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Excited about new CPOW books

I was excited to pick up these boxes — with their jewel-toned innards — today at the post office.  Our CPOW program is something that people are really taking to heart as an important piece of their writing toolkit and an essential part of daily living.

Overcome Writers’ Block

At Whistler Writers Fest, I talked about moving past writers’ block.  Our strategies to help us write are often reduced to mere word searches, but in truth, the reasons we’re not getting words on the page are complex and dynamic and tied to what’s going on in our lives.  So don’t blame your brain for being the top part of a human being, and don’t blame the words that simply won’t come to you.

Find Your Voice

CPOW is a way to find focus and joy and excitement — to find your voice as a writer. It uses the power and concentration of the journey of doodling to calm your brain and unleash the words that are inside you.

Find your way to our online store to find out more



CPOW Spring 2020


In this uncharted world of Covid 19, we are aware more than ever of the power of words to provide solace and strength, to share new knowledge, and to bind community even across great distance.

We are at work rescheduling our Spring 2020 workshops and reimagining our workshop on CPOW 1 in a digital format.

Stay tuned for more information on the release of more resources to keep you writing and to safeguard your thinking and drafting.

CPOW Workbook 2 — with streamlined instructions, and new cues and prompts

CPOW Workbook 3: Classroom and Homeschool Edition

Wordbank: Standalone Notebook


Contemplative Practice of Writing

Contemplative Practice of Writing: Workbook 1 is here!  Actually, CPOW 1 has been here since springtime, but I’ve been enjoying talking about it so much, I have been slow in getting it up on the blog.

This is a book that’s near and dear to my heart.  Well, it’s more than just a book.  It’s a workbook and primer too.  And it’s more than just close to my heart — it carries a little piece of it, I think.

I have been a colourer, a doodler, for many years now, and for me it is a way to think better, to work out ideas and connections.  It’s more than just a pastime or an extra, it’s an essential aid to thinking and a way to get with my own thoughts.

I worked with designer Kilmeny Jane Denny at Vivalogue to create this thing I’m so proud of.  At first she was a little lukewarm about CPOW , but she warmed up fast as it came together.  She’s a master — and the beauty and calm she infused in every page is part of its success.

What is CPOW?  It’s a way to begin with loose movements of your pen and to end with words.  It’s a hands-on introduction to a new way of gently focusing your mind and generating fresh thoughts in your very own word bank.  It works at home, and it works in the classroom.  Some people say that with CPOW they can’t stop writing.

We are just getting the buy links sorted out, and are making plans to unroll a series of CPOW evenings in the Lower Mainland.  Think of it: a few hours of calm, a glass of wine and CPOW.  Send me a note through the contacts page for more information.