“Kathy is an interested and generous teacher. She can see people’s individual strengths and she can step you around obstacles in the creative process in a very skilled way. You leave one of her courses with a lot of confidence and a sense of direction in your own work. ” Short Fiction participant
I enjoy teaching, and over the past twenty years have developed a range of workshops and courses, ranging from day or weekend workshops to ongoing university courses. In the past few years, I’ve started to teach online as well. I’ve adapted some my existing workshops in ways that make the most of an exciting new medium that is in many ways ideally suited to the teaching of writing, and created brand new workshops as well. At the heart of all my teaching, is the writing exercise or experiment. Most of my exercises are original to my courses, or carefully adapted to them, and – as well as being exciting and enjoyeable – these exercises enable participants to come face to face with a writing challenge, and quickly discover how to meet it. I prefer to work with a small group (and, if possible, in a gorgeous setting!).
I have facilitated workshops for many arts organisations, universities, community centres and writing schools – including Banff Centre for the Arts, the Victoria School of Writing, The Writers’ Trust, Tallinn Summer School (Estonia), and The Arvon Foundation in the UK. In the past twenty years, have taught at universities in Canada, UK, Finland and Estonia, and held writer’s residencies in secondary and elementary schools, as well as in a high security men’s prison and a Norfolk fishing village. I’m happy to work with teenagers or elementary school children. Occasionally I offer small group courses on Salt Spring Island, BC.
“The workshop was fabulous. Kathy is a real pro and expertly inspired the class of 16 through the day.” Writing School organizer, Creating Character.
Recent workshops include: Creating Character, Writer’s Workout, Creating Character & Shaping the Story, Real & Imagined Lives, The Way of a Story, and Discovering Dialogue. Online courses and workshops include: Workout for the Novel, Fiction Workout, and Real & Imagined Lives.
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“The short fiction course was well-organized, creative, inspiring and fun. Kathy’s feedback was insightful, often humorous, always wise, and she provided a safe environment for writers of all levels to stretch and grow. I wholeheartedly recommend this course.”
“I hugely enjoyed the writers’ workshop with Kathy Page. She is a marvellous presenter/ facilitator/teacher.” Creating Character participant
“Kathy Page was warm, supportive, and full of good ideas, a total pleasure.”
“She really inspired me to write again and I hope to keep to it.”
“The experience was exceptional and extremely positive. The instructor began promptly, the exercises were helpful, well-timed and a perfect balance of group, individual and paired work. We got a balance of listening, participating and being listened to. “
“Very informative. Very enthusiastic – both Vicky & Kathy. Relaxed atmosphere. What could have been done differently? Nothing. A very full day with an end point that made sense – in terms of character, structure, etc.”
“I learned lots and inadvertently had an idea of how to rewrite something I’d shelved.”
“I found the whole day very stimulating – a good balance of talk, experiences, writing.”