SO MANY CONVERSATIONS about writing have to be cut short, because of a train or a baby, or because the janitor wants to lock the doors. Here, I hope to carry on those conversations.

This blog is about writing the first sentence, writing a memoir, writing in the morning, every day. It’s a writing class and a book club and the books page and a long chat with a girlfriend who writes and reads as much as you.


NATALIE APPLETON IS a Canadian writer living in Vernon, BC. Her stories have appeared in publications around the world.

After graduating from the University of Regina’s School of Journalism in 2003, she went on to work for several daily and community newspapers across western Canada. When the recession struck, she turned lemons into London and began an MA in Creative Writing (Narrative non-fiction) at City University London, UK.

She is currently polishing a memoir manuscript entitled How to Meet a Nice Man from Medicine Hat, a book about leaving everything behind for Bangkok, a city that introduced her to a new way of life and the love of her life, a man from her hometown.

As a journalist, her articles have appeared in newspapers such as The New York Times, the Vancouver Sun, and the Bangkok Post.

Natalie has lived in London, Bangkok, and now resides in the Okanagan, where she works as a freelance writer and writing teacher. She grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and has lived in most cities in western Canada as well as one village.

5 thoughts on “About”

  1. Your story is a pretty amazing one!! And based on this I figure that you will also find a similar amusement in this coincidence:
    Two days ago I somehow I happened upon your article in the NYTimes online. I got there by clicking fashion and I usually don’t take this route.
    I read your article and loved your writing. I saw that you were from Medicine Hat so I googled you (don’t you love this decade!) and discovered your blog.
    Then I see that you are a red head. And that you went to University of Regina. And that you took Journalism.
    All of this struck home to me. I’m a red headed writer, who worked at the University of Regina, and on the day that I read your fabulous story, I found out I got into the MJ Program at Carleton University.
    All in all, I just have to say, your odd knack for making connections and reaching people through your work continues on!! I’m motivated to see your success and I have found someone to aspire to! It has led me to believe, just a little, that maybe I could make a go of it too if I take the risk.

    • Emily,

      What a great vein of story. Thank you so much for sharing.

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed my essay, and that you’re on your way to a writing career of your own. Go for it with all you have. My UK friends call me ‘a trier’: I go for things even and especially when everyone else says I can’t. A few weeks ago I was ready to give up on my book…and then I got a call from the New York Times.


      Happy to be a fellow redheaded writer and former Reginian (?)

  2. Thanks for the follow. I’m looking forward to reading your blog too. It’s great fun finding Canadian writers.

  3. Planning a trip to Thailand so came upon your essay among the recommended NYTimes search listings. Not very informative about Bangkok but a beautiful informative story instead about love and following your heart, wherever it may take you (I, personally, followed and found mine in Tel Aviv ;). Look forward to staying in touch and reading more of your beautiful writing on your blog … Thank you!

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