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  • Award-Winning Author,

  • Playwright/Performer

  • & Speaker

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

  • New & Newsworthy

    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

    Edna Staebler Award

    Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter has been shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.

    Listen to Alison’s CBC interview regarding the nomination:

    The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction is a unique award—the only one offered in Canada for the genre. Established in 1991 by writer and literary journalist Edna Staebler, it recognizes a Canadian writer of a first or second published book with a Canadian locale and/or significance.

    According to the award’s website, creative non-fiction is literary not journalistic. The writer does not merely give information but intimately shares an experience with the reader by telling a factual story using the devices of fiction, including:

    • original research;
    • well-crafted interpretive writing;
    • personal discovery or experience;
    • the creative use of language or approach to the subject matter;
    • dialogue; and
    • a narrative about people who come alive.

    Rather than emphasizing objectivity, the book should have feeling, and should be a compelling, engaging read.

    From the earliest days, Canadian non-fiction writers have been recording their experiences in imaginative ways. The genre has firm roots in the work of Susannah Moody, Farley Mowat, Pierre Berton and Edna Staebler herself.

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    Magical Last Show

    …of the summer, that is. Many thanks to my hosts, Joanna and Henry Wiersma, and to the enthusiastic audience that filled the domed theatre! Thanks also to all the workshop participants. (Could there have been a more beautiful setting for a writing workshop?) I’ll be doing one more show in the fall (see the Upcoming Events page for ticket info) and then shifting gears and returning to my writing desk for a while.

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    Last Show of the Summer

    In an effort to open up space and time to work on a new project [shhhhh], I have scaled back on the number of performances I am doing this year. My last of the summer will take place on July 26 at Fifth Wind Farm in Cold Springs, Ontario (just north of Cobourg), and it will be a part-fundraiser for the SONG program, which brings musical instruction to young people in need.

    For details, click HERE.

    In August, I’ll be doing a bit of travelling, first to Cape Cod, where I’ll be doing a series of readings and workshops for the Family Equality Council and COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere). After that, I’ll be out in BC at the Sunshine Festival of the Written Word, and then home, where my desk awaits.

    There is one more show scheduled for the fall, the odd reading/talk here and there, and numerous bookings still yet to be confirmed for the 2014/15 season. To receive notification of upcoming appearances and shows, please join the mailing list to the right of this post.

    Thanks. May you enjoy a blissful summer.

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    Homecoming Show

    I’m delighted to be performing the Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter one-woman show at the Lakefield Literary Festival ~ a stone’s throw from Peterborough, Ontario, where the story takes place! There will be only one performance (Saturday, July 12 @ 2:30pm at the Bryan Jones Theatre) and advance tickets are recommended. For tickets and information, please visit the Lakefield Literary Festival website.

    The following morning (Sunday, July 13), I will be offering a memoir writing workshop from 10am-12pm at the Lakefield Memorial Hall (Centennial Hall). To register, please follow this link.

    The Lakefield Literary Festival has many spices in its feast this summer. One of the tastiest will be the one woman play, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, written and performed by Alison Wearing.” Lakefield Herald

    “A homecoming for ‘fairy’s daughter’ author.” The Peterborough Examiner

    Lakefield Lit Fest

    CBC Here & Now

    A 6-minute interview on CBC’s Here & Now program about the Toronto run of Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter.

    Listen HERE.

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