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!

Hi all,

Once again, I’ll be teaching a fall creative writing course at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario. It’s called “Writer’s Buffet – a series of mini-workshops” – and it consists of eight standalone 2.5-hour sessions on Tuesday evenings beginning September 27th.

  • A Beginner’s Primer
  • A Short Look at the Short Story
  • Poetic Licence
  • The Magazine Game
  • Present With Pizzazz
  • Speech Writing for Fun and Profit
  • Make Money Being Funny
  • The Business of Writing

For those who are keen on making money as a freelancer, on Saturday, November 5th, I’ll offer my full-day workshop called “The Business of Writing.” Hope to see you at any or all of these classes. To register, call the store at 905-852-4282 or stop by in person.

My twin grandsons are now 6 months old. Pretty soon, I’ll be able to turn to them for computer tech support.


On April 12, my 6-week writing course called “Writing from the Soul – Free your authentic voice and rejoice” will begin. Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 through to May 17th. Rather than write the way you think others want you to, explore being true to your individual “writer’s voice.” Join me for a fun-filled, inspirational journey. Register at http://www.blueheronbooks.com/category/writing-classes. Hope to see you there!

Ruth Walker and I are teaching our popular “Write to Win” workshop on May 28th. It is a fun, informative, exercise-filled day to help participants increase their chances of winning writing contests. It’s also a great source of information and inspiration for writers of all genres and levels – remember that getting published is like a big contest. We’ve had many past participants who have gone on to win writing contests, acquire freelance work, etc. I encourage you to register early, before the workshop fills up. Visit http://writescape.ca and check out workshops. Hope to see you there. And Ruth and I will behave ourselves, I promise. OK, I think. Well, maybe. Oh for goodness sake, we’ll try!

Hi all,

I admit I’m terrible at keeping up my website and blog. Why? No explanation. It’s not that I don’t love you all, but I look at maintaining my website as “homework” – and I play hooky a lot. That means I fritter away hours playing Solitaire with people around the world when I should be paying attention here. I’m only human – don’t judge me.

OK, judge me. Suffice it to say, I’ll be back on here shortly with something or other – news, writing, inspiration, insults – who knows?