Writing The Personal

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Writing The Personal

With Sonya Lea

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Registration Includes:

  • Group walk around the shoreline of Emerald Lake (optional).
  • Catered Lunch in the President’s Room at Emerald Lake Lodge.
  • Three-hour writing workshop with Sonya Lea held in a private room at Emerald Lake Lodge.
  • Writing paper and pen.

Max Group Size: 15 – 20

Come and join us for a guided walk around the beautiful Emerald Lake, followed by a catered lunch at the lodge and then delve into a carefully crafted writing workshop led by writer and writing teacher Sonya Lea.


  • 9:30am: Meet at the canoe rental shop at the beginning of the bridge.
  • 10:00am: Walk begins.
  • 12.30pm: Lunch in the President’s Room at Emerald Lake Lodge.
  • 1:30pm: Workshop with Sonya Begins.
  • 4.30pm: Workshop ends.

The Workshop

How do you tell a story that has been pushed underground? How do you tell a story that’s never been told? A story that might have been (or still is) a secret?

In this workshop, we learn to sustain the telling of a story when there’s pressure to remain likeable. By standing in the truth, and acknowledging the necessity of our writing, we change the justness and health of our communities. We take a stand for those who aren’t living with our privilege or resources.

This event is held in safety and confidentiality with respect for your emerging words. We will together participate in generative writing exercises from prompts and discussion. If desired, we will share and witness each other’s words. Limited feedback, all authority given to the writer.

The Walk (optional)

Emerald Lake is a spectacular and serene turquoise glacial lake in Yoho National Park surrounded by mountains. The hike is an easy 5.2km around the entire shoreline of the lake.

We plan to take it at a relaxed pace so you can enjoy the stunning views as we walk around, allowing you to truly get into a creative mindset before the workshop begins.

The Location

Emerald Lake Lodge is the only property on secluded Emerald Lake, surrounded by the breath-taking Rocky Mountains. The lodge is twenty minutes west of Lake Louise. Originally built in 1902 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, this historic property includes 85 comfortable units situated in 24 chalet-style cabins. The units feature cozy duvets, wood-burning fireplaces and balconies or patios with magnificent views of the property.

Cost: $225
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019

For more information or to register, visit eventbrite.com.

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