Karen Connelly
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WriteLife is launched . . .

Thank you to the participants of the first WriteLife Seminar, held on December 2nd, “The Word as Gift”.

Building on a quarter of a century of meditation, education, and narrative therapy work, it’s wonderful to be gathering together expertise and experience to move in a brand new direction not only as a writer but as a woman, a citizen, a thinker. I’m grateful to the first participants in the seminar, who ranged from professionally published writers and journalists to sex workers to carpenters to professors.

WriteLife Seminars are not exactly writing workshops. Though they yield embodied, living words—what many writers seek in their work—they’re more personal and more tender than writing workshops. The work we do in WriteLife is about self-discovery and healing through language. I build on Narrative Therapy techniques and incorporate somatic various grounding techniques, including OEI, Observed Experiential Observation. OEI is a body and brain-centred therapy developed by Audrey Cook and Rick Bradshaw. I am certified to practice the first level of this powerful work and I look forward to being fully certified. I am also currently a therapist-in-training in a Masters level counselling and psychotherapy program.

I’ve been doing ‘informal’ therapy with writing clients and friends for many years. But I am now formalizing and deepening this important work, bounding it ethically and calling it what it is.

I offer affordable private WriteLife and OEI therapy in person, by telephone, and online by Zoom and Skype.

Please contact me at karen@karenconnelly.ca if you are interested in a preliminary consultation.


Yes, I still edit work privately—I can’t seem to give it up. I think I will always love working with other writers to develop their manuscripts. I can accept up to TWO more book manuscripts to edit this WINTER: from February on. I prefer to work on relatively strong manuscripts that are past ‘the sentence stage’ of development. These are books (and writers) in need of serious editorial direction but already at a relatively high level of craft.

For others with manuscripts at an earlier stage, I also advise writers through the Humber School in January, 2019.

Blessings to everyone this holiday season.

Blessings on small gifts.

May all beings, including you and me, be free from suffering.


Some bookish gift ideas:

To Bless the Space Between Us, by John O’Donohue

The Book of Runes (and a set of runes) by Ralph Blum

The Change Room, by Karen Connelly —- something to heat up these cold winter days (I’m happy to send you any signed book, just get in touch!)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (my favourite Canadian novel at the moment)

How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen and Listen so Your Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

If the Buddha Dated/Married/Had Kids—-any of Charlotte Kasl’s excellent books about various stages of life

And the old standby by Harriet Lerner: The Dance of Fear and The Dance of Intimacy

A Glance in . . . The Change Room, my new novel, on sale the week of April 10, 2017. This book will make you laugh . . . and provoke other physical reactions . . . I hope this is the first of many my friends . . .




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