Seminar or Lecture

Sue Reynolds’ TEDx Talk: “Writing Our Way Out of Trouble”


The fantastic Stouffville TEDx Team: Dr. Jane Philpott, Eileen Nicolle, and Julie Weiss asked me to be part of this year’s TEDx Stouffville, along with 5 other fantastic presenters. The video editing team has worked their magic, and the result can be seen below.

To see the other inspiring talks from that day, please go to the TEDxStouffville website and click on the individual presenter’s names.


2010 10 02 Writing Erotica – a short workshop at WORDSTOCK in Toronto

2919740There are few places in our writing more fearful to most of us than writing about sex. What will our mothers think? And what if our characters are the kinds of people who do things that we would never! Not in our wildest! How do we write about that and make it believable?

thick ink starWhere do we draw the line between revealing just enough to tantalize but not so much that readers cover their eyes? Or worse – close the covers all together.

Join James Dewar and Susan Lynn Reynolds for an exploration of the continuum of sexuality in writing from romance to pornography and all the delightfully erotic places to linger between those two poles.


We were delighted to be asked to do this presentation at the WORDSTOCK conference this year.

For more information about what’s on at Wordstock, click the link below to download the brochure.

WORDSTOCK Brochure 2010


Seminars on Thursday Afternoons in September

James Dewar and Susan Lynn Reynolds are pleased to announce that they will be offering 4 consecutive afternoon seminars sponsored by Durham Lifelong Learning at the Whitby Public Library next month.


Sept. 9th: Love Songs – Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

The tumultuous tragic story of the marriage of poet Sylvia Plath to Britain’s poet laureate Ted Hughes ended in Sylvia’s famous suicide. The Poetry of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath will be read and discussed by the two presenters to demonstrate how art mimics life and death.

Sept. 16th: Reading as Writers:

We have all had the experience of being captured by a book, unable to put it down and being sorry when it’s over. But how is this done? What elements are essential to capture and hold a reader’s interest? In this seminar the two presenters explore the key aspects of what makes a great story.

Sept. 23rd: I Hate Poetry

Enjoy a humorous visit with language’s oldest art form, poetry. Until the invention of the printing press the most common method of remembering old stories and legends was to recreate them as poems. Reciting poetry was once a common evening pastime. What happened?! This seminar hopes to energize participants to enjoy poetry once again.

Sept. 30th: Full Disclosure – The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Expression.

Research has indicated that there are very real mental and physical health benefits derived from writing down what distresses and dismays you. This seminar reveals how writing can be an effective therapeutic technique.

Where: Whitby Public Library, Dundas Street, Whitby, Conference Room 1B.

When: 1:00 to 3:00 on Thursdays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

Cost: If spaces are available, non registrants may attend for $30.00 per Seminar. (Members of Durham Lifelong Learning pay an annual fee to attend these and several other events offered throughout the year.)

To learn more about Durham Lifelong Learning please visit

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