Winter Writing Workshop with Jeanette Taylor

McLoughlin Gardens Society is hosting a Winter Writing Workshop with Jeanette Taylor.

Saturdays: 1 – 4 p.m. Six sessions: January 18, February 1, 15 (long weekend) & 29, March 14 & 28.
Registration Fee: $305 MGS members, $325.00 non-members.
Place: Courtenay Museum.

Writing a memoir, family history, biography or fiction requires story crafting, editing savvy, and planning structures. Author and historian Jeanette Taylor believes learning to write both fiction and nonfiction requires both writing craft skills and great storytelling. “Whether you’re writing for family or hope to publish a novel, it’s all about presenting a memorable tale and characters who grab the imagination of readers,” says Taylor.

Registrants should have a subject in mind, with the basic research done, as a starting-point for class exercises. Interactive discussion and writing exercises focus on story planning, finding focus, character development, settings, scenes, writing craft, voice, writer’s block, self-motivation, and publication options. Class exercises and homework will advance your in-process writing.

The bi-monthly schedule allows time for homework, as you polish a final extract for instructor and peer critiques. You will receive a comprehensive binder of handouts to guide continuing work. An e-mail address is required, to share writing.

Registration information: Society members who are interested in taking the class are invited to register by contacting board member Christine by phone at 250-331-0600 or by e-mail at to arrange a deposit of $100.

Other news:

McLoughlin Gardens Society is pleased to announce they now have two writers on their board, three including Christine! Writer-in-Residence next summer will be a playwright.

Embrace Your Story – workshop

EMBRACE YOUR STORY  Enter the World of Memoir

CVWS Member Marie Maccagno is facilitating the following workshop:

Four Tuesday afternoons, beginning January 15, 2019 and ending February 5, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PST
Location: Nourish Wellness, Comox, BC – Unit C (upstairs) 1822 Comox Avenue
Cost: $90 for the session; deposit of $30 to reserve your spot.

Class size limited to 10 people; waiting list will be created.

To register, contact

Summer workshops at McLoughlin Gardens – July 2018

McLoughlin Gardens residence

McLoughlin Gardens residence







Summer workshops:

Writing with Michelle Mulder

Are you keen to try your hand at writing for children? Join children’s book author Michelle Mulder for an afternoon workshop. This will be an opportunity to get your story underway by discovering the character who wants to tell it.

Wednesday, July 18th – “Whose Story is it Anyway?”
Time: 1 – 3:30 p.m. Registration: $40
Location: The Courtenay Museum

For registration information, please contact Christine, by phone at 250-218-5729 or by e-mail at Or visit the McLoughlin Gardens Society website and scroll down for information about Michelle’s workshop.

Arleen Pare

Creativity with Arleen Paré

Saturday, August 18th – “The Habit of Art”
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration: $60
Location: Directions sent to registrants.

For registration information, please contact Christine, by phone at 250-218-5729 or by e-mail at You can also register by visiting the McLoughlin Gardens Society website.

The phrase ‘the habit of art’ was coined by Jacques Maritain, an early twentieth century French philosopher and later borrowed by the American writer Flannery O’Connor.  It is a way of heightening experience as artists, poets or painters, writers or mosaisists, opening ourselves to what’s there. It is a point of view, a way of inclining our minds, a stillness. Just saying “the habit of art” can shift the view.”

In this workshop we will employ “the habit of art” to expand our practice as writers, as artists, and as individuals interested in the world.

Upcoming workshop – April 21, 2018

Junie Sawdron – “Write Yourself Home” workshop

Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Place: upstairs at Bayside Cafe – #5 – 2760 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay
Cost: $125.00 / person
For more info & registration:

Junie was a presenter at our North Island Writers Conference held in January, 2018. Some people attending her session have invited her back to do an all-day workshop.