Mary Paterson

Author / Teacher / Adventurer

Website for: Mary Paterson, author of the spiritual memoir, The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home; yoga/meditation instructor; Buddhist practitioner; adventurer.

Lighting the Fire! (FULL - email for info. on next course)

Fire up your writing power and get your stories to pop off the page! In this 6 week course, I will teach the story-telling methods that attract genuine attention

With special guest speaker award-winning editor, including for 2018’s Giller Prize, HarperCollins Publisher: Patrick Crean

Group size: 10
Course Fee: $395 + HST
Dates: Tuesdays: January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, February 5th, and 12th
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (2 hours)
Location: Spadina and Dupont Rd. in Toronto
To request a place, or for more information, email Mary Paterson ( 

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~ Guided meditation to fire up your intuition ~ 15 minutes
~ Active in-class free-writing ~ 15 minutes
~ Understanding the powerful techniques that make writing pop off the page! ~ 30 minutes
~ Authentic work-shopping of your writing ~ 30 minutes
~ Understanding the methods that emotionally ‘hook’ readers ~ 15 minutes
~ Q&A ~ 15 minutes


~ 5 - 10 polished pages of your writing
~ Effective tools to enhance your daily meditation/writing practice
~ Ongoing support and connection with a community of like-minded artists
~ Deeper satisfaction in your writing life
~ Expert advice from industry professionals
~ Real steps to lead you towards fulfilling your literary aspirations!


"Mary's natural-born ability to teach and  mentor is greatly enhanced by her highly intuitive and enlightened nature. It is rare to see a teacher with such ethereal gifts! She is an altogether fearless guide who does not falter in leading her students down the creative path. Mary so generously and openly  shares the fruits of her own writing journey and does so with absolute candour. What an exceptionally inspiring individual she is. It has truly been a joy to have had the opportunity to learn from her in several courses and workshops over the years."
~ F. Romano, July, 2018


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