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Kathryn MacDonald

A Breeze You Whisper

Calla & Édourd

The Farm & City Cookbook

Kathryn MacDonald

Kathryn MacDonald is a writer, photographer, and workshop facilitator.

Kathryn is the author of three books: A Breeze You Whisper (2011), a poetry collection that explores relationships, time, and change. The fiction, Calla & Édourd (2009), “is a lament for that which is passing and that which is past,” wrote Alistair MacLeod (author of No Great Mischief, winner of many awards including the Dublin Literary Award). Her first book-length publications was The Farm & City Cookbook (1994), co-authored with Mary Lou Morgan, a collection of essays, along with recipes using local, fresh ingredients. Currently, Kathryn is putting the finishing touches on a poetry manuscript currently titled Blue: The Colour of Distance.

You’ll discover “Eclectic Reviews” on her website: https://KathrynMacDonald.com. She reads like a writer, leading to reviews that provide impressions and sometimes “take-aways” for budding writers.

Kathryn has taught both credit and personal interest courses through Loyalist College (live and online over 16 years). In addition, she has facilitated short, weekend, and week-long workshops. Current workshops are featured on her website, just click on “Workshops and Events” for details.

Kathryn’s travel blog Adventures Over Land and Sea, features her journeys across the Caribbean Sea from St. Martin to Cuba (for three seasons, 2014-2016) and across the Gulf of Mexico to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The sailing continues along the north shore Lake Ontario. But the traveling began before that: Between 2010 and 2016, Kathryn travelled extensively in East and North Africa, plus Andalusia, Spain, and Mexico.

She is a past-editor of Key to Kingston magazine and previously on the editorial staff of Harrowsmith and Equinox magazines, as well of managing editor of a small publishing house. In addition, Kathryn has ghost-written reports, speeches, and the like. She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada and Quinte Arts Council.


Reading/Presentation/Workshop Descriptions

Kathryn is available across Canada for public readings of her writing, and she is willing to talk about the writing process and work-in-progress. She welcomes opportunities to meet with readers and writers at all levels. And she especially enjoys meeting with writing groups.

Participatory presentations and workshops include topics such as:

Writing Your Passion: Writing Place (Part 1); Writing Character (Part 2)

These two workshops are each given over four Monday evening this fall (Part 1 begins September 11, 2017) at the Belleville Public Library. For details and registration information please see Kathryn’s website.

Telling Our Stories:

Offered as a two-hour presentation, or a weekend-long writing workshop. Participants are provided a handout or workbook of ideas, strategies, and encouragement that leads to inspiration or, for workshop people, a short creative memoir and a skillset to carry forward. Besides group work and sharing, writers receive individual feedback to guide and direct.

Writing Foreign: in this travel writing workshop – a brief two-hour overview to a weekend of trying your hand, to a 10-day travel experience – participants will explore such topics as:

  • Finding Your Voice
  • Capturing Place
  • Writing People and Culture
  • Nitty Gritty (from research to the literary toolbox)
  • Movement (from the known world into the unknown and back again)

Relevant here is the work Kathryn did in a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)-Queen’s University program in development education (1986-1992).

Kathryn offers schools and groups two-to-four hour participatory workshop/presentations with “Talking Fantasy Literature” topics such as:

  • Fantasy in our Lives
  • Portals we Cross
  • Through the Unknown
  • Magic of Change

This could be followed by a Tapping Your Fantasy writing workshop.

Kathryn taught 14-week-long fantasy literature for credit to prospective library technicians and to teachers upgrading, in addition to general-interest students (through Loyalist College and Ontario Learn online, 15 years). She has also taught fantasy writing at the college level.


Kathryn enjoys travelling, sailing, hiking, photography, and sketching. Born in Southwestern Ontario, Kathryn has lived in Ottawa, Winnipeg, and rural Eastern Ontario. Her home is now in Belleville on the Bay of Quinte. Kathryn holds a B.A. from the University of Windsor and an MPA from Queen’s University, Kingston.

Contact information

Email: whiteoaksstudio@yahoo.com
Cell: 613-962-8373