WRITING Archives - Vicki McLeod
July 9, 2022
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All My Love, Alex: Second Prize Winner EVENT Literary Magazine

"In 1961 my mother committed my father to Crease Clinic, at what was then known as Essondale, the Hospital for the Mind. This was a euphemistic title for what is usually called a mental institution or lunatic asylum." This is the opening from All My Love, Alex, the second-prize winner in Event Poetry and Prose Magazine's 2021 Creative Non Fiction contest.
March 7, 2022

Journalling for Well-Being

Journalling offers us a simple and effective way to deepen our own processes. The relationship we have with ourselves is the one that drives and dictates the relationships we build with others and with the natural world we inhabit. We can learn, grow, expand, express and discover our deeper selves through the simple daily practice of putting pen to paper. In this post (and video) I serve up my best tips for journalling as a tool for wellbeing. 
January 25, 2022

Journalling as a Leadership Tool: Interview with Kathy Archer

Recently, I was invited to be a guest on the Surviving to Thriving podcast with Kathy Archer of Silver River Coaching. We took a deep dive into the many ways journalling can be used as a tool for leaders. Much of what we discussed can be applied to anyone in any walk of life. We offer three key insights, but honestly we cover so much more!
January 16, 2022
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Long Listed for the BC-Yukon Creative Nonfiction Prize

Leave With What You Came With is long listed for the BC Federation of Writers 2021 Literary Contest in the Creative Nonfiction category. This work is essentially a braided essay. It is a glimpse into the story of my father's institutionalization in a mental hospital in 1961.
January 5, 2022
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Passages: A Prose Poem

How do you tell time? What signals mark the significant passages in our lives? Weather, nature, the aging body. Time is its own poetry.
October 17, 2021
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Here, Little Fishy…

On a macro level, there is a big global change going on. Change happens on the micro level, too. Who is this stress-crafting woman, awake before light to swim in a frigid dawn, sewing as the midwinter afternoon darkens, crocheting by moonlight?
May 14, 2021

2020 BC-Yukon Flash Fiction Winner

My people came down from the mountains, brittle ghosts armed with blades and hacksaws. They were big eared, small-footed and had red-knuckled hands. They carried no expectations. The men were tough and canny, ready with violence, religiously upright, but secret drunks.
May 14, 2021

My Best Writing Tips: Interview with Steve Dotto

In this interview with Dottotech's Steve Dotto on the Grey Matters podcast, I share my best writing tips, including the rule of three's and how to stay focused and find the flow.