018 by Douglas and McIntyre. It is a transporting, honest and heart-opening account of Darrel’s growing up in the tiny town of Smith, near Slave Lake, Alberta.

“Hi Shaena,  I had a lovely dream. You were dressed in this robe made of an ornate-style brocade. Together, we were developing a fascinating writing exercise, and the robe was magical. the exercise was to transform a text from a dark mood to a lighter mood or vice-versa by changing word use, and the robe reacted to the changes as we suggested them, almost illustrating the effects of the changes. But most striking was the beauty and joy we shared working together. How lovely.”


I’m thrilled to be part of, and take on occasional mentoring projects, through the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. This is the brain-child of Betsy Warland, poet and dreamer and thinker — and an extraordinary influence on writers in Vancouver and beyond. Betsy has involved a number of talented writers of fiction, lyrical prose, poetry and memoir as VMI mentors, including Claudia Caspar, Evelyn Lau, Elee Gardiner, Karen X Tulchinsky, Cathleen With and Rachel Rose. For more information, visit the VMI website.


This January, 2018, I will teach a Fiction and Memoir Writing Bootcamp as part of the Writers’ Studio of Simon Fraser University. It is a two-day course, over two Saturdays, with a lot of intensive writing between the two weekends. It’s a great way to get your writing muscles working , and to get the new year off to a great start, making deep work on a manuscript. More information to come soon from The Writers’ Studio.


This May 18-23, 2018,  I will again be  leading Going Under the Words: Writing Fiction and Memoir, a five-day intensive writing workshop at Hollyhock Retreat Centre on Cortes Island. Information available from Hollyhock, or contact me directly. If you register before December, you will receive a 10 percent early-bird discount. Please note: scholarships are available. This is an intensive workshop, in a stunning and inspiring location.  Writers need to send in 10 pages of fiction — short story, novel or memoir — at least two weeks in advance.

Here are a few responses to last year’s sold-out course:

“Shaena Lambert is outstanding generous accessible. Subtantial value packed into five days. Thank you!” — Oriane Lee Johnston.

“Shaena is great — so knowledgeable, gracious, and full of honed tools to offer. Her incisive writing carries over into incisive teaching.” — Carrie Saxifrage.

“Shaena was a fantastic facilitatro who gave %120 and what she gave was really valuable on a personal and professional level.”

“A marvellous setting, scrumptious food, and inspiring program. Shaena is brilliant, creative, organized and insightful.”

“Writing and Hollyhock are the perfect combination.” — Alison Brewin

“Shaena Lambert prepared and delivered, and invested enormously in our work. She facilitated our learning deeply, and we created a tight community in our five days together.” — James Leslie