Writing with Tenderness

July 20 - July 21


This is a 2-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.

Writing with Tenderness

Writing with Tenderness

A tenderness practice can change the way you interact with your own writing. It can change the way you relate to your personal stories, your past, your trauma, and your lineage.

In this workshop, Heather Plett will draw on wisdom from her new book, Where Tenderness Lives: On healing, liberation, and holding space for oneself, to guide writers in developing more tender relationships with their writing (and with themselves). Participants will do a variety of writing exercises, embodiment practices, and group processes that will support them in diving deeper into their own narratives and finding the nuggets of wisdom within.

Heather will teach about the revolutionary nature of Tenderness as a practice. She’ll invite an exploration into the ways that our relationships with ourselves (and with others) have been informed by a culture shaped by capitalism and patriarchy – a culture addicted to the 5 Ps (Performance, Productivity, Punishment, Policing, and Purity). By practicing Tenderness in their writing, participants will have an opportunity to disrupt those patterns and find a new way of being.

Whether you are writing with the intent of getting published or writing in your journal for your own self-reflection and healing, this workshop will support you in more authentic truth-telling and tenderness.


  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: A desire to be a writer

Price: $372

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.


Heather Plett is the author of the award-winning book The Art of Holding Space: A Practice of Love, Liberation, and Leadership and the new book, Where Tenderness Lives: On Healing, Liberation, and Holding Space for Oneself. She is also the co-founder of the Centre for Holding Space. She is an international speaker, facilitator, writer, and life-long learner and her work has been translated into a dozen languages and referenced in such notable publications as Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today.

Click here to read more about HEATHER PLETT

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MISSA Course Withdrawal & Refund Policy

All requests for course withdrawals and/or accommodation cancellations must be made through MISSA’s online form. Requests made in person or by phone, text or email will not be accepted.

Refunds and credits are subject to the course withdrawal and accommodation cancellation deadlines and fees outlined below. Please note, no refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Arts Program.

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Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Forms received on or before May 3, 2024 – Pre-paid tuition and material fees will be refunded. A $50 administrative fee applies for each course withdrawal. Material fees will be refunded in full.

Forms received on or before June 14, 2024 – A credit will be issued for pre-paid tuition, less a $50 administration fee per course withdrawal. Pre-paid material fees are not eligible for refund.

Forms received after June 14, 2024 – Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for refund or credit of tuition and material fees.

Tuition credits are issued in the form of a code to be used for registration in future MISSA workshops and/or for on-campus accommodations. Credit codes may be transferred to another person. MISSA credit codes have no cash value and cannot be refunded.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2024 program is completely cancelled (due to COVID restrictions or any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

Accommodation Cancellation Deadlines
On-campus accommodations may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the first day of MISSA and pre-paid accommodation fees will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee. Accommodation cancellations made after the deadline are not eligible for refund.

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If you must withdraw from a course and/or cancel your accommodations due to exceptional circumstances, you may request a refund on the basis of hardship and/or compassionate grounds. All requests must be made in writing using the online form. Approval of such requests may only be made by the MISSA Board of Directors and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.