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!

Coaxing closet writers to emerge and make their magic known!

Archive for August, 2013

Inspired by Maud

Join The Writing Fairy® in scenic Leaskdale, home of Lucy Maud Montgomery from 1911 to 1926, for a day of writing inspired by one of Canada’s most beloved authors. Immerse yourself in the Old Ontario setting that nurtured her passion and preeminence as an icon in the writing world. Gain a deeper understanding of why her books tapped into the human experience so universally that they have been translated into more than 35 languages.

Popular creative writing instructor Dorothea Helms will lead participants through guided writing-on-the-spot exercises in the richly historic Leaskdale Church, where Maud’s husband was minister. Enjoy a refreshing lunch prepared by the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society, as well as a tour of the church and the home (manse) where she lived and wrote half of her 22 novels. Bring paper, writing implements and your imagination.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Leaskdale Church, 11850 Regional 1 Rd, Uxbridge, ON
11 km north of Uxbridge, Ontario

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Pre-registration required by September 14.

Cost per participant:  $90.00 ($80.00 for members of The Writers’ Community of Durham Region, York Region or Simcoe County; Uxbridge Arts Association and Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts)

Register electronically here:

$90 General Registration
$80 Non-profit Organization Member Registration

To register by mail, send cheque made out to “The Writing Fairy” to:

Dorothea Helms
S10895 Sideroad 17
RR #1
Sunderland, ON  L0C 1H0

Need a kick-start for your writing? This fall at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, I will be teaching “Fall in Love with Writing” – a 5-week course running every Tuesday evening from September 10 to October 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.

If you dabble in writing, then hide your stuff away in drawers and secret computer files, afraid that you’re not good enough, or even if you know you’re good enough but feel like you’re floundering, then this course is for you. I’m doing something a bit different this time – I’m going to design the course around the needs of the students. After 18 years of teaching creative writing courses and a multitude of diverse workshops, I can do that. We will immerse ourselves in creative writing lessons and exercises designed to coax the closet writer out of you.

The cost for the course is $150, and you can register at www.blueheronbooks.com – just click on writing courses and scroll down until you find Fall in Love with Writing.

AND – TADA – on those very same evenings, my husband, Rich Helms, will be teaching a course called “Create a YouTube Ready Promotional Video.” Under his guidance, you will script, shoot, edit, and upload your video using an iPhone or iPad, or online composing systems like Animoto with any video camera or phone. Each student will receive a detailed workbook with complete course materials and all steps documented. If you need a book trailer, this course is perfect for you! The course is $150, and you can register at www.blueheronbooks.com.