Meet Our (National) Members: Kari-Lynn Winters

Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning children’s author, playwright, performer, and academic scholar. Sixteen of her picture or poetry books have been published or are in press. An experienced teacher of writing, she has worked with students across Canada and the United States. Kari-Lynn is an assistant professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. More information about Kari-Lynn can be found at www.kariwinters.com

Describe your workspace.

A Caribbean themed office. Not too big. Ocean blue walls.

Describe a typical workday.

5am-8am writing
9-5 workday at Brock
6-8 some sort of exercise (e.g., volleyball, walk) and/or socializing (e.g., with family or friends)
9-11 relax time

List three of your most favourite things in your workspace and why they are meaningful.

The painting of Grenada my boyfriend bought me, my vision board, and my display of books. These three things remind of the abundance of life and how lucky I am to be an author.

Do you have any rituals in your work habits?

Yes. Tea and chocolate help me focus. MMMM.

What do you listen to while you work?

Silence.

What is your drink and/or snack of choice while you’re working?

Mint tea…warm or cold. Dairy Milk chocolate.

How do you develop your story ideas? Do you use an outline, let the muse lead you, or another technique?

I think for a long time. Then do research. Then write. I rewrite as my main muse. I rethink and rewrite and rewrite…etc.

If you were forced to share your workspace but could share it with anyone of your choosing, who would it be?

Mo Willems (if I had to…lol)  I do love his work!

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve heard or received?

Get used to edits. They are sweet gifts.

Thanks to Jennifer Chambliss Bertman for the use of her Creative Spaces interview questions.

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