Your highly participative and practical workshop I attended recently touched me to the core. Like all the other women who attended I was jumpstarted into memoir writing.
"Heather, Bless you! I hope you're still floating on all the love that beamed your way at the SCN conference. You certainly gave us all a lift in the example of who you are and how you live. Thank you...."
Down-to-Earth and funny as hell, Heather Summerhayes Cariou will keep you laughing and crying by turns as she imparts her own personal brand of hard-earned wisdom. A gifted and inspiring teacher and speaker, she knows how to handle the hard stuff, how to create a safe place for those exploring the depths of their own experiences. Unflinching and real, Heather mines the considerable wealth of her own experience to find those little pearls of wisdom that ring in your head long after she’s left the podium. Her theatrical training only adds to her natural gift for story telling, her flair for just the right word or turn of phrase delivered with an ease that makes you feel like your sitting across the kitchen table from your best friend while she spins yet another magical yarn. Even with dessert and coffee waiting, our audience just couldn’t let her go. A not-to-be-missed, must-see, must-hear blockbusting speaker with a heart of pure gold.
Lisa Shirah-Hiers, President, Storycircle Network for Women, Stories from the Heart Conference 2010
Selection of Comments from Participant Evaluations, Story Circle 2010 Conference:
I must thank you for giving such a rousing presentation. Attendees of the WRA event have written to tell me how much they enjoyed meeting you and hearing you speak. You spoke directly to them and they felt your honesty, passion and love for your art. Simply put, you were a hit!!
Julie Maloney, Women Reading Aloud
I was in one of your powerful memoir writing workshops at the recent Sleeping Giant Writers Festival in Thunder Bay. We are still buzzing about the terrific memoir workshops you gave! You awakened the writer in many people and showed us all the validity of our memories and experiences. You ignited the spark too in more jaded writers (such as myself) who were perhaps feeling that they had exhausted all their material and picked bare all the juiciest memories. So, a very long winded thank you for sharing all your gifts so openly and with such enthusiasm, Heather.
I just completed the evaluations done by the participants of the Thunder Bay Sleeping Giant Writers Festival. 24 people rated your workshop a "10" or better! The following are comments taken from the actual evaluations”
“Exercises were great, wish she wasx available to teach here all the time.
“She is amazing”
"More presenters like Heather – practical & moving presentation"
"Have 2 workshops for full 1 days – Heather would be perfect."
"Opportunities to write as part of presentation –
"Heather was a standout."