Peers on Pages

Welcome to our Peer-supported, Virtual Creative Writing Workshop!

Peers on Pages (POP) is an online fully peer workshop that provides an opportunity to share writing and to receive feedback, writing tips and guidance. The facilitators will encourage, support and assist participants when requested. Limited personal one-on-one feedback outside of workshop sessions at Facilitator’s discretion. There will be options for editorial consideration to publish through Technology For Living (TFL) communication resources.

There are 6 easy requirements.

  • You’re a registered Member of TFL, TIL and/or PROP.
  • You can use Zoom software and communicate clearly via compatible methods. (IT and Peer support will be provided throughout)
  • You will write timed-session pieces, whether in-class or at home.
  • You will commit to attending each workshop in full, and completing your writing assignments on time.
  • You’ll communicate in group projects (outside of Zoom) with your personal email whenever necessary.
  • Communication and participation are keys to a successful Peers on Pages series. Variations in these sharing methods are definitely acceptable.

Workshop Facilitators

Monica Gartner

Monica Gartner

I currently work in the government sector. While working full-time for more than 20 years, I enjoy traveling and writing. I self-published my book called Overcoming the Impossible: A Life of Trials and Triumphs in 2016, and is currently working on putting the finishing touches on my first full length play. I am also working on a second book that has to do with travelling. I am taking on-line acting classes because I feel there isn’t enough representation of people with disabilities in the film and TV industry. Happy writing every one!

Linda McGowanLinda McGowan

Born in Montreal. I worked as a nurse in intensive care and the community. In BC, I am a consumer advocate for HandiDART for ten years, and currently am their community outreach liaison.

I wrote monthly in the Burnaby Health Department newsletter, “Healthvine” and the MS Society Shared Voices quarterly newsletter, “Beyond the Wind and Waves.” I have published articles in the Vancouver Yachting Association and Abilities magazine. At the Surrey International Writers Conference 2012, I took 2nd place in the non-fiction writer’s prize for my book; “Travelling the World with MS,” a non-fiction memoir 2015. It was published by Influenced Publishing.

Guidelines & Agreements

Peer Support: Participants will be sharing thoughts, observations and life experiences. Coming together as peers is a first step in providing a safe place for people to support each other, nurture the creative spirit and grow as writers.

Writing Experience: New writers, closet writers, rusty writers and published writers all are welcome.

Communication: Participants may read or have their work read by a member of our POP team to the group. Sharing your audio and video on zoom is encouraged.

Confidentiality: What is shared within the workshop sessions stays within the writing group. Respect the privacy and contact information of all workshop participants, including conversations and written work. Carers or family members involved with workshop sessions or home writing sessions must uphold these confidentiality expectations.

No judgements: Speak to your own experiences. Avoid judging others or making assumptions. We cannot speak for the experiences of other’s lives and choices.

Work on speaking for yourself by using I Statements: Work on speaking for yourself by using I Statements: by identifying comments beginning with ‘I’ rather than ‘You’ or ‘They.’ This takes practice and we (oops I mean ‘I’) don’t always get it right.

Diversity: When choosing to read/share writing, participants are asked to demonstrate sensitivity to differences, respecting the identities, backgrounds, life experiences and quality of life choices of all participants.

Feedback: This is a learning space too. The writer can choose to receive feedback or not. It can be a big step for a person to read/share their writing. We encourage sharing and supportive feedback.

Thank you for your contribution and cooperation. Now let’s laugh, cry, share and connect as writers while making time to have fun!

How to Register

Fill out the form below, once all applications are reviewed, someone will be in contact with you.

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