Who I am as a Workshop Facilitator

I have over 30 years experience in animating and facilitating interactive and inspirational workshops in writing, editing, and poetry writing, fiction and memoir.

I have worked with every age group and community, from Grade Two Classrooms to Seniors’ communities. I have been a “Poet in the Schools” throughout Ontario and all of Canada. I work with musicians as well, and have created a fundraiser music and poetry workshop that has been around Canada, from Cobalt out to Jasper; this has raised over $1600 for the Alzheimer Society of Canada alone.

I’m also certified in the Amherst Writers Method of facilitating workshops – a method with a 30+ year history of creating safe space to experiment and grow as a writer.

StillPoint Writing Workshops

Come for four hours of prompted writing in a safe, inspiring and strength-based circle with award-winning writer, editor, performer and workshop facilitator Kate Marshall Flaherty. We will use prompts, poetry, music, and surprises to spill words onto page and deepen craft organically, in the AWA Method, inspired by Pat Schneider, author of Writing Alone and With Others. Come with an open mind … leave with a full notebook!



180 Pickering St.
Toronto, ON
M4E 3J8

(click here for map and transit instructions)

StillPoint Editing Circle

Each participant is invited to send Katie a poem two weeks ahead of time to get focused feedback; then each participant comes to the editing circle bringing as many copies of that poem to the group as there are participants (usually 8, maximum).
Commentary is in the AWA Method. We will start by discussing what is already working well in the poem, look at craft elements, form, figurative language, etc. Then we will investigate what could be tightened up, improved, honed or pruned to make the poem the best possible version of itself. We will polish up the poem to be a gem that is worthy of publication or contest. We will learn sound editing practices through giving and receiving feedback And each participant goes home with extensive notes from Katie as well as from each participant in the group.

Click here to read testimonials about Kate’s poetry editing circles.


Contact Katie

Contact me if you’re interested in a workshop on writing, editing, performing, or you’re interested in a musical poetry fundraiser show.

You can also sign up here to receive very occasional email newsletters from me about new publications, readings, workshops, and retreats.

Schedule for Winter Spring 2020

Writing Workshops

for generating new material

Editing Workshops

for polishing existing pieces

January 12, Sunday, 11am-3pm
January 27, Monday, 11am-3pm
February 6, Thursday, 11am-3pm
February 9, Sunday, 11am-3pm
March 9, Monday, 11am-3pm
April 11, Saturday, 11am-3pm
May 11, Monday, 11am-3pm
June 7, Sunday, 11am-3pm

January 24, Friday, 11am-3pm

March 22, Sunday, 11am-3pm

May 17, Sunday, 11am-3pm

June 8, Monday, 11am-3pm

Pricing: $75 per 4 hour workshop (includes home-cooked lunch)
(sliding scale available if you are a student or need financial assistance – contact Katie to inquire)