Bio

Marn Norwich

I hold a degree in magazine journalism from Ryerson University and have been writing, editing and teaching professionally for the past 24 years. I’ve freelanced for a wide range of publications including the Globe and Mail and the Georgia Straight. I’ve worked in an assortment of staff positions for publications, from reporter for a Toronto inner city newspaper and features writer for a Guelph newspaper to co-editorial coordinator for a national women’s newspaper.

I’ve had the benefit of writing creatively with the support of Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council grants.

In 2005, I formalized my editorial business with Inkcat Media & Associates. In 2014, Inkcat became Vancouver Writing Courses to include the teaching element of my work.

My editorial clients are colleges, businesses, nonprofits, artists, inventors, students and emerging and professional writers. Since 2011, one of my main clients has been the Canadian Federation of Co-operative Housing. Marninorwich.com hosts my portfolio and is dedicated to describing my writing, editing and consulting services.

In 2008, I published my poetry collection, Wildflowers at my doorstep (Karma Press).  In 2009, Wildflowers won a silver medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards.

I’ve taught creative writing through  Emily Carr University of Art + Design and currently teach through Langara College  and onsite for businesses and organizations. These have included Vancouver General Hospital and the Vancouver Public Library. I’ve also taught for disenfranchised groups at a women’s shelter, in the downtown eastside, at a drop in for psychiatric survivors and in BC prisons.

In 1988, I became a certified shiatsu practitioner, supplementing the course with studies in Healing Touch, Reiki, reflexology and body centred energy counselling. I practiced shiatsu and taught acupressure for self-care for five years. My current practice is focused on energy work and pet-reiki, and I run Vancouver Pet Reiki with my dear friend and business partner, Sandra Ainsley. The client-centred approach of these modalities has increased my capacity to be sensitive to the needs of my students as I support them to explore their creativity through writing.

In many ways, my writing for recovery classes represent the culmination of my skills in teaching, writing and healing. I feel I am in a position to offer the best of my abilities by bringing a healing intention to these writing classes, while encouraging expression and creative exploration.

My studies in energy therapy have led me to see that we each experience addiction in one form or another.  While I have not personally experienced drug or alcohol addiction, my partner, Michael, struggled with alcoholism for years before quitting in 2013. Our ongoing dialogue about his experience as an addict and in recovery continues to deepen my understanding of this complex process.

“Marni’s writing genius comes from some deep connection to The Goddess. It is practical, spare, incisive, grounded and always uplifting. Her spoken word pulls us with the imperative, Listen, and is impossible not to.”

Dave Dumaresq, Vancouver playwright