This past year, I have worked with Ayelet on a personal project, a memoir about culture and choice. Ayelet encouraged freedom in writing well as diligence and determination in a writing regime. As an aspiring author, I particularly enjoyed the examples Ayelet shared with us from her own writing experience, and found them an inspiration. She is working on a certificate in creative writing from the University of Guelph. Ayelet really shaped the piece, helping clarify the theme and warning me when I was making false or easy equivalences between disparate events. She was thorough and encouraging in assignment reviews, prompt in email correspondence, thoughtful in providing guidance on publishing, networking and performance reading.
I would have forgiven her if she had reneged on her offer. When I learned last summer that she would also be teaching Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Toronto, I signed up for that course, too. Her role in my writing practice is transformative, and I share that distinction with many people. Along with preparing them for the reading, she orchestrated and publicized the event itself. The teaching was engaging, and insightful. What sets Ayelet apart is her structure and discipline in introducing the craft of writing.
Her deep understanding of the narrative craft has moved my writing forward with wonderful results. Her input on my writing was invaluable and helped move my project forward. She was methodical, organized and prepared for every session.
She writes mainly poetry and short fiction, both of which have appeared in Room Magazine. She writes creative non-fiction and fiction. I first met Ayelet when she taught the Creative Writing Through Reading course offered under the creative writing certificate program at the University of Guelph.
To my mind, this is what a teacher needs to do — teach the rules then give permission to break them. As an aspiring author, I particularly enjoyed the examples Ayelet shared with us from her own writing experience, and found them an inspiration. From soup to nuts, Ayelet was essential.
When I learned last summer that she would also be teaching Creative Non-Fiction uotf the University of Toronto, I signed up for that course, too. Her role in my writing practice is transformative, and I share that distinction with many people. A full-time writer and editor for almost 30 years, he has written about arts, culture, science, technology, history, books and university affairs.
Ayelet really shaped the piece, helping clarify the theme and warning me when I was making false or easy equivalences between disparate events. Ayelet is respectful of me as a writer and of the work I offer for review. I now approach everything from scene to sentences cedtificate a much greater understanding of craft, and I feel that my abilities took a significant step forward under her tutelage. Ayelet is an astute reader not just of words but of character.
She is working on a certificate in creative writing from the University of Guelph. Her stories have been published in various anthologies, and she was awarded Honorary Mention and a scholarship to the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference in One night last winter, Ayelet shared a page of one-line prompts for an in-class writing exercise.
Testimonials – Ayelet Tsabari
I was invited to the Victoria Writers Festival as a writer and panelist, an experience largely due to my mentorship with Ayelet. In her reckless youth, she moved to Europe, ran away with the circus, and studied drama in London. At that point last spring, the course had ended — and not only was Ayelet preparing for delivery of her debut collection, but she was also readying herself for delivery of her first child.
She demonstrated compassion for her students and a genuine desire to see everyone improve. We all wanted to take the courses only if Ayelet was the instructor.
Along with preparing them for the reading, she orchestrated and certifkcate the event itself. She also provided useful tools to overcome the potential pitfalls in my writing.
Ayelet made me dig deeper to find the truth in my writing and helped me to find my voice, which became more clear and confident. She described the rules, but at the same time, emphasized that creativity need not be constrained by rules.
Lindsey Robinson grew up in Ottawa and currently lives in Guelph. Visit him at www. Her enthusiasm for writing and reading is contagious.
The first course has become the highlight of my week. The course was well-paced, and employed the right balance of relevant examples, hands-on exercises and instruction. Andrew Vowles is a writer living in Guelph. Sandra is former corporate executive who after twenty five years in a high tech computer industry decided to creahive her creative side with writing.