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Man & Other Natural Disasters

Book: Nerys Parry, Man and other natural disasters

“In  Man & Other Natural Disasters, Nerys Parry demonstrates a powerful and emerging talent.  Parry draws the reader into a delightfully quirky and strange story with a narrative that is in turns funny and heartbreaking . . .”  Gail Anderson-DargatzA Cure for Death by Lightning

Check out the book trailer below. To see the video full screen, click HERE.

For more information on Man & Other Natural Disasters, click HERE.

Writing Workshops

 

 

horizontal logo croppedMy writing philosophy is  simple: I believe that writing matters, that sharing heartfelt stories has the power to change us, and by extension the world. I also believe all of us have stories inside us that matter, that have the potential to move us and others. Stories that are dying to be told. Which is why I began the Write Workshops. I wanted to create a place where writers of all levels  can dream and grow and build their dreams together.

Click the icons below to find a full description and breakdown of what we cover in each course. I’m also available to present to classes or groups on any of the topics below, or those of your choosing. Please see Bio>>Contact Me for information on how to reach me directly.

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About me

 

 

Author high resolutionI’m an author, mother, writing coach and convicted bibliophile. I also make a mean dehydrated camping stew. I write because I believe writing matters, that sharing heartfelt stories has not only the potential to change us, but to change the world.

For more information on me, please see Bio.

For information on my novel and other writing, please see Publications.

And who is Simon from Man & Other Natural Disasters? Check out the video below:

The full interview is available on YouTube.

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Still Time to Register for Weekend Retreat

Hi everyone! Just a reminder that there’s still time to register for the Ottawa Independent Writer’s workshop, The Creation of Story, next weekend at the Galilee Centre. You don’t have to be a member, or a professional writer, you just have to grab a pen and some paper and come out to Galilee! If you’ve never been there, I can assure you, it’s the most meditative and peaceful retreat I’ve ever visited. Come settle your soul and open up to creation. Location: Galilee Retreat Centre, 398 John Street North, Arnprior, ON. For...

Open Up to Hope

I’m thrilled to share the news that I’ll be helping a local organization very dear to my heart, Hopewell, re-launch its blog, Hopewell Voices. For those who don’t know about Hopewell, it’s an Ottawa-based not-for-profit that provides knowledge, support and hope for those affected by eating disorders. They offer support groups and mentoring programs, provide information and direction for families, and also promote a better awareness of eating disorders in the community. Not bad for an organization that relies solely on donations. Personally, I owe them a lot. They were the first group I called when my...

Weekend Writing Workshop with Ottawa Independent Writers

I have great news! The Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) have invited me to facilitate the 2015 Writer’s Workshop at Galilee Centre in Arnprior.  I’m so excited. Two whole days dedicated to experimenting with space, place, character and the joy of writing. Location: Galilee Retreat Centre, 398 John Street North, Arnprior, ON. For directions, click here. Dates and times: June 26, 2015 – evening only, and June 27th and 28th- 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Cost: Pricing for OIW members is $350 for retreat and workshop and $260 for retreat only. All meals are included in the workshop/retreat...

The Long Wait

My granddad Williams loved ‘queuing’, the British version of standing in line. Whenever we walked together through the village of Welshpool and came across a stretch of people, patient and resigned—to the weather, to life, to waiting on the sidewalk under featureless black umbrellas with broken spines—he’d insist we join them. We’d stand at the back, where he’d lean his bald, age-spotted head toward the person in front of us and start up a conversation. As he spoke, his gums smacked wetly between syllables and his lips flapped like...

Start Write Workshop Fall 2014 Begins October 18th

We had so much fun in Start Write last year that we’re bringing it back to Old Ottawa South this fall. Got a book you’re dying to write, but just can’t seem to get started? Why not join us. Classes will run Sundays 10:00 am – 11:30 am on October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 To register, go to Old Ottawa South Registration and register before next Friday (October 3rd). Start Write: How to begin—and finish—the book you’ve always dreamed of writing   Course Description: Is there a book you’ve always...

Start Write Returns to the Firehall this Fall

No one will doubt that writing a book-length work, be it a collection of short stories or poems or a novel or a business how-to, takes a lot of time and energy. The dogged commitment required to finish a book is most likely why so few people who start books actually ever manage to finish them. But there are ways to make the process easier, which I why I will be facilitating a five-week course on planning and writing a book length project. More information on times and locations...

Write Stuff Workshop set to launch January 2014

“Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.” ― Patricia Fuller The hardest message I have to deliver to Start Write participants is this: writing is only half the battle for any aspiring author. To catch the attention of publishers and editors, we also need to effectively evaluate, rewrite and edit our own writing. We must be prepared to pare down the prose, polish our projects and pitch with professionalism. As Justice Brandeis once said,‘there is no great writing, only...

Cheers and Beers for the Inaugural Start Write 2013 Class

It has been a long five weeks for the inaugural Start Write class, who likened the course to a “kick in the pants” and a “boot camp” for anyone wanting to write a book. I’ll admit, I wasn’t easy on the crew. There were daily exercises, two hour weekly workshops and my constant nagging about word counts to endure, but kudos to the group for tackling even the craziest of my exercises (three by three?) and pushing their projects forward. I want to thank this first group for being...

Independent book reviews in Ottawa by Smell The Book

  I have exciting new book news for Ottawa Readers: Chris Reeves, the founder of the Ottawa Book Club (click here to be directed to the MeetUp sites) has launched a new, independent book review site called SmellTheBook.com where he posts reviews of the books read by the club along with author interviews. A great new initiative in a city full of great readers. I had the privilege of being invited to talk to the Ottawa Book Club this past winter. Unfortunately, it was on the same day as...

Ever wanted to write a book? Start Write begins this Fall at the Old Ottawa South Firehall

Retraction: My apologies! In my first posting, some authors felt that a comparison I had used in my first posting suggested that writing a book of short stories or poems required less commitment than writing a novel–which is absolutely NOT what I meant to imply. The commitment required to write any book-length work and bring it to publication is significant, whatever the genre. So this post has been edited to reflect my true feelings, which is that all large works require large commitments. And making good on those large...