Teaching & Editing

Visit Open-Book.ca, Ontario’s non-stop literary scene, for Deanna Young’s “Poetry School” blog as the February 2019 Writer in Residence


A professional teacher, Deanna has led workshops on the creative process, writing and revising poetry, getting published, and methods of teaching poetry, for over twenty years. She has worked with community groups, creative writing groups, teachers in training, and students of all ages. Contact her to inquire about a visit to your community centre, library, writing group or school. She can tailor her visit to your needs.

Deanna regularly offers six-week poetry colloquiums in Ottawa, Ontario. Contact her to inquire about the next colloquium and to add your name to the mailing list. She can also travel to deliver a condensed version of the program.


“I appreciate the way you encourage us to think of ourselves and one another as artists. The discussions we have, without focussing on our own work directly, as in a workshop, nonetheless lead us to central questions that we need to ask about our work.” – Colloquium participant

“Tonight was wonderful, as each of the other nights have been. S and I were talking afterwards, saying how the sessions are affecting our work in such a positive way, almost at a sub-conscious level. Thank you!” – Colloquium participant

“I appreciated the range of readings and the exposure to poets I was not familiar with. Receiving feedback on my poems was an important component of the colloquium. Your knowledge of poets and poetry was most impressive.” – Colloquium participant

Poetry Workshops in Schools

Visits by Deanna to elementary schools to deliver poetry workshops can be funded through the Poetry In Voice program.



Deanna offers a range of poetry editing services from mentoring and feedback to help you develop and polish your poems, to substantive manuscript consultations and meticulous copyediting. Contact her to learn more about her approaches and fees.

Corporate: web and print

Deanna specializes in transforming content into highly readable plain language, and in substantive editing, copyediting and proofreading. A professional web editor for over seven years, she can help you plan, craft and edit content for your corporate or personal website. Contact her to discuss your editing needs.


“I’m starting to tell people that I have a book deal. I couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks for all the help you provided at an early stage of the manuscript!” – Poetry editing client and first-time author