Lectures & Presentations
Melissa has guest lectured at the Universities of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia Okanagan on a variety of topics including the creative process, ekphrasis, and the dramatics of poetry. She has also presented papers on the transformative power of story and bibliotherapy at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and spoke at the first Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Conference. Some of these presentations can be found on-line and in-print :
Every Last Thing: Perspectives on Alice Munro, Annual Nobel Prize Celebration, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, March 26, 2014.
Mind the Gap – Narrative on Distant Learning in Graduate Writing, Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Conference and Founding Convention, Banff, October 10, 2010.
Nine Months to a New Me: Writing and the Body in Pregnancy, The Association of Bibliotherapy and Applied Literature Annual Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, May 29, 2007.
Recently published in Telling Truths: Storying Motherhood (Demeter Press)
The Library: Mom, Agatha Christie and Me, Women Writing and Reading: Past and Present, Local and Global, University of Alberta, May 4-6, 2007.