The Dharma of Writing

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Date(s) - 18 Oct 2014
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Small meeting room, downtown Kelowna library


The Dharma of Writing: Why You Were Meant to Be Part of the Scribe Tribe


with Dona Sturmanis

Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,

Small meeting room, downtown Kelowna Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street

$60. You must be pre-registered. Call 778-214-6318 or email

This is the first of a series of five. If you want to take all five, the cost is $275.


This first session is a commitment, or recommitment, for writers to their passion, craft and life choice of creating with words. We’ll inspire your enthusiasm for writing by reaffirming why this is what you were meant to do. Maybe you made a choice to be a writer or maybe you were born this way. We’ll cover insight on writing from history, different philosophies and explore various aspects of the practice. We’ll also examine many benefits of writing, which range from therapy to healing to expressions of spirituality. Inspiring writing books, courses and other resources to keep you motivated and informed will also be discussed.


+Bring a laptop, tablet or notebook—there will be in-class exercises.

+There will be a half hour break at 12:45. Bring a lunch or snack. OR you may run out to get something.

+An assignment will be given if you are coming to the next class.


In grade five, I wrote poetry and edited the school newspaper. By the end of university at UBC in Vancouver, I had a bachelor’s and master’s degree in creative writing, was a paid journalist, an award-winning fiction writer, a well-published poet, a literary magazine editor and had a job at a publishing house. Since then, I haven’t looked back. I’ve written thousands of articles for dozens of magazines and newspapers; won awards for my short stories and poems; edited many magazines; written, edited and published almost 100 books; and taught for three decades at community colleges and other venues, as well as presenting and reading at writing festivals and events.



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