I have always been a writer, so I will be what I am, and I will write.

I will write to release, to evoke emotions in others, to make someone laugh, or cry, to feel, something, anything.

I will write what others are afraid to speak of.

I will write to give a voice to those who cannot speak.

It will be dark, and emotional, and intimate like Sylvia Plath.

It will be full of suffering and irony, a voice for the victims, a way to speak out against social injustices, like Margaret Atwood.

It will be contemporary, confessional, and lyrical, because that is how I am most comfortable expressing myself.

It will be free verse and stream of consciousness, because that will allow me the freedom to emote, confess and articulate thoughts and feelings without constraint.

I will write for myself and what I write will be me.


About Laurie Gardiner

Laurie has loved writing as long as she can remember. Her first published work, “'Til Death Do Us Part,” placed first in the 1997 Cambridge Writers’ Collective short story contest. Her latest works include short stories, “Retribution" and "Thief," appearing respectively in Scout Media's 2016 and 2017 anthologies, A Journey of Words and A Haunting of Words. Over the years, her poetry has also been published in various anthologies. Her debut novel, Tranquility, published in 2015, by Escargot Books and Music, was inspired by her work as a personal support worker specializing in dementia care. In 2015, she graduated with honors from Conestoga College’s Creative Writing program. She’s a Canadian, an avid reader, a yogi, and a Gemini. She grew up on a farm in remote northern Ontario, and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband and cat.
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