Events

Nov
17
Fri
Creative Writing Weekend Getaway
Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 3:00 pm

Create a short story in a weekend! Join us for a Creative Writing Weekend where reflective writing meets storytelling. ‘Rapid write’ warm-ups, ice-breaker games, journal writing, and solo time to write – will serve to ignite each writer’s own short story creation.

Space is limited to 6 writing participants who together will share in the renowned food and land of Thirteen Moons while each crafts their own unique story. One-on-one time with the instructor, solitary writing time, and creative interaction with fellow writers promise to make this a transformative writing weekend. Register by October 15th to save $100.

Participants gather on Friday night, check-in to their rooms and enjoy a mix-n’-mingle evening sprinkled with fun ‘kick-off’ activities. Saturday sees participants sharing in a delicious breakfast, morning workshop activities, lunch, outdoor journey, and a luxurious solo writing afternoon capped off by a delicious nighttime feast and a surprise post-dinner activity. Sunday offers participants two more sumptuous meals, story writing/ editing/polishing time, and group sharing with a 3pm finish.

Facilitator: Maureen Verboom

Maureen Verboom is a writer, storyteller, teacher, program manager, and Not-for-profit (NFP) Executive Director. Maureen traces her love of story to her Irish grandparents who were well-known in their Toronto neighbourhood for welcoming friends, newcomers, and family to gather round their dining table to share a meal, tell a tale, and sing and song.

In Verboom’s early career years she brought storytelling to her work in communications, marketing, and client services in Toronto’s Financial Services sector. Following a sabbatical in 2009 where she earned her Master’s in Education, Verboom stepped into Toronto’s NFP sector managing theatre productions, communications, and Arts & Culture programming – all the while rolling up her sleeves to write grants, create marketing communiques, craft educational curriculum, and deliver creative workshops.

As a regular contributor and assistant-editor to the online publication Glamamama (2007-2011), Maureen continued to feed her love of writing and storytelling. Following the magazine’s dissolution, she began in earnest to work on her own writing projects and to focus on her teaching practice.

This year, Maureen established Butterfly Heart Media, anchoring a hub from which to grow her love of story and creative pursuits. Look for the launch of Butterfly Heart Media’s® web site in 2018.

To book Writing Workshops or inquire about Writing or Editing services contact Maureen at: tmaureen.verboom@gmail.com