PEI

Isabel Huggan encourages writers to be playful, start anywhere

Author Isabel Huggan is in Charlottetown on Saturday to host a writer's workshop on behalf of the P.E.I. Writer's Guild.

Author Isabel Huggan in Charlottetown on Saturday to host writer's workshop

The P.E.I. Writers' Guild is offering a writer's workshop on Saturday called Start Anywhere. (Lívia Cristina/Flickr)

As a young girl, Isabel Huggan loved the sound of words and writing poems and songs.

But as time moved on, Huggan also realized that writing wasn't an activity that could solely earn her a living. 

If you want to write, you don't have to sit and think really hard about how to begin- Isabel Huggan

"So, I've always had other jobs besides writing, but I always wrote," said Huggan.

Even though she thinks some people can make a living at writing, the prize-winning author still has another job — teaching writing.

On Saturday, Huggan will be passing on her knowledge of the craft in a writing workshop at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown. 

'I'm always involved'

"So, I'm always happy because I'm always involved, if with my own writing, with somebody else's," she said.

Huggan lives in France, but for the past 18 years, has worked for Humber College in Ontario through correspondence as a writing teacher and mentor.

Author Isabel Huggan is hosting a writer's workshop in Charlottetown on Saturday. (CBC)

Huggan's travelling and living in different places with her husband led to a memoir she wrote called Belonging.

"I really wanted to tell a little bit about my own life and what had happened to me and my search for home in different places," she said.

Start anywhere

Saturday's writer's workshop is organized by the P.E.I. Writers' Guild. 

"I strongly believe the real creativity comes from being playful and not having rules," Huggan said.

The workshop is called Start Anywhere.

"You can start anywhere. If you want to write, you don't have to sit and think really hard about how to begin," she said.

"There's lots of ways to open yourself up to starting. And, you might have to start again and start again. But that's part of the fun of it."

With files from Angela Walker