One thing I can say for certain, and with passion, is that when I finally took time away from the never ending whirl of ventilators, drugs, patients, surgeons, nurses, scrubs, a swelling pregnant belly and aching feet, to reignite my passion for the creative written word, my world changed. It’s a big statement, but it’s true. The evenings after class, standing on the subway platform on my way home, my heart and soul would be full – a good full. Not that kind of aching, uncomforable full, but something completing and whole. It was a fullness I had not experienced for a while. I would look forward to evenings with those women who inspired me to laughter, tears, fear, joy and a myriad of other emotions, and who through their writing and love have – albeit reluctantly – allowed me to call myself a writer.
Writer, Mother, Physician, Seeker
I happened upon an ad for Firefly Creative Writing just as I was thinking about trying to find a writing course. What timing! The space Chris created was welcoming, warm, encouraging and fun! When I began I was self conscious about sharing my work, especially writing that was very personal, but the environment Chris created was one that allowed me to take more risks and to feel confident as I found my voice. Thank you!
Social Worker, Mom
This has been amazing. I never thought I would be doing what I’m doing here, mush less have accomplished what I’ve accomplished. You have helped me to open and walk through so many doors and you have introduced me to a part of myself I thought I’d lost many years ago.
Software developer and surprised writer
What I loved about the Monthly Memoirs class was the comfortable creative atmosphere in Danette’s space. I loved meeting woman of different ages and backgrounds and getting to know them through the very intimate and very vulnerable experience of sharing our personal stories through creative writing. I felt encouraged and excited and I also felt capable, and through the thing that scares me the most (sharing my writing), I became less afraid. It was an incredibly nourishing eight months and I can’t wait for my next Firefly class to begin!
Chris has a radiance that transcends the physical. In the on-line class I took, her passion for her students’ progress coursed through the cyber lines so that we felt her support and her caring, allowing us to explore deeply. Clearly she LOVES writing and loves to share the experience with her students. I found myself acknowledging that love which made me a better writer and transformed me as a person. Chris offers (and is) what this world needs more of — genuine, sincere, and full of love. Open yourself to her calm, soothing voice and your creativity will soar.
What a fun, creative and productive class! Keep Your Pen Moving helped kick-start my writing, using practical and innovative exercises. Britt as a facilitator was bright, inviting, intuitive and supportive. Her enthusiasm in presenting new approaches to writing was wonderful. Her feedback was kind and useful. I always felt safe in sharing my pieces.
Writer at Large
Taking a course with Firefly is what gave me the push to pursue my writing dreams. I have been writing consistently since the course ended and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I actually FEEL like a writer now.
The summer writing retreat was a safe space that let me shed my roles and responsibilities and just be present with everything within and around. I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to write words as they came, and to let thoughts and emotions express themselves into unplanned structures without my mind trying to contain or define them. I left the retreat smiling and exhilarated like having just spent a weekend with group of friends full of laughter, tears, warmth, sharing, creative sparks around the camp fire and vivacious storytelling.
Before meeting Chris, I had a binder full of journal notes and a few short stories that I wanted to form into a travel memoir book. Feeling overwhelmed, Chris immediately created a warm, supportive environment as we worked to clarify the overall theme and goals for the book. As a writing coach she had amazing insight and understanding of the creative process, and provided lots of encouragement during the long, bumpy road of writing and publishing my first book. I could not have accomplished this project without her support.
I was in a period when my body went cold. I had health problems, I was disconnecting from my work, I felt lost. I loved to write, but did not feel like a “real writer” and then I found Firefly advertised on the now-closed Women’s bookstore website. When I sat at Chris’s table I immediately felt solidarity with her. She is kind, fierce and an ally. With her encouragement, facilitation and wonderful teaching style she gave me the courage to write, grow and explore. These classes have given me a way to say my words out loud, meet other great writers and most importantly understand my capacity as a writer. They’ve has given me the space to write for many people, but most importantly because it makes me feel good.
Salma Fatima Saadi
Social worker, writer
Firefly team are a special breed of ‘home’ on so many levels. I’ve participated in workshops both in person and online and I have always felt the comforting and reassuring nudge into my creative self that I so desperately needed and wanted. Aside from the amazing environment and community that they foster, the firefly coaches have helped me move forward from an unsure pen-abandoner to a writer with my own writing-related startup business. What a gift they have, to be able to bring writers back home to their creatives souls.
Co-owner, Magnetree Books
There are so many things to love about a Firefly course. One of my favorites is all of the possible ways into a story that Chris, Danette and Britt reveal, with exercises and laughter and kind feedback. Ideas are like seedlings, they grow in the right environment. This team fosters and celebrates diversity of voice. I’m a better writer for having taken this class, and I’m excited at what happens next.
Melanie Faith Campbell
The Coming Home to Writing class helped me put on new glasses so I could see Me — the writer Me that is audacious, spunky, authentic and full of important truth. I am grateful for the sweet space that Chris creates to make this happen.
Website Designer & WordPress Coach
Pink Bubble Gum Websites
There’s some kind of magic that happens at a Firefly session. I haven’t quite figured out what it is. I just know that I go in to a Firefly class thinking I have nothing to say. Then I get my cue to write, and I still have nothing to say. But I put my pen to paper anyway, and by sheer force of will get it to move, slowly at first and then gradually picking up speed so that mere minutes later it seems I’ve created something out of nothing. I’m not sure how it happens, this conjuring, but it does, and it surprises me each and every time. Maybe it’s the baked things. Or the wonderful coaches. Or maybe it really is magic. Thanks for the magic, Firefly.
Radio Producer, CBC
“Coming Home to Writing” is, by far, one of the best online writing courses I’ve ever taken. There is something about this class and its structure that is special and unlike anything else I’ve experienced. The writing prompts pushed me into new material that I’d been avoiding. Being able to see and hear Chris live, and then sharing the work in real time with the group, made it all feel especially personal and intimate.
Writer, mother, freelance creative
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this workshop and went in a little nervous, but I left feeling like spaces had opened up inside me that I never knew existed. Chris and her team did an extraordinary job. This workshop has done so much for my writing and the creative spark inside me. I can’t say enough good things about it!
The Blog Shop was fantastic. I made new friends, and found courage and inspiration in both the instruction and the forum. The workbook is a gem, and I will be referring to it on an ongoing basis. The exercises helped me get clear on what I want to write about, which was different than what I had thought!
I’d been unsure of the online format of the workshop – I’m a real classroom learner – but I ended up loving it. The pre-package had me perfectly prepared, and it felt intimate and personal. Thank you Firefly Creative Team! I plan on recommending this to basically everyone I know!
Photographer, owner, Sweetheart Empire
What Firefly Creative Writing does is nothing short of miraculous.
International Transitions Adviser,
University of Toronto