Kwantlen Poytechnic University faculty member

I am now a permanent faculty member of the Department of Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. This coming February we will be hosting an exciting symposium on creative nonfiction across genres, in association with the Department of Journalism, entitled Truth Be Told.

2013 teaching

In January 2013 I will be teaching introductory fiction and poetry at Kwantlen College’s Richmond campus. I also hope to offer some workshops through Langara College as well as some new, private courses: check back for details.

1001 Ways to Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction

Will once again be offering 1001 Ways to Tell the Truth at Langara this spring, eight Thursday nights beginning May 17.


Course description below.

Introduction to Writing Fiction: Douglas College

This fall I will be teaching a credit course at Douglas College’s David Lam campus: CRWR 1103, Introduction to Writing Fiction. The course is already full. If you are interested in taking a course with me this fall, check out 1001 Ways to Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction at Langara which I’m offering at Langara College on Monday evenings, starting September 19.

1001 Ways to Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction


What are you passionate about? Is there a life experience you yearn to share? Through readings, discussions, mini lectures and in-class writing exercises learn how to tell true stories, yours or others’, using the techniques of literary fiction. Take advantage of the class’s lively, supportive environment to then workshop your memoir excerpt, travel journal or issue-oriented essay and/or receive personalized, professional feedback on your writing, regardless of subject or level.
After taking this class you will be able to:

  • Research, draft, write and revise a creative non-fiction article on their choice of subject
  • Prepare and submit a non-fiction book proposal and/or magazine article pitch or non-fiction story submission
  • Critically engage with creative non-fiction writing in an informed and writerly way

Topics covered include:

Definitions of Creative Nonfiction
Effective Openings, Unforgettable Endings
Dramatizing Your Story: Generating Scenes and Dialogue
Voice and Characterization
Plot and Structure: Organizing your Material, Maintaining Momentum
Accuracy: Legal, Moral and Literary Obligations
Integrating Research: What To Put In, What To Leave Out
Stages in the Writing Process: How and When to Revise
Publisher Submissions: Effective Book Proposals, Magazine Submissions

For more information go to http://www.langara.bc.ca/creative-arts
Or contact the instructor contact@cathystonehouse.com

Ink Magic: Writing as Healing


Throughout history, people have transformed their anger and grief into wisdom and beauty through the use of language. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that writing may have a particular power to heal because of its formal, reflective quality, its distance from—yet intimate relation to—the body.
Are you curious about this transformative power, or engaged with an intense personal experience you’d like to write about, but are not sure how to start? In this introductory, multi-genre class, a safe and respectful environment will be created so that each week, through focused journaling, deep listening exercises and explorations in narrative, performance and poetry, we can together investigate creative writing as both a transformative personal practice and a means of bearing witness to the world.
Through class and small group activities we will also examine the various stages of the creative journey and work together towards establishing both inner and outer places of safety. In addition, the complex connections between personal, social and environmental witnessing, and the merits of diverse forms of literary expression—narrative versus non-narrative, fictional versus non-fictional—will be touched upon. Time will be made available for either group or individual feedback on student writing, if requested. Students should be prepared to engage deeply and take full responsibility for their individual well-being, as this is a writing course and not a form of therapy.

For more information go to http://www.sfu.ca/wp/
Or contact the instructor contact@cathystonehouse.com