Teaching and Workshops

Marilyn Bowering has taught fiction and poetry workshops in a University setting for several decades.  From 1999-2014 she was a Professor  at Vancouver Island University in the Creative Writing and Journalism Department.  Earlier in her career she taught at the University of Victoria. She is a frequent panel guest, literary jury member, speaker and lecturer, workshop facilitator, editor and publisher’s reader and has been on the boards of a number of magazines and publishing companies. In 2008 she was a Fulbright Scholar at New York University.

Marilyn has also held a variety of writer-in-residence positions, some of which were at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Mary’s University (Halifax), Douglas College, the Tattenhall Arts Centre (U.K.) and several times for the Banff Centre and at Moniack Mhor in Scotland; she was an early member of Writers-in-Electronic-Residence. She has given workshops for, amongst others, Arizona State University, Lewis and Clark College (Portland, Oregon), The Quebec Writers’ Federation, Sage Hill (Saskatchewan), Selkirk College, the Kootenay School of Writing, Fishtrap (Oregon), and the Nova Scotia Writers’ Federation.

Marilyn Bowering has spoken and given readings in Auckland, Burnaby, Cambridge, Canberra, Castlegar, Charlottetown, Christ Church (NZ),  Chester (Eng.), Denman Island, Edinburgh, Dunedin, Edmonton, Estevan, Fredericton, Galiano, Gabriola, Gisborne, Glasgow, Graz,  Haida Gwaii, Hamilton,  Hornby Island,  Hay-on-Wye, Kamloops, Kingston, London (Eng), Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Mojacar, Montreal, Mosgiel, Nanaimo, Nelson, New York City,  Oregon City, Ottawa, Oxford, Paros,  Peterborough, Portland, Prince George, Regina, Richmond, Rossland, Saltspring, San Francisco, Saskatoon, Seattle, Sechelt, Shawnigan Lake, Sidney, St. John’s, Sydney (Aust), Toronto, Vancouver, Vernon, Victoria, Waterloo, Wellington,Whitehorse, Winnipeg, Wolfville….as far as she can remember…..

Recent Workshop or Lecture Titles include:

Using the Techniques of Poetry in Writing Fiction

Writing from the Cultural Nexus

Borders: The World Between

Magical Plots

Creativity in a Time of Chaos

Walker Between Worlds: an Introduction to the Fairy Thread
in the Poetic Process

Some Comments about the Workshops:

“I’ve attended numerous workshops and this was among the best because it delved so deeply into writing meaningful and authentic prose. ..I felt privileged to participate.”

“Marilyn Bowering is superb presenter. She presented very interesting material and approaches that she had clearly thought about deeply. He balanced the ‘input’ aspect of the workshop by allowing time for discussion of each strategy she presented and for the participants to experiment with and adapt her ideas to their own works-in-progress. It was a very well prepared workshop in terms of the quality of the material and the format of the workshop. A perfect balance!”

“In all cases I thought Marilyn was marvelously well prepared and gave us more than we expected….Marilyn was patiently exuberant, great at helping us claim some talents ee’d forgotten are part of who we are.”

Please contact Marilyn Bowering directly through this website if you are interested in a workshop, reading or lecture or in private editorial consultation.