I’ve developed and taught classes in creative writing, memoir, writing for healing and writing for self-discovery; my participants range from adolescence to late adulthood.

It might sound grandiose to say that ‘Writing for Legacy’ is life changing but for me, it has been. Taslim is like a profound gardener, taking the time not to just cut away and clean up things, but to enhance, enlighten…I now feel healthy, honest and even beautiful even in my ‘ugly’ parts.

Sandy W., Writing for Legacy

Taslim is a gentle soul – full of knowledge in the writing field. She has been a tremendous help to me in more ways than one at getting my book ‘polished.’

Elizabeth G., Creative Writing

Focusing on individual events in my past and describing them on paper has opened up my understanding of myself in ways I could not have imagined. For the first time, I can actually see the scope of my life, the directions it’s taken, and how my personal character traits have influenced my choices…So therapeutic!

Chris R., Writing for Legacy

I thoroughly enjoyed this class with Taslim. She was able to provide a relaxed & informative writing environment. Always a positive & encouraging instructor, she was able to pull the writer from all of us.

Terri F., Creative Writing

Current Workshops

Writing for Healing

Expressive writing is used in many therapeutic and rehabilitative settings; participants work through emotions in a safe and creative environment, and experience a myriad of benefits. There is empirical evidence that shows that this type of writing decreases physical symptoms, strengthens the immune system and increases life satisfaction.

I have taught writing for healing workshops in addiction treatment centres and psychiatric units, using writing prompts to help clients and patients capture their experiences in poetry and prose.

Caregivers also benefit from my writing workshops designed to help them work through the emotional challenges of supporting others.

Organizations I’ve partnered with: Semiahmoo Arts Society, North Van Arts Society, Pacifica Treatment Centre, Adolescent Psychiatric Unit (Surrey Memorial Hospital), Child and Adolescent Stabilization and Psychiatric Unit (Surrey Memorial Hospital), Dress for Success Vancouver, The Ismaili Council for Canada.

Upcoming Workshops

Who Am I?: A Generative Writing Workshop

Sunday february 26, 2023

10:00-11:30 am PST | via Zoom

Generate pages of poetry and prose with carefully-curated prompts on the theme of “identity.” This is open to writers of all stages from novice (no experience writing or learning about the craft) to established. The workshop is meant to inspire writing for self-discovery as well as larger writing projects. 

Please email to register and for e-transfer instructions. The fee is $18. Registration closes Thursday February 23, 2023. 

Past Workshops

Recover Your Dreams

co-facilitated with life coach, Jobina Bardai

Nov 5, 19, 26 and Dec 3

Saturdays 9:30-11am PST | via Zoom

Remember or discover the secret longings of your heart and learn how to birth the dreams that live inside you.

Women’s Wisdom

co-facilitated with life coach, Jobina Bardai

Oct 1, 15, 22 and 29

Saturdays 9:30-11am PST | via Zoom

Learn to listen to your inner voice and unearth the wisdom you hold for yourself. 

Own Your Story

co-facilitated with life coach, Jobina Bardai

June 4, 11, 18 and 25

Saturdays 9:30-11am PST | via Zoom

Own who you are and where you have been so you can travel forward with confidence and courage. 

Writing Deeper into the Self

co-facilitated with life coach, Jobina Bardai

May 7, 14, 21  and 28

Saturdays 9:30-11am PST | via Zoom

Go deeper into your exploration of identity and values, and cement the building blocks of your authentic life. 

Writing into the Self

co-facilitated with life coach, Jobina Bardai

April 2, 9, 23 and 30

Saturdays 9:30-11am PST | via Zoom

Build the foundation of a loving relationship with yourself by examining your ideas of who you are and what you are worth.

New Beginnings: An Expressive Writing Workshop

Apr 12, 2022

7-8pm PST | via Zoom

Join Surrey-based writer, Taslim Jaffer, for an hour of introspection and discovery, as we welcome a new season. Using free writing techniques and prompts, Taslim creates a safe and friendly space to get your thoughts, ideas and feelings down on the page. Sharing is optional.

 This workshop is a FREE Word Vancouver event. Registration required. 

Stories of Home

Apr 7 – Apr 28, 2022

Thursdays 7-8pm PST | via Zoom

Where is home? Is it where you’ve been or where you are now? And how does this influence who you are or who you become? What do the words ‘home’ and ‘identity’ mean to you and what stories do they hold? Explore these themes through guided exercises and writing prompts with creative nonfiction writer, Taslim Jaffer. Bring up to 5 photographs that might spark a memory (optional). Write for yourself or to share with loved ones and learn how to unearth longer writing projects.

Writing for Self Discovery

Feb 17 – Mar 10, 2022

Thursdays 7-8pm PST | via Zoom

Writing is a tool that can help us recover and discover our true selves. In these 4, 1-hour long workshops, Taslim Jaffer provides writing prompts to set you on a path of exploration. Whether you are hoping for change in some area of your life or simply looking for a way to spend more meaningful time with yourself, you’ll find this class enlightening.

Reflections on Identity and Home

February 22, 2022

7-8pm PST | via Zoom

Spend an hour reflecting on who you are, and the places that feel like home, through writing prompts. Dig into these ideas with metaphor and freewriting in a safe, friendly space with Surrey-based writer and instructor, Taslim Jaffer. No previous writing experience necessary; sharing is optional.

This workshop is a Word Vancouver event.

Writing your way Calm

Jan 20 – Feb 10, 2022

Thursdays 7-8pm PST | via Zoom

Join writing instructor, Taslim Jaffer, in writing sessions designed to unwind, relax and ease tension. With carefully selected writing prompts and calming techniques such as guided imagery, Taslim will create a safe space for refocusing our thoughts during unrest. Suitable for writers of all levels, including beginners.

Women’s Wisdom

co-facilitated with life coach, Jobina Bardai

November 6, 20, 27 and December 4

There is a quiet voice inside you that holds the wisdom to create the life you want. How do you need to nurture yourself? How can you transform the world around you? Our busy, everyday lives don’t always allow for the stillness required to hear that voice. In this 4-week series with Life Coach Jobina Bardai and Expressive Writing Instructor Taslim Jaffer, develop a practice of accessing this wisdom. With thought-provoking discussion and introspective, focused writing time, this series is a perfect way to go within on the darker autumn mornings.

Writing into the Self

co-facilitated with life coach, Jobina Bardai

October 2, 16, 23 and 30

Everything you need to know about creating a healthy, happy life for yourself is already inside you. A powerful way to access this wisdom is through writing, using clear and simple prompts. With thought-provoking discussion and guidance by Life Coach Jobina Bardai, and introspective, focused writing time with Expressive Writing Instructor Taslim Jaffer, this 4-week series is the perfect launching pad into your Self.

Writing Memoir

September 19-October 31

What do you have to offer the world? Uncover and capture your life-gained wisdom, no matter what stage of life you are in. Through written exercises and discussion, award-winning writer, Taslim Jaffer will teach you how to write about your personal legacy. Individual mentoring and shared tricks and tools will facilitate the creation of your writing projects.

FREE 1-Hour Writing Memoir Workshop

Wednesday September 12

Meet local writer and instructor, Taslim Jaffer, for a one hour workshop about writing memoir. During this session, you will have the opportunity to learn about the art of memoir, try a few exercises and ask any questions about Taslim’s classes.

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