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The Wild Nellies Online Meet-up for Womxn Creatives

Dear womxn creatives, whatever you’re doing—actively creating, reflecting, or resting in stillness—we’re your people. If you’re passionate about your art–or want to be–please join us for an inspiring discussion about creativity.

Conversations with other artists replenish my soul and my imagination which is why I love this event. Hang out with us online at The Wild Nellies Meet-up for Womxn Creatives and enjoy inspiring insights from our creativity panel featuring:

Sacha Visagie, Canadian Country Artist and philanthropist
Helen Leach-Edwards, visual artist
Premika Leo, dancer, circus aerialist, actor, activist
FJ Doucet, poet and fiction writer
Gwen Tuinman, novelist and creator of The Wild Nellies

Time: Aug 20, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Tickets $10 at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/113020818310.

All ticket proceeds go to compensate artists and fund future Celebration of Women events which raise funds for charities that support womxn fleeing domestic violence.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Gwen Tuinman, Novelist and Creator of The Wild Nellies

About us — The Wild Nellies is a growing collective of womxn creatives—diverse in age, culture, and art practice. Among us are visual artists, musicians, singer songwriters, actors, directors, dancers, choreographers, aerialists, film makers, photographers, poets, spoken word poets, and authors. We share a passion for the healing power of creative self-expression, which we strive to spread to womxn struggling to find their voice.

One Writer’s Room

Virginia Woolf said that a woman needs a room of her own if she’s to write fiction. I’m privileged to have such a room. It’s a snug space that accommodates a desk and chair, a book shelf, and a sofa table. There’s enough space along the centre of the room to roll out a yoga mat and meditate in front an antique stand made by my great grandfather. Through the window this morning, I see espaliered plum trees growing alongside a sprawling elderberry bush. Continue reading “One Writer’s Room”

Failure and Failing

Failure hurts. We spend untold amounts of energy doing our best to avoid it. The process of failing is doubly painful for those of us raised by women whose worth was measured by their efficacy as housewife and mother. Their children’s accomplishments ticked boxes on their performance appraisal. Our failings were their failings. Perfectionism was the fix. Continue reading “Failure and Failing”

Tintype Photography with Stephen Brûlé

Stephen Brûlé is a photographic artist specializing in tintype photography. I had the privilege of interviewing him recently after we crossed paths at an event in Toronto. His display of antique camera equipment caught my attention immediately. There’s a story here, I thought, with details that will find their way into my writing. This podcast episode is the product of our conversation about photography, creativity, and olden times.

Please enjoy this Wellspring Podcast of Tintype Photography with Stephen Brûlé.

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The Creative Path to a Short Story

How do writers come up with story ideas?  There are as many answers to that question as there are writers. Some call upon their muse for sparks of imagination while others attribute their creative flow to a rigid work routine.  For me, story ideas originate from perpetual curiosity, an open mind and synchronicity. These elements all played a role creative process that lead to my short story,  Everything They Are Not.
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Feeling Nostalgic–Walking the Forest with Whitman

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I recently pushed away from my desk in favour of a walk in the forest with Whitman. The deadline to finish my novel looms, but a part of me called out the restorative time in nature. The October air was cool against my cheek that day and the earthy smell of fallen leaves ever present. The sumacs had turned blood red and the poplar leaves became shimmering coins against the sky.

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Feeling Nostalgic — Slowing Down and Savouring the Moment

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Eddie Cantor said, “Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast. You also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ” I am usually mindful of his advice,  but life can become a runaway horse. Even when the source of busyness is something I enjoy, I sometimes I have to take life by the reins and call, “Whoah!” Continue reading “Feeling Nostalgic — Slowing Down and Savouring the Moment”

Feeling Nostalgic — Good Conversation

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Seeking Inspiration — Writer’s Brain + Gym = Creative Solutions

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A writer’s brain is a tornado of thoughts. Some scenes and stories remain trapped in the vortex, while other bits of dialogue and character details fling out at unpredictable times.

When I first began writing, I devoured article after article recommending  strategies to summon the writing fairies. The little winged wonders would only hover above the page, dropping words there if I graphed, plotted, and performed any other myriad of detailed steps. These time prescribed strategies didn’t fit me. I don’t think in a straight line. I think in a combination of frolicking sideways leaps, forward bounds, and pirouettes. Continue reading “Seeking Inspiration — Writer’s Brain + Gym = Creative Solutions”

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