Hi Everyone, and WELCOME to The Writing Fairy website. I'm Dorothea Helms, freelance writer, poet, book author, fiction dabbler, writing instructor, keynote speaker, humorist, wife, mother and slave to my English Bulldog, Margaret. My website is undergoing a facelift, boob lift, liposuction, weight loss program ... wait a minute - those are things I need personally. Sheesh. But my website IS in transition after being neglected for a LONG time. My goal is to inspire writers; my method humour (or humor in the U.S.). Enjoy!

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Archive for April, 2011

I’m looking forward to providing blue-pencil sessions to six people at this year’s Ontario Writers’ Conference. This yearly event is jam packed with workshops, networking, meals, mentoring and more. The blue-pencil sessions are fascinating. We spend about 10 minutes with each person who has arranged a slot and provide one-on-one feedback on a piece they have submitted. It’s amazing how much feedback one can give in that amount of time. Nice that these writers are open to suggestions on making their writing even better.

I’ve been away for a while. On April 5, 2011, my beautiful, wonderful sister Sandra died unexpectedly. It was a shock for the entire family. She was so special, it’s difficult to put into words. But I had to, as I agreed to write and deliver one of her eulogies. I was honoured to be able to do this one last thing for her. While I was writing my talk, I realized just how important words can be – and just how inadequate they seem when it comes to summing up someone’s life in 5 minutes.

When Sandra’s sons asked if I would do a eulogy, my first reaction was panic. I have written and delivered hundreds of speeches – but standing in front of a church full of grieving mourners and speaking about someone whose death turned my heart inside out was different. If you are asked someday to deliver a eulogy for someone you love, I encourage you to say yes. I found it difficult, but therapeutic. And I simply followed the advice of one of my nephews: if it comes from the heart, it will be great.