Spring Writes Write Your Way In

Spring Writes
Friday, May 29-30, 2020

This retreat offers the opportunity to relax into your authentic voice, stretch those writing muscles, and focus on the story you want to tell. In whatever form you want to tell it—poetry, fiction, memoir or essay. All in a safe and nurturing eco-space.

Whether you are reviving a dream of writing or well-established in your practice; an old pro or a nervous beginner, this retreat is certain to inspire and motivate you to explore, take risks, and listen deeply.

The weekend program includes sensory exercises and meditation to heighten awareness and deepen your experience.

Guided writing exercises are facilitated by Deepam with the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method. Friday evening introductory workshop for all levels of writing experience.


Friday, May 29: 7:00pm

After introductions and guidelines I’ll offer a series of on-the-spot timed writing exercises to get the creative writer in you feeling more relaxed, focused and a little experimental.
Participants are invited to read a piece of their writing to receive supportive feedback.
Saturday, May 30th

After a morning walk meditation we’ll settle into a day of guided writing, focussing on elements of craft to hone and deepen your practice.

After lunch you’ll have the afternoon to work on a longer piece–either from an offered prompt or on a project of your own.

We conclude with readings from participants’ selected passages. 

The program ends by 5 pm on Saturday.

Facilitation Cost: $125.00 per person

Meals and accommodation booked separately. 

Facilitator Deepam Wadds, Author & Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) certified facilitator

A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, Deepam is a certified facilitator of the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) writing method. She is past president of the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County (WCSC).

Since 1998 Deepam has been leading writing workshops and retreats both in Canada and internationally.

Writing Credits

Winner of The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 2016 short prose contest for developing writers, Deepam Wadds’ award-winning short fiction and poetry have been featured in literary journals and anthologies, including Room and carte blanche magazines. The first two chapters of her novel, What the Living Do, won Lazuli Literary Group’s writing contest, and was published in Azure’s winter 2017 issue.

“I spent the summer I turned seventeen in a third floor pension in Quebec City finishing my first novel. At twenty, I spent a year in a remote mountain cabin writing poems and stories. Writing has always been an imperative. I love words; I love how they can surprise me with the stories they tell.

Since my youthful ambitious forays into a writing life, I’ve had the privilege of working with such brilliant out-of-the-box mentors as Barbara Turner-Vesselago, Pat Schneider, Donna Morrissey, Jack Grapes, and Sue Reynolds. The most important lesson I have learned from these remarkable teachers is how to be true to my own unique voice. It’s that authenticity I most wish to encourage in workshop and retreat participants.”