Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Check out my new short story, "Talking On the Wall," in Carte-Blanche Issue 16.  It's based on my work teaching creative writing to mothers in prison.


Enjoy the creative work in Issue 16.  I'd welcome your comments.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Rosedale Writing Studio


A Fiction Workshop With Ami Sands Brodoff

This workshop is open to adult writers with a longing to carve out space in their lives for creative writing, and for active writers seeking in-depth critique and guidance for future work. Work intensively with Ami, an award-winning novelist and short story author, on developing your craft and your portfolio of stories, or plunge in and start that novel you've been meaning to write.

Warm, supportive atmosphere. Catalysts and springboards will help to get your creative juices flowing.

Each student will receive an individual conference at the end of the workshop. Refreshments served in front of a blazing fire.

Eight Weeks, Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m. October 15th-December 3rd.
NDG location

Workshop fee: $225, payable to the instructor, which will reserve your place.

Registration Open: Please contact Ami at: (514)-481-5270

For more information about Ami, check out her website at Amisandsbrodoff.com Hope to see you at the first class!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Join Me At The Yellow Door!

Come on out to The Yellow Door on Thursday May 17th for an evening of music, prose and poetry. Doors open at 7 and it promises to be a varied and stimulating line-up, including Ian Ferrier and Alice Petersen.

I'll be sharing new work! Hope to see you there.


3625 Aylmer, Montreal (between Pine & Prince Arthur) 514-845-2600

Producer Ilona Martonfi 514-939-4173
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Doors 7:00 pm Reading 7:30 pm At the door $5

An evening of Poetry, Prose & Music:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Residency at Fundacion Valparaiso

Here are some images from my stay in Mojacar, Spain at Fundacion Valparaiso where I'm in residence with some great artists and writers and hard at work on my novel-in-progress, Faraway Nearby.

Monday, January 9, 2012

An Imminent Journey

I will soon journey to Spain for a month's residency at Fundacion Valparaiso on the Costa del Sol. Once there, I will be living and working with seven other artists and writers from around the world. My project is the novel, Faraway Nearby, about three orphans whose lives intersect on the island of Malta, one of whom is a Libyan migrant. I hope to become deeply immersed in my story and characters, thanks to the concentrated focused attention and the break from quotidian cares and responsibilities that this fellowship generously provides. Once a year, I become an outlaw Mom and rediscover myself out of my usual context.

The retreat was founded in 1989 by the Danish artist, Paul Beckett and his wife, Beatrice. It sits on the edge of terraced almond, orange and olive groves with a view of the Sierra Cabrera and the white hilltop village of Mojacar. The residence was a former olive oil mill house.

The area is a hiker's paradise and is just 4 km from the sea. I'm looking forward to daily walks and explorations. Andalucian cities such as Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla are a bus-ride away. So when I'm not writing, I'll be taking excursions and learning more about Espana.

I was last in Spain at the age of 16 when I lived with a Spanish family in Zamora for a summer, immersing myself in their daily life and world. They ran a fish stall at the local market and welcomed me with warmth, as a member of their family. One sister, my age, worked in a pastry factory, their oldest son laid down bathroom tile and served as my fiercest protector, warding off any interest from male admirers, and their "baby," eight years old was my constant companion. I came home fluent in Spanish and in love with Spain.

Though it's taken me forty years to manage a return trip, I'm grateful and incredibly excited about this opportunity.

I am getting ready for my journey now, packing and planning, and practicing my Spanish. Be sure to check this space for news and pictures of my adventure.