Mary Paterson

Author / Yogi / Teacher / Traveler

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.


A series of 6 classes (12 hours total) designed to produce brilliant writing while developing an understanding of what is required to attract a literary agent
(*2 spots left)

Maximum group size: 8
Course Fee: $395 + HST
Dates: Tuesdays: September 25th, October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, 2018
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 for unleashing your pure writing power ~ 15 minutes
How to identify and emphasize the highlights of your story ~ 30 minutes
Active in-class writing to produce power on the clock! ~ 30 minutes
Are you on the right track? Solidifying the 2 most important qualities in your writing (Voice and Tone) ~ 30 minutes
Q&A: Examining the top 10 traits an agent looks for in a writer ~ 15 minutes


~ 10 polished pages of your writing (evaluated by your instructor, Mary Paterson)
~ Effective tools to continue a regular daily meditation/writing practice
~ Music mantra files and instructions designed specifically for your needs
~ Ongoing support and connection with a community of like-minded artists
~ Methods and strategies to find a literary agent and get your work published
~ 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