When the lockdown started in March 2020, I had just arrived home from a week of doing writing workshops across Saskatchewan. Like most people, I had no idea how things were going to go from there, but this past January I decided to make myself available to do virtual writing workshops.
I was pretty skeptical at first, thinking it would be a sub-par experience that would be more of a one-way interaction rather than the back-and-forth brainstorming sessions that I'm used to. However, after a few initialy hiccups, things started to groove.
The cool thing was, rather than have to drive halfway across the country and then travel from town to town, focusing on one region at a time, I could do a workshop in Abbotsford, BC, in the morning and another one in Alberta an hour later. All told, I did workshops at 21 schools in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Some of those were one-offs, and others were multi-day, multi-workshop affairs.
I hope to be able to do them in person next season, but I'm happy things turned out as well as they did. If you're interested in booking a writing workshop--in person or virtually--for your school or classroom next year, just let me know.
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