Unlock your stories.
I’m an award-winning poet and essayist who helps writers discover brave new approaches to storytelling.
As a writing instructor I help poets, fiction writers, and CNF lovers who want to:
∗ sidestep fear so they can write their best work
∗ explore experimental approaches to poetry and prose
∗ write their most vulnerable stories of trauma, grief, and loss.
Why work with me?
My students call what I do “compassionate mentorship”.
I offer supportive feedback in the “dark tunnel” phase of a first draft. I encourage curiosity and risk-taking as a piece takes shape. In my teaching I emphasize structure and craft, and introduce “outlier” forms to help writers generate stronger, more innovative work.
I’m very proud to have mentored some wonderful, talented writers including Rowan McCandless, winner of the 2017 Room CNF award, and Emily Kellogg, who received an honourable mention in Room’s 2017 CNF contest.
Both award-winning pieces were drafted in the first session of my CNF Outliers e-course.
Ready to write brave and true?
I love teaching the CNF Outliers ecourse, which is currently offered a few times a year. The next session is planned for May/June 2018.
In 2018 I plan to launch a second CNF ecourse as well as Writing Brave, an online program for writers who want to explore their most difficult, vulnerable stories.
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“Nicole’s CNF Outliers course was the first ever online course I have taken and the only writing course I have completed. Nicole is a kind, generous, encouraging and highly knowledgeable teacher. I feel I have done my best writing in life in her course. Each Sunday night, waiting for the next week’s lessons became like Christmas Eve–I was that excited to dive into the readings and try out the assignment. The first piece I wrote for the course, my flash essay assignment, has just been accepted to be published in Vancouver Poet Laureate Rachel Rose’s legacy project, her Sustenance anthology. The dream is real. And I have Nicole to thank for it.”
~ Danica Longair, Author of “Fed is Best”, forthcoming in Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food
“Nicole was an amazing teacher! Under her tutelage, I learned so much about CNF. From the first draft through to revision, Nicole provided compassionate mentorship, and it was her encouragement that led me to submit my very first piece of CNF, ‘A Map of the World’ to Room’s 2017 CNF contest.”
~ Rowan McCandless, Winner of Room magazine’s 2017 Creative Nonfiction award
“To say ‘A Year for Ectoplasm’ was difficult to write would be a grievous understatement. I am so grateful to Nicole and her e-course for helping me to find the framework to tell this difficult story. Nicole’s passion for CNF and for her students is palpable; her feedback gentle, encouraging, and insightful. CNF Outliers challenged me to be brave, to experiment with storytelling and structure, and to allow myself to get my most honest words on the page. Thank you, Nicole, for lending me support, courage, and inspiration.”
~ Emily Kellogg, Finalist for Room magazine’s 2017 Creative Nonfiction award