Coming Up:

Tuesday November 27: You CAN get there from here!

7:00-8:00 pm: SWG offices, Suite 100, 1150 – 8th Avenue, Regina, SK

You’re so close! As NaNoWriMo enters its final phase, why not look for inspiration from a new direction? Dig deeper into point of view, world building, and story sense for your next writing sprint. Join Marie Powell to find your second wind and cross the finish line in style!

Writing and Creativity Workshops

Channeling Your Creativity

Group Size 5-15: Available in one-day, half-day, and one-hour formats

This workshop will provide an opportunity to generate writing in multiple genres: poetry, fiction, and short creative non-fiction. Using a combination of presentation, discussion, and hands-on writing activities, we work with writing prompts and resources to inspire writing and stimulate the participant’s writing life.

I’ve enjoyed giving this workshop at Prince of Wales branch library, When Words Collide International Writers’ Conference in Calgary, Assiniboia Public Library, and North Battleford Public Library. I have also presented it to teen groups as a week-long workshop, as a one-afternoon workshop, and as an online 50-minute format workshop. Contact me for more details!

“How do you know when a writer has made an impression on your kids? Well, after a workshop when teenagers go off quietly just to write, and they write for days afterward? That’s motivation! The kind that every parent wants to see in their teenagers. Thanks Marie.” – Jill Taylor, Windthorst Librarian and parent of participant


Write Now! 

Group Size 5-15: Available in one-day, half-day, and one-hour formats

Do you enjoy playing with words? Want to try your hand at writing? Join award-winning author Marie Powell to explore writing short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Explore the world of writing to inspire yourself or your writing group. Or ask Marie to tailor the content and activities to meet the particular concerns and needs of your group or association.

I gave this workshop twice a month at the Prince of Wales branch for three years, leading to the formation of the writing group, Ink Print. I’ve also given it to young adult and adult groups at the Central, Connaught, and Regent Place branches, at When Words Collide in Calgary, and as a four-week Lifelong Learning Centre course. As well, by expanding the content and tailoring the activities, I have used these techniques to explore health-and-wellness issues and social activism.

“When we booked Marie Powell to facilitate our workshop on blogging, I had intended to remain on the sidelines and watch. But I soon found myself drawn into the activities she presented, writing the prompts along with the workshop participants — and enjoying it. Normally I write academic work and reports, but this workshop offered a chance to write more creatively. Marie was a skilled and inspiring workshop leader, and offered more content about the writing craft in her presentation than I had anticipated. It was fun too. I would highly recommend Marie as a skilled and knowledgeable writer and workshop leader.” – Addison Meredith, Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan


Fantasy Foundations

Group Size 5-15: Available in half-day or one hour formats — but I’m flexible! 

Fantasy worlds fascinate our imagination. From landscapes to technologies, these worlds seem so complete we could practically catch the next shuttle there! Have you ever tried to create a fantasy world? Who lives there, and how do they relate to each other and their environment? Join award-winning author Marie Powell to explore fantasy world building and create a map of your imaginary destination.

I’ve taken this workshop to the recent CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons conference in Lumsden, SK, and to Regina’s Connaught branch library.

 “From the outset, Marie was brimming with ideas for the children’s writing panel at our Writes of Spring event. She was able to give expert advice to the participants, and use her experiences to make suggestions about how they might complete their work and take it on to publication.” – Diana Cook, Library Assistant, Connaught Branch Library

Marie used photographs and other items from her trips to Wales, which gave the audience a little geography and history mixed in with the reading. The students paid attention well and asked questions about the book and about writing. Marie was encouraging and was happy to discuss the writing life with them…. We would highly recommend Marie as a reader for young audiences in elementary or high school.” – Christine Judy, Librarian, Broadview Public Library

Panels, Talks, and Readings

Marie loves to do school and library readings with her books, and her passion for the written word spills over into everything she does. She enjoys the opportunity to speak on panels at the Regina Public Library, at When Words Collide International Writers’ Conference in Calgary, and at such events as the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Conference or the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference. She gives school readings and workshops to all grades and ages in schools and libraries across the province. Contact Marie to discuss your needs today!