Upcoming Events:

January 2015: “Year of the Muse” Writing Retreat
A PULP Literature Event – January 9 to 11, Bowen Island, BC

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Make 2015 your Year of the Muse, and start if off by pampering her—and yourself—at this exclusive writing retreat on beautiful Bowen Island, BC. Located at the sumptuous Lodge at the Old Dorm in Snug Cove, this all-inclusive weekend includes luxury accommodation, transport to and from Vancouver, gourmet food, manuscript critiques and workshops with all three PULP Literature editors and me, guest presenter for the weekend. You’ll also have time to work on your own, walk in the woods, and enjoy the peace and beauty of this coastal island.

For workshop details, visit PULP Literature Calendar of Events.
To register, go to PULP Literature’s 2015 Kickstarter Campaign.


Past Events:

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Finding Your Visual Voice

Friday, October 24th, 1:30-3:00pm
This session will focus on The Art of Seeing as fuel for the writer’s creative fire. By drawing parallels to the artistic choices professional photographers make to create meaningful images, photographer and writer Sandra Vander Schaaf will lead several exercises designed to nurture the foundational skills of observation and reflection, enhance understanding of visual perception, explore the role of visual writing in character development and establishing the writer’s visual voice, and develop compositional skills. Participants will come away with a fresh understanding of how The Art of Seeing can infuse their writing with greater clarity, depth, and vitality.

Creating Photos for Blogs and Social Media

Sunday, October 26th, 11am-12:30pm
In the world of blogs and social media, writing is no longer only about words. Increasingly, writers are expected to include visuals of all sorts to engage the interest of often fickle internet surfers and it’s not enough to post a cellphone “selfie” every other day. This workshop will include a brainstorm session for participants to figure out exactly what sort of images would best complement their work and then move on to tips for creating these images. Sandra will also give tips on how to navigate the world of stock photography and what the rules are with regard to using copyrighted images.

For more information about the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, go to

July 2014: Embodied Artful Practices Symposium


Hosted by The Canadian Society for Dance Studies

Passionate Embrace:  Faith, Flesh, Tango – Photos from the Dance Floor
Exhibit, Room 4310, July 2-4

Cabaceo:  Photography & Dance
Digital Exhibit and Presentation, Room 4955, July 2, 3:15-4pm

Embodied Reflections:  Phenomenology of Movement Experience
Co-Presenter, with Karen Kurnaedy and Shannon Cuykendall, Room 4750, 9:00-10:30am

February 2014: The Artful Life – Documentary

The Artful Life from Regent College on Vimeo.

This documentary explores with three Regent alumnae the way that the call of faith and art coincide, the nature of the creative process, and both the glamour and struggle of creative work. Vania Levans is a singer-songwriter, Laura Rosengren is a visual artist and teacher, and Sandra Vander Schaaf is a writer and photographer.


February 2008: Captured By Art

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