Stories are contagious. When you hear someone tell a story, it often reminds you of a story of your own. This is one of the reasons why we love literature. It reminds us of our own lives.
With this in mind, Kathryn Mockler designs writing prompts based on anecdotes, dreams, stories from her life. This is a technique she uses in the undergraduate classes she teaches and gets terrific results.
Prompts will be updated regularly.
"Kathryn Mockler makes students' writing come alive." - Western News
She is the author of the poetry books Some Theories (ST Press. 2017), The Purpose Pitch (Mansfield Press, 2015), The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012), and Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011). Her writing has been published in Public Pool, The Butter, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Found Press, and Geist. Currently, she is the Toronto Editor of Joyland: a hub for short fiction and the Publisher of the online literary and arts journal The Rusty Toque.
In 2005, she attended the Canadian Film Centre's Writers' Lab and wrote two short films for the NBC/Universal Short Dramatic Film Program. She has seven shorts films and videos produced to date.
Her work has been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo and has screened at festivals such as the Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series, Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Festival, Worldfest, Cinequest, and EMAF. Her films are distributed by Ouat Media, V-tape, and the Canadian Film Centre. She provides script analysis for major production companies and funding agencies in Canada.
Kathryn has taught creative writing, poetry, screenwriting, experimental writing since 2003 at four post secondary institutions.
She currently teaches creative writing at Western University where she won the Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The poetry and fiction she's published has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, The Journey Prize, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.
Her undergraduate creative writing students have published in Vallum, Ditch, Poetry is Dead, The Malahat Review, and many other journals.
And they've gone on to study creative writing and screenwriting at Columbia University, University of Southern California, UBC, Guelph-Humber, Humber Film and Television Program, York University, University of Toronto, University of New Brunswick, and University of Victoria.
Find out more about Kathryn Mockler on her website.