Upcoming Seminars & Courses

Check back often for information on upcoming seminars & courses.

2021 Memoir Writing Workshops Update:

1) The cross-country, four-session Zoom memoir writing workshop that I am putting on May 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2021, is now sold out. I may organize a second one for later in the year. If you’d like to be on the list for the next Zoom workshop, please let me know.

2) The Saturday, September 25, 2021 in-person workshop that I am putting on in Port Hawkesbury, NS, has two seats still open. Open to both emerging and established writers. For more information: mls@marjoriesimmins.ca

3) I hope to put on a Saturday, October 16, 2021 in-person workshop on the South Shore of NS, in Chester. Just working out those details now! It would be from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00, as usual. Email me for more information.

4) If you would like me to put on a workshop in YOUR Nova Scotian community, just drop me a line and I’ll see if we can make it happen.

With huge thanks to all those people who have taken my workshops before, and to the people I will be meeting soon, both online, and in person. I have missed teaching so much this past year! So please continue to be careful in the coming weeks and months, and take the very best care of you and yours. See you not so long from now!


Thinkers Lodge 2017


I am excited to offer The Minefields of Memoir, a brand-new memoir writing course, held at the spectacular Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, on June 17, 2017! The workshop will feature practical, easy-to-use methods to avoid some of the minefields inherent in personal narratives, along with new and inspiring writing exercises. As always, we’ll talk about the what, why, when, and who of memoir, along with the ever-critical how, or structure of memoir. If you’ve been keen to start writing your memoir, but felt held back, or did start your memoir, but became stalled, due to concerns about how to share personal or family-related details of your life, this workshop will give you the tools you need to produce an honest, artistic, but thoughtfully considered memoir. Just because you want to write your memoir, doesn’t mean you have to be disowned by family and friends in the process! Nor do you need to sacrifice the story’s integrity or beauty by your choices of what to put in, and what to leave out. Learn how to put story first, and still be comfortable and happy with the end result.


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