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  • Alison Wearing

  • ~ Writer/Performer ~

  • ★★★★★
    "A FIVE-STAR WORK OF HEART"
    ~ CVV Magazine

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    Colour & Light

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    A glimpse of Tepoztlán, Mexico, the setting of the Under The Volcano Master Classes, where I had the great pleasure of guiding the program’s Memoir Workshop last month. Happily, I will be back on the faculty next year, so if you are interested in spending ten days of January 2016 writing, learning, wandering along streets that looks like THIS, and delighting in all things literary and Mexican, please consider taking a gander at this program.

    Upcoming Performance

    The Faculty of Arts of Wilfrid Laurier University is hosting a performance of Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, Alison’s one-woman show based on her bestselling memoir, at the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Thursday, February 12, in Waterloo, Ontario.

    Admission is free. Reception to follow.

    Books will be for sale before and after the performance.

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    Mexican Radio Interview

    2015 Begins in Mexico

    I am delighted and honoured to be part of the faculty of the Under The Volcano writing program again this year. The ten-day program offers workshops in fiction, poetry and cultural journalism, as well as the terrain I’ll be guiding people through: memoir.

    I’ll be posting updates and photos on my Facebook page, if you’d like to join the fun from a distance. And if you’d like to consider the program for next year, I can only say this: there might be better ways to spend ten days in the middle of January than in a gorgeous Mexican town devoting oneself to writing among fascinating people and all things inspiring, but I can’t really think of any.

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    Happy 2015, everyone. May it bring beauty and peace ~

    Fall/Winter Colour

    I’ve been enjoying a season of workshops.

    There is something uniquely wonderful about a small gathering of people sharing their personal stories, but it is an exceptional experience when these people might never have found themselves around the same table otherwise. Every workshop I offered filled with people whose life experiences were as diverse as they were rich and fascinating (despite everyone feeling initially that their lives weren’t very interesting–why do we all feel that?), and the result was explosive creativity and laughter.

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I adore this work.

    I’m hunkering down for the winter now, enjoying a semi-hibernation  and focussing on my own writing. In January, I’ll be making my annual pilgrimage to Mexico, this time to teach as part of the faculty of Under the Volcano, a ten-day program of master classes in the spectacular town of Tepoztlan. As far as I know, the memoir class is full, but there is always next year…

    And lastly, I saw a photograph of an installation by Jim Lambie at the MoMA and was inspired to make my bathroom floor less boring. I am told that the photos don’t do justice to the real thing, but in any case, it makes for very psychedelic peeing.

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    Answers to FAQs:

    1. It’s done with strips of vinyl tape. LOTS of them.

    2. No idea how many hours it took, only that I listened to PLENTY of podcasts of The Next Chapter while taping, snipping, adjusting, etc.

    3. I didn’t have a plan; I just made it up as I went along. (That should be my epitaph.)

    4. No idea how durable it will be. Might put verathane on it and cross my fingers.

    5. My partner and son kind of like it…now.

    What’s that old adage? You know it’s time to close a blog post when you start showing photos of your bathroom floor?

    Yes, well, I’m done.

    Have a gorgeous winter ~

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    Fall Workshops

    You know that life story you’re going to write…someday?

    If you live in southern Ontario OR are able to travel to Mexico in January, I might just be able to help. For a full list of fall/winter memoir writing workshops, CLICK HERE or visit the UPCOMING EVENTS page.

    “Alison’s workshop was the key that unlocked my voice, the fire that lit my confidence, and the sage that inspired my daily writing practice.
    Still going strong.”

    ~ Pam Beatson, Toronto

    “My writing improved 100%.”
    ~ Sheila Urquidi, Mexico City

    Autumn Workshops

    I’m delighted to be offering memoir writing workshops in a number of Ontario towns and cities this fall, including a 6-week workshop in my hometown of Stratford [see Upcoming Events]. To receive announcements of these workshops as they are confirmed, please join the mailing list (above). These workshops tend to sell out quickly, so early registration is recommended. And the snacks are wonderful, so enjoyment tends to be quite high.coffee & cookies

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