Margaret with her mother & sister in Halifax
Margaret grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the '70s and '80s. She attended Dalhousie University, majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Languages. With a Bachelor's degree in hand, she lived and worked in Germany as a Zimmermadchen, before completing a Translation degree in Quebec and becoming an ESL instructor and freelance translator.
A born writer, she entertained family and friends with stories from early childhood and wrote her first novella during summer break at age 12. She continued to write, in English and French, throughout her twenties, and in 2001 she moved to Victoria to complete her first novel. Since then she has written two more books and a large selection of short stories.
Margaret has over a dozen years experience working in the communications field, working as an editor, writer and consultant. She has taken a number of creative writing classes and has attended conferences and workshops in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Her work has been published in Canadian and American literary journals as well as a British anthology.
2012-13 Fiction mentorship at Humber School of Writers
2010 Workshops at Port Townsend Writers’ Conference (Sam Ligon, Deborah Poe and Sayantani Dasgupta)
2009 Advanced Fiction course at Arvon Foundation (Anne MacLeod and Niall Griffiths)
2008 Short fiction course at Victoria School of Writing (Daniel Griffin)
2006 Short story course at VSW
2003 Novel workshop at Booming Ground, UBC
2002 Work-in-progress workshop at VSW
2000 Creative writing class at Langara College (Karen X. Tulchinsky)
1999 Beginner's writing class at Langara College
2001-18 member of B.C. Federation of Writers
2010-14 member of Victoria Writers’ Society
2016-18 member of the Canadian Authors Association
April-May 2012 Dorland Mountain Arts Retreat, CA
November 2014 Dorland Mountain Arts Retreat, CA