Wouldn't stop picking at it

6-week writing workshop (MTL)

Next session: March 2018 

Creative writing workshop

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. – Anaïs Nin

Coffee shop writing, Berlin, May 2014Our bodies contain stories. Experiences tucked under each arm, filed between your ribs and rolled into the bowl of your pelvis. For some, the urge to tell these stories – any stories – is a necessary mercy. This workshop is designed to help you release and share these stories with confidence and (brace yourselves) even joy.

You should join us if

  • You write (or would like to write) fiction, creative non-fiction or personal writing of any kind (the structure of the workshop won’t be helpful to poets, playwrights or business writers, sorry)
  • You’d like to develop your critical skills in order to become a better writer and learn how to revise your own work
  • You’d like to be part of a community of creative people who support and inspire one another

No writing experience required. In fact, you don’t even need an idea! Just a willingness to dive into the experience.

What you can expect

  • Discussion about how to structure writing, how to develop characters and plot, and what constitutes good writing
  • Writing exercises and prompts to spark your creativity
  • Reading other students’ work and giving constructive feedback
  • Learning how to receive feedback and ask productive questions

Maximum of 4 students, so don’t waffle.

When and where?

Every Thursday evening, from 6-9 PM.

Location: My kitchen table, tea and snacks included. Near Laurier Metro.

How much?

$210, taxes included. Receipts provided.

To make your deposit by PayPal, click here:

  • Send an email to me@adrianapalanca.com introducing yourself. Tell me about your goals for taking this workshop and send me a short writing sample (if you’re inclined to share).
  • Once I give you the go, make a deposit of $100 (PayPal or email transfer) before the first class. Balance will be due by the beginning of the third class (June 21). Cash and cheques also accepted.

Nice things people say about Adriana

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.14.50 PMBram Levinson – Yoga teacher, writer and mentor

Adriana has an innate ability to see the structure within a sentence, a paragraph or an entire piece of writing and immediately know where and how to tweak it. She makes the mediocre extraordinary, and does it with passion, smarts and a conspiratorial sense of creativity.

For more about Bram, visit BramLevinson.com and ExaminedLife.com.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 10.21.18 AMC.J. Lefebvre – Graphic designer, illustrator, writer

Adriana was the word fairy that I needed. She knows where and when to wave her magic wand, and always in full awareness and respectful of the original text. I understood her true magic when I reread the completely revised text and realized how well she had adapted to the style and spirit of the author; it had been easy to forget that the Adriana fairy had been there at all.

For more about C.J., visit Asha and the Spiritz.com.


6 comments for “6-week writing workshop (MTL)

  1. Dominique Pirolo
    March 10, 2017 at 9:22 am

    The journey was a healing and meditative process amongst the company of wonderful people. You are truly talented in reaching your students.

    I actually looked forward to your class on Sundays, like going to church, a beautiful experience.

    Thus, I am more confident in my storytelling and conscientious in my writing.

    Keep up your workshops!

  2. ad
    March 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    You were a wonderful student, thank you Dominique!

  3. July 28, 2017 at 3:49 am

    I’m definitely interested. As soon as I find out my work schedule for the Fall I will be in touch.

  4. ad
    July 28, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Great news! When you’re ready, send an email to -> me@adrianapalanca.com.
    Looking forward to meeting you (hopefully).

  5. ad
    August 14, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Hello again Melanie! In case it helps, I have also added a Sunday session starting slightly later in September. Have a great day!

  6. Lucas
    August 28, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I’m interested for sure, are there still some places available for the sunday class? (I already sent an email 🙂 )
    Being at work during the week… I’m only available on the weekend, except the week sessions are around 7pm.

    Have a great day!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers:

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial