Saroo Sharda

Writing Workshop Facilitator


Saroo has been writing stories for as long as she can remember.

Her family fondly recollects her childhood stories and plays, written on scrap pieces of paper, in notebooks, and rendered to all willing to hear.

These days Saroo’s writing is influenced by her roles as mother, physician, wife, writer, spiritual seeker, confidant and connector, as well as by her cultural roots, which are embedded in England, India, Kenya and Canada. Nothing is more special for her than helping people realize that their words are important, that those words have a sacred place in the world. Saroo pays attention to detail and remembers the seemingly inconsequential moments of peoples’ writing and lives.

Saroo is in awe of how writing can empower us and create clarity amidst chaos. Her own writing is rooted both in mysticism and every day questions. She writes about medicine (her article “The Forgotten Physician” was recently published in the Globe and Mail), spirituality, and family in all its complexity, messiness and wonder.  Currently she’s working on stories of the women who went before her, untold stories which she wants to bring forward from silence, into their true and painful beauty.

She holds a Masters in Education and is an Anesthesiologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University. She did her Firefly Creative Writing facilitator training in 2017.

Saroo continues to seek to understand herself and her world through writing. A perfect Saturday for her would include sleep, nature, cooking way too much food for a dinner party, drinking numerous cups of tea, arranging flowers in misshapen jars and snuggles with her kids as they fall asleep.

What clients are saying…


Saroo is amazing at creating a welcoming environment, and in modelling both vulnerability and creativity in a super powerful way. She held us and our stories with such grace. Her feedback was kind and insightful, and helped me see things in my writing that I’d never noticed before. Saroo delivered her comments in a way that helped me to see and appreciate myself as a writer. She inspired that feeling of belonging that makes Firefly so special.

Kat Dearham
Social Worker

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Saroo’s excellent facilitation gave a lot of room for strong, honest, heart-wrenching writing. It was wonderful to see someone who looked like me leading a writing workshop. Knowing she was a Firefly and a racialized woman, I immediately felt comfortable and safe, allowing her to guide me and let my words take up space in the room.

Salma Fatima Saadi
Social Worker, Writer


Saroo is a gentle, kind, thoughtful and genuinely present facilitator. She provided in-depth feedback, which was supportive and helpful. One of the best workshops I have attended.

Lorraine Lederer
Happy, Retired Traveler and Writer