Writing groups at open sky stories, safety in numbers writing group, do you want to write but can’t seem to find the motivation.
I get it. Life is overwhelmingly busy. There are hundreds of thoughts and tasks that demand priority at any given time. Besides, writing is supposed to be lonely, right?
What if you made a commitment to show up every week and write for 20 minutes? And what if you weren’t alone but had other people around who are working on their own writing projects?
Safety in Numbers is an opportunity to commit to your writing. It’s a chance to show up and write with other people while keeping your own words private.
Your monthly membership gives you access to four writing sessions every week. You can show up for all of them or just a few – you will always be welcome!
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Do you have a writing project on the go but keep going off-track?
This group is for anyone who is currently working on a writing project: a book, short story, poetry collection etc.
We will read sections of our writing in the group and be open to receiving kind feedback.
We will support each other in our highs and lows along the journey in the sessions and in a private Facebook group.
This group runs for 3 months, with sessions twice per week. The group is limited to 10 participants. If you are interested in joining, please reach out by email .
A guide to Canadian writing groups
Whether you write as a hobby or have loftier goals, you don't have to do it alone. Joining a writing group is a great opportunity to meet other writers, hone your craft and find a mentor.
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The groups listed here are a sampling of what the Canadian literary community has to offer. Are you part of a writing group that is open to new members and want to be on our list? Email us at [email protected] .
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Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art What: An inclusive set of programs and writers' workshops Where: Vancouver, B.C. Who: Writers of all ages
Comox Valley Writers Society What: Supports writers in the development of their craft. General meetings monthly, small writing critique groups, monthly Prose and Poetry at the Courtenay Library, annual community outreach literary event – the North Island Writers Conference. Where: Courtenay, BC Who: Writers of all ages
Kelowna Writers' Group What: Writers meet the first Tuesday of every month at the Kelowna library. Where: Kelowna, B.C. Who: Writers of all genres
Kelowna Word Guild What: Monthly meetings to provide support to writers who are Christians through workshops, critique circles, skill building exercises and other areas of need. Also host events to showcase the writers, regional one day conferences, and writer retreats. Where: Kelowna, B.C. Who: Christian writers
New West Writers What: Writing critique group Where: New Westminster, B.C. Who: Writers of all genres
Sooke Writers' Collective What: A writers group offering support, feedback, an annual anthology, workshops and mini-retreats. Where: Sooke, B.C. Who: Writers of all levels and genres
Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society What: An inclusive group of writers and editors that meets monthly and has community-minded projects. Where: A combination of Zoom and various venues on Sunshine Coast, B.C. Who: Writers and editors of all levels of experience, ethnicities and is inclusive of the LGBTQ2 community
Surrey Libraries writing groups What: Writing groups for adults and teens Where: Surrey, B.C. Who: General public
Vernon Critique Group What: A group of fiction writers offering critique and feedback on each other's work on the third Saturday of each month. Where: Vernon, B.C. Who: Fiction writers
Victoria Writers' Society What: Participate in small, informal groups where writers present their works in progress and receive critical feedback. There are currently groups focused on short stories, novels, general fiction and creative nonfiction. Where: Victoria, B.C. Who: Members of the Victoria Writers' Society
British Columbia Association of Travel Writers What: A group for B.C. travel journalists and writers Where: British Columbia Who: Meetups are open to the public
The Grind Writers' Group What: Writers of all levels and genres Where: Vancouver, B.C. Who: General public
Heart & Mind Writing Group What: Writers of all levels and genres Where: Sicamous, B.C. Who: General public
Alexandra Writers' Centre Society What: Community of emerging writers of all ages Where: Calgary, Alta. Who: General public
Edmonton Writers' Group What: Informal group of aspiring and published writers Where: Edmonton, Alta. Who: General public
Imaginative Fiction Writers Association What: Critique of written work, marketing advice, writing games and exercises Where: Calgary, Alta. Who: Members of the Imaginative Fiction Writer's Association
Parkland Poets What: Community of poets who share their work Where: Stony Plain, Alta. Who: General public
Strathcona County Writers What: Writers of all levels and genres Where: Strathcona County, Alta. Who: General public
Saskatchewan Writers Guild What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres Where: Saskatchewan Who: Members
Brandon Writers' Collective What: Writing group for all genres Where: Brandon, Man. Who: General public
Interlake Writers Guild What: Writing group for all genres Where: Selkirk, Man. Who: General public
Manitoba Writers' Guild What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres Where: Manitoba Who: Workshops are open to both members and the general public
Immigrant Writers Association (IWA) What: Programs, activities, and services that empower and support immigrant writers in their journeys. Our mission is to encourage immigrants to express themselves through writing. Where: Toronto, Ont. Who: Canadian immigrant writers
InkWell Workshops What: Drop-in creative writing workshops Where: Toronto, Ont. Who: Adults with mental health and addictions issues
Firefly Creative Writing What: Writing workshops, coaching and retreats Where: Toronto, Ont. Who: General public
KW Writer's Alliance What: Organization helping to connect and develop writers of all genres Where: Waterloo, Ont. Who: General public
London Writers Society What: Organization helping to connect and develop writers of all genres Where: London, Ont. Who: General public
Memoirs Writing Group What: Group discussions to help writers develop their writing voice with feedback to assist with the editing process Where: Brampton, Ont. Who: Adult writers
Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) What: A gathering place for people with a passion to weave fiction and non-fiction stories, write poetry and plays and string words together in a variety of other formats. Where: Ottawa, Ont. Who: Adult writers
OUTwrites Queer Writing Collective What: queer-positive, sexually diverse group for all levels Where: Toronto, Ont. Who: General public
Sudbury Writers' Guild What: Community-based writing group for all levels and genres Where: Sudbury, Ont. Who: General public
Toronto Public Library What: Various groups and workshops focused on a variety of genres, including memoir, fiction and poetry. Where: Toronto, Ont. Who: General public
Toronto Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers What: Group group for science fiction and fantasy writers Where: Toronto, Ont. Who: General public
Toronto Writers Collective What: Free writing workshops for underserved communities Where: Toronto, Ont. Who: Adult writers
Writers' Community of Durham Region What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres Where: Durham region Who: Workshops are open to members and the general public
Writer's Community of York Region What: A collective of local authors, poets and industry professionals who endeavour to build a supportive and encouraging framework for writers and their craft. Where: All communities and localities within York Region. Who: WCYR members and registered members of the general public.
Shut-up & Write/Tais-toi et écris Montréal What: Community of writers who share their work, in any genre. Where: Montreal, Que. Who: General public
Quebec Writers' Federation What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres Where: Montreal, Que. Who: Workshops are open to members and the general public
Writers' Federation of New Brunswick What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres Where: New Brunswick Who: Members
Prince Edward Island
PEI Writers' Guild What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres Where: P.E.I. Who: Workshops are open to members and the general public
Evergreen Writers Group What: Creative writing group comprised of poets, short story writers, novelists, and playwrights Where: Dartmouth, N.S. Who: General public
Word Nerds Teen Writing Group What: Teen-oriented writing group Where: Colchester-East Hants, N.S. Who: Teen writers
Halifax Public Library Writers' Circle What: Weekly meetings for support and inspiration at various library branches Where: Bedford, N.S. Who: Adult writers
Yarmouth Write Away Group What: Monthly writing group that welcomes all genres. Where: Yarmouth, N.S. Who: General public
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres Where: Nova Scotia Who: Members
Newfoundland & Labrador
Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres Where: Newfoundland & Labrador Who: Members
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Toronto Writers’ Centre
The Toronto Writers’ Centre first opened its doors in 2006 in the Annex at 627 Bloor Street West. In July of 2023, TWC made the move just down the street and is now situated beside Hot Docs Cinema at 500A Bloor Street West. The TWC is a creative hub that offers emerging and established writers a quiet, professional work environment and a supportive community.
The TWC is an incubator for literary endeavours — where new ideas can be stimulated and nurtured among a vibrant cross section of writers. With an expansive writing space, lounge, kitchen, and boardroom, the Toronto Writers’ Centre provides writers with a place to focus their ideas, and be part of a community of writers.
A godsend. No laundry, no children, no phones, just silence and the blank page. It’s been like rediscovering writing all over again.
I’ve produced five novels since starting at the TWC and I’m currently working on two more.
The Toronto Writers’ Centre improved my productivity immensely. Having a safe, quiet place to go to write meant I could always work without distractions. I’m not sure I ‘d have written The Blackthorn Key without it.
An enormous relief —it’s no small thing to have a place to just sit and write among supportive, like-minded members.
TWC is my home away from home where I can work in peace and quiet, and also chat with other writers when the mood strikes.
A great boon . I’ve done some of my best work there quickly, because there are no domestic or social distractions. It’s the place to get serious about writing.
Members of Toronto Writers’ Centre enjoy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year comfort, community & security. The Toronto Writers’ Centre is a 2000-square-foot, air-conditioned writing haven, divided into two quiet rooms, lounge & kitchen, and boardroom. The TWC is the affordable alternative to writing at home or in shared spaces. Write among published authors and serious professional writers as committed to their craft as you are. Seriousness of intent is all that is required of potential members. There are no restrictions on genre. The TWC is open to all writers.
It’s a great place to make business contacts, get referrals, and make friends. Everyone is welcome to post news of upcoming events — readings, book launches, films etc. — on the bulletin boards and to send announcements to the entire membership.
The Toronto Writers’ Centre stands on the ancestral lands and waterways of the Anishnabeg (Mississaugas of the Credit), the Haudenosaunee Peoples from the Six Nations Confederacy of the Grand River, Wendat, Chippewa, M é tis, and is now home to many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples from across Turtle Island. This meeting space of Tkaronto is governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt agreement, which upholds our shared access to and responsibility for the lands on which we live, and those with whom we share them.
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The Toronto Writers Collective, founded in 2012, is a nonprofit organization that encourages creative expression through writing. We believe that writing in community is an effective and powerful way to connect individuals across difference and to empower those who have traditionally been deprived of a voice in society.
TWC provides free 10-week creative writing workshops throughout the GTA. Writing with others in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance, participants discover the power of their own authentic voices and the value of their stories.
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Back to top Sister Writes is a creative writing and literacy program dedicated to honouring the wisdom and experiences of women in downtown Toronto. Founded by writer Lauren Kirshner in 2010, with the support of Sistering , a drop-in center empowering ordinary women in extraordinary situations, Sister Writes provides women with the opportunity to work with professional women writers, develop creative potential, hone literary and leadership skills, receive mentorship, and build self-esteem. Hailed by The Toronto Star as a groundbreaking program, and the winner of a 2018 ArtsBridges Award for community arts education excellence, Sister Writes is one-of-a-kind in Canada.
Now in its twelfth year, Sister Writes provides an artistically empowering and collaborative creative writing program for women affected by poverty, underhousing, precarity, trauma, mental health issues and addictions, and women who face extraordinary circumstances or life transitions. Through the support of our sponsors and the assistance of our guest writers, Sister Writes offers a range of hands-on programming that is free and inclusive: The Writing Workshop ; The Mentorship Program ; and our newly launched Sister Writes in the Community Program , which brings one-off creative writing workshops to women’s agencies across Toronto.
Since 2010, our longest running program, The Writing Workshop , has provided over 300 free creative writing workshops in the community for budding women writers, and published nine literary magazines. Our guest workshop leaders have included acclaimed authors, poets, and journalists.
Empowering, inclusive, and hands on, Sister Writes is dedicated to the principle of breaking down barriers to arts, one story at a time.
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Back to top Sister Writes volunteers are passionate about creative writing, literary arts, arts education, and women’s stories. We ask volunteers to commit to at least three months of service of approximately two hours per week. This way, you have enough time to learn from us and we from you. We also have longer term opportunities for students looking to fulfill Bachelor of Education internship requirements. Right now, we have volunteer openings in these areas:
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To apply send us your CV and a cover letter (contact information here ). We are especially interested in how your skills complement our program, so be sure to read through our Programs page first. We accept volunteers at the start of each session, in September, January and May.
The 2024 Toronto Writing Workshop
Get your writing published: april 6, 2024, the 2024 toronto writing workshop: april 6, 2024.
This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2024 Toronto Writing Workshop! We are very proud of our many success stories where attendees sign with agents following events — see our growing list of success stories here .
(Please note that this is an in-person event. We at Writing Day Workshops plan both online/virtual as well as in-person events. This next TWW is an in-person event happening in Toronto on April 6, 2024. See you there.)
WHAT IS IT?
This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Delta Hotel Toronto Downtown. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.
This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. This year’s agent and editor faculty so far includes:
- literary agent Ron Eckel (CookeMcDermid)
- literary agent Tamanna Bhasin (The Rights Factory)
- editor Amanda Betts (Knopf Canada)
- literary agent Bridgette Kam (Westwood Creative Artists)
- literary agent Lindsay Leggett (The Rights Factory)
- literary agent Eric Smith (P.S. Literary)
- literary agent Marilyn Biderman (Transatlantic Agency)
- editor Alethea Spiridon (Entangled Publishing)
- literary agent Jes Trudel (The Rights Factory)
- editor Claire Caldwell (Annick Press)
- literary agent Ali McDonald (5 Otter Literary)
- literary agent Kat Kerr (Donald Maass Literary Agency)
- literary agent Stephanie Winter (P.S. Literary)
- editor Amanda Ferreira (Random House Canada)
- literary agent Tasneem Motala (The Rights Factory)
- literary scout Tayler Hill (The Purcell Agency)
- and likely more to come.
By the end of the day, you will have all the tools you need to move forward on your writing journey. This independent event is organized by coordinator Chuck Sambuchino of Writing Day Workshops . E-mail Chuck to register for the event at [email protected]. Tell him you want to register for the Toronto event.
EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS:
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, April 6, 2024 — at Delta Toronto, 75 Lower Simcoe St. Toronto, ON M5J 3A6.
THIS YEAR’S SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (APRIL 6, 2024):
What you see below is a quick layout of the day’s events. The topics below are mostly set, but subject to change. You can see a more detailed layout of the day’s classes on the Schedule Page here .
Please Note: There will be 2-3 classes/workshops going at all times during the day, so you will have your choice of what class you attend at any time. The final schedule of topics is subject to change, but here is the current layout:
8:30 – 9:30: Check-in and registration at the event location.
BLOCK ONE: 9:30 – 10:30
1. The Paths to Publishing. Understand the differences between traditional publishing and author-owned publishing (aka self-publishing). Be able to make a decision on which path is best for you and your book. Feel excited to take the next steps and move your project forward.
2.Beating Your Media Fears and Creating PR That Works. In this session, you’ll learn how to create attention for yourself and your work through publicity and PR that you can do yourself.
BLOCK TWO: 10:45 – 11:50
1. Overcoming Failure—How to Keep Striving for “Yes” in the Face of a Hundred “Nos.” In this talk, you’ll hear stories of accomplished people who have weathered terrible defeats, and you’ll come to see that “failure” is not the opposite of “success” but is actually the pathway to it.
2. The Agent-Author Relationship. Getting a literary agent to represent your work is a big step, but it’s only the beginning. What happens after an agent says yes?
(What you see here is a quick layout of the day’s events. See a full layout of the day’s sessions, with detailed descriptions, on the official Schedule Page here .)
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: 11:50 – 1:15
Lunch is on your own during these 85 minutes.
BLOCK THREE: 1:15 – 2:30
1. “Writers Got Talent”—a Page 1 Critique Fest (room) . This is a chance to get your first page read (anonymously — no bylines given) with attending agents commenting on what was liked or not liked about the submission.
2. How to Sell a Nonfiction Book. This session is completely devoted to nonfiction that is not memoir. So if you are trying to create an awesome nonfiction book proposal, this presentation is for you.
BLOCK FOUR: 2:45 – 3:45
1. Open Agent Q&A Panel. Several attending literary agents will open themselves up to open Q&A from TWW attendees. Bring your questions and get them answered in this popular session.
2. Writing Under the Fantasy Umbrella. What’s different about writing in the fantasy genres? For that matter, how is writing fantasy not the same as writing science fiction, or even horror?
BLOCK FIVE: 4:00 – 5:00
1. Everything You Need to Know About Agents and Query Letters. In this class, attendees will understand the basics of query letters, synopses, the difference of pitching fiction vs. nonfiction, agent submission pet peeves, and more.
2. 10 Things I’ve Learned by Editing 1,000 Manuscripts (and What Writers Can Take Away from My Experience) . Thinking like a developmental editor can help you mold your book for success even as you write; it can eventually help you edit yourself so that the book you submit is the book an editor is looking for. In this seminar, we will discuss developmental vs. line- or copy-editing, what dev editors consider when editing and exercises that can help you dev-edit yourself.
SESSIONS END: 5:00
At 5 p.m., the day is done. Speakers will make themselves available by the workshop’s bookstore for a short while to sign any books for attendees.
Agent & Editor Pitching: All throughout the day.
PITCH AN AGENT OR EDITOR:
ADDED ONLINE PITCHING : To ensure that writers have a robust and diverse lineup of agents & editors to pitch, 2024 Toronto Writing Workshop attendees will have the ability to also pitch literary agents at the Writing Day Workshops *online* event that follows the 2024 TWW on our calendar.
That event is the Ohio Writing Workshop , May 10-11, 2024, which will have 30-40 agents taking one-on-one Zoom virtual pitches.
This means that 2024 TWW attendees can have access to pitching all those online OWW agents — pitches still at $29 each — without being a formal registrant for the online May 2024 event. (That said, if you want to formally register for the Ohio conference and have access to all classes and panels, let us know, as there is a discount for confirmed Toronto attendees.)
If you are interested in this added pitching opportunity, the first step is to get formally registered for Toronto. Following the TWW conference on April 6, 2024, we will be in touch with all Toronto attendees and ask them if they want to partake in pitching online agents at the 2024 OWW (May 10-11) . At that time, you can communicate your pitch requests and purchase meeting time.
More 2024 agents to be announced as they are confirmed. You can sign up for pitches at any time, or switch pitches at any time, so long as the agent in question still has appointments open.
These one-on-one meetings are an amazing chance to pitch your book face-to-face with an agent, and get personal, individual feedback on your pitch/concept. If the agent likes your pitch, they’ll request to see part/all of your book — sending you straight past the slush pile. It also gives you an intimate chance to meet with an agent and pick their brain with any questions on your mind.
(Please note that Agent/Editor Pitching is an add-on, separate aspect of the day, for only those who sign up. Spaces are limited for these premium meetings, and pricing/detail is explained below.)
$273 CAD / $199 USD — EARLY BIRD base price for registration to the 2024 TWW and access to all workshops, all day. As of fall 2023, registration is now OPEN.
$40 CAD / $29 USD — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with any of our literary agents or editors in attendance. Use this special meeting as a chance to pitch your work and get professional feedback on your pitch. (Spaces limited.) If they wish, attendees are free to sign up for multiple 10-minute pitch sessions at $29/session — pitching multiple individuals, or securing 20 minutes to pitch one person rather than the usual 10. Here are four quick testimonials regarding writers who have signed with literary agents after pitching them at prior Writing Day Workshops events. (Our bigger, growing list of success stories an be seen here .)
Add $95 CAD / $69 USD — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from Chuck Sambuchino, one of the day’s instructors. (This rate is a special event value for Toronto Writing Workshop attendees only.) Registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the specially-priced critique, so they can send out their query letter with confidence following the workshop. Also, if you are meeting with an agent at the event, you’re essentially speaking your query letter aloud to them. Wouldn’t it be wise to give that query letter (i.e., your pitch) one great edit before that meeting?
Add $122 CAD / $89 USD — for an in-depth personal critique of the first 10 pages of your novel. Spaces with faculty for these critiques are very limited, and participating attendees will either 1) get an in-person meeting at the workshop, if the faculty member is attending the live event, or 2) get a 10-minute phone call with the faculty member, and have notes passed along via email, if the critiquer is not attending the live event. Options:
- Women’s fiction, contemporary/mainstream fiction, literary fiction, young adult, and memoir (virtual critiques) : Faculty member Kimiko Nakamura , a literary agent and writing coach, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you online (Zoom, etc.) or by phone for 15 minutes sometime before the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes before or after the meeting.
- Children’s picture books and middle grade (virtual critiques) : Faculty member Brittany Thurman , a published author, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you online (Zoom, etc.) or by phone for 15 minutes sometime before the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes before or after the meeting. If you submit a picture book, it must be 1,000 words or fewer (can have illustrations or not).
- Commercial women’s fiction, thriller/suspense, thriller with romantic elements, cozy mystery, YA thriller, young adult in general, middle-grade, literary fiction, and fantasy (virtual critiques) : Faculty member Amberly Finarelli , a former literary agent and current writing coach, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you online (Zoom, etc.) or by phone for 15 minutes sometime before the workshop to discuss her thoughts, and pass along written critique notes before or after the meeting.
- Science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, young adult SFF, urban fantasy (virtual critiques) : Faculty member Wesley Chu , a published novelist, will get your work in advance, critique the first 10 double-spaced pages of your book, meet with you online (Zoom, etc.) or by phone for 15 minutes sometime before the workshop to discuss his thoughts, and pass along written critique notes before or after the meeting.
- More critique options possibly coming soon.
How to pay/register — Registration is now open. Reach out to workshop organizer Chuck Sambuchino via email: [email protected] , and he will provide specific instructions for payment and registration to get you a reserved seat at the event. Payment is by credit card, PayPal, or check. Because Chuck plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Toronto workshop specifically.
Because of limited space at the venue (at Delta Hotel Toronto Downtown), the workshop can only allow 200 registrants, unless spacing issues change. For this reason, we encourage you to book sooner rather than later.
Are spaces still available? Yes, we still have spaces available. We will announce RIGHT HERE, at this point on this web page, when all spaces are taken. If you do not see a note right here saying how all spaces are booked, then yes, we still have room, and you are encouraged to register.
How to Register : The easy first step is simply to reach out to workshop organizer Chuck Sambuchino via email: [email protected] . Chuck will pass along registration information to you, and give instructions on how to pay by credit card, PayPal, or check. Once payment is complete, you will have a reserved seat at the event. The TWW will send out periodic e-mail updates to all registered attendees with any & all news about the event. Because Chuck plans different workshops, make sure you note that you’re inquiring about the Toronto workshop specifically.
Refunds : If you sign up for the event and have to cancel for any reason at any time, you will receive 50% of your total payment back [sent by check or PayPal]. The other 50% is nonrefundable and will not be returned, and helps the workshop ensure that only those truly interested in the limited spacing sign up for the event. (Please note that query editing payments and manuscript editing payments are completely non-refundable if the instructor has already edited your work.)
Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Ron Eckel of CookeMcDermid
Ron is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Master of Publishing program and a twenty-five year veteran of Canadian publishing, Ron worked with Penguin Canada, Westwood Creative Artists, and Random House of Canada before joining CookeMcDermid in 2009. He also co-owned Cooke International, an agency specializing in foreign rights management for a diverse group of publishing clients, until the end of 2021.
As an agent Ron is particularly drawn to dark fiction, both commercial and literary, in the areas of horror, science fiction, fantasy , suspense, and psychological thriller. On the nonfiction side, Ron loves pop culture, music, pop science, and story-driven current affairs that start conversations.
Ron’s client list at CookeMcDermid includes bestselling author, RUSH bassist, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Geddy Lee, senior culture writer at BuzzFeed and bestselling author Scaachi Koul, CBC Radio columnist, writer, broadcaster and producer Jesse Wente, and horror writers Eric McCormack and David Nickel. On his bedside table you will find equal amounts of fiction and non-fiction, but always, always at least one biography (authorized or not) of the Ramones.
Ron is a former president and current member of PACLA (the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents) and you can find him on Twitter @roneckel and on Instagram at @eckelron.
Ron is currently seeking
- Story-driven narrative non-fiction in the areas of pop culture, music, sports, pop science, and current affairs
- Commercial and upmarket horror, SF, suspense and psychological thrillers that terrify
- Strong, unique voices that have a compelling, engaging story to tell
Ron is currently NOT Seeking
- Children’s, Middle grade, or YA fiction and non-fiction
- Graphic novels
Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Claire Caldwell of Annick Press
She is the Senior Editor at Annick Press , where she acquires books for young people, including the award-winning picture books Salma the Syrian Chef (written by Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron) and Abuelita and Me (written by Leonarda Carranza, illustrated by Rafael Mayani). Claire is also the author of two poetry collections, Invasive Species (Wolsak and Wynn, 2014) and Gold Rush (Invisible Publishing, 2020).
Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Tasneem Motala of The Rights Factory
She is seeking : fantasy, graphic novels, middle grade, new adult, science fiction, young adult contemporary YA, cyberpunk, fairytale retellings, low fantasy, magical realism, robots/A.I., steampunk, urban fantasy.
Sometimes she doesn’t know what she’s looking for until it’s in her inbox, but some things are timeless, like retellings of well-known myths and classics, teenage romances, and mysteries with fascinating protagonists, just to name a few.
In the realm of Middle Grade and YA, Tasneem is currently seeking stories (regardless whether fantasy, sci-fi, or contemporary) that are raw, emotional, heartfelt, and authentic. She’s especially drawn to stories with a focus on found families and friendships with morally grey leads and coming-of-age themes. Some of her favourite tropes include enemies to lovers, unreliable narrators, and ragtag team-ups.
Tasneem is currently looking for character-driven MG and YA fiction and graphic novels, with or without a touch of magic, written by BIPOC authors.
If there’s literally anything to do as a kid growing up in rural Niagara, it’s read, and Tasneem did so much of it that she turned it into her career with a degree in English and Classical Civilizations and a post-grad in Publishing. Her experience includes writing beauty articles for Elevate Magazine, promoting Sonia Faruqi’s book, The Oyster Thief , to the book-blogging sphere as a marketing manager, and building her very own #ownvoices literary zine, KROS Magazine, from scratch.
Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Amanda Ferreira of Random House Canada
She primarily edits adult commercial fiction, and is drawn to books with an early hook and YA crossover appeal. She acquires in every genre (except horror) — including fantasy, romance, historical fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, and thriller. In particular, she loves retellings of ancient myths and history, accessible speculative fiction with happy endings, romance with a fresh twist on popular tropes, and diverse characters that feel true to the communities they’re a part of.
Recent releases by her clients include Morgan Is My Name by Sophie Keetch and Follow the Sun by Liz Locke. Recent acquisitions include Crown of Starlight by Cait Corrain, A Sweet Sting of Salt by Rose Sutherland, and The Sins on Their Bones b y Laura R. Samotin.
Before joining Random House Canada, she was an editor for Wattpad, where she worked with authors writing in every genre under the sun from litRPGs to werewolf romance to works in translation. She also edited young adult fiction, primarily romance, and her titles include The Opposite of Falling Apart by Micah Good, Entwined by A.J. Rosen, Given by Nandi Taylor, and The Locker Exchange by Ann Rae, published by Wattpad Books.
Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kat Kerr of Donald Maass Literary
Kat joined Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2019. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in English in 2009 and is drawn to literary and commercial voices within the adult and YA markets, as well as adult nonfiction. Kat feels strongly about supporting programs like We Need Diverse Books and is passionate about creating space in this industry for those from historically marginalized communities. She is actively seeking to grow her client list and is particularly hungry for magical realism, literary leaning speculative and science fiction, women’s fiction, YA works with a lot of heart, and narrative nonfiction with something to say.
Literary and Upmarket Fiction:
Kat is drawn to strong, character-driven works with rich, literary prose. She loves books that make her think and have a strong emotional pull.
Contemporary Women’s Fiction Multicultural Lit Speculative Magical Realism Family Sagas YA
Favorite Books: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, Big Fish by Daniel Wallace, About a Boy by Nick Hornby, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen, anything by Amy Tan
For the commercial market, Kat is looking for high concept, voice-driven works with a close POV and well-developed, distinct characters.
Select Science Fiction and Fantasy Women’s Fiction and Rom-Coms YA (all genres)
Favorite Books: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan, The Kiss Quotien t by Helen Hoang, The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow, Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce, I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
Narrative nonfiction and journalistic non-fiction tackling current affairs and social justice issues, particularly covering topics of racism, immigration, LGBTQIA+ rights, gender equality, and poverty Select biographies and memoirs
Do NOT pitch:
– Plots/themes centering around unresolved trauma – Previously published or self-published works – MG, Chapter books, picture books – Novellas, short stories, or poetry collections – Military/war stories – Westerns
Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Alethea Spiridon of Entangled Publishing
Alethea was an editor for Harlequin Books in Toronto for almost seven years, working with writers such as Bobby Hutchinson, Roberta Gellis, Lori Foster, Cathy Yardley, Lori Wilde, Jill Shalvis, Anne Stuart, and Pamela Morsi to name a few. She worked on anthologies, continuities, special projects, and some series.
She focuses on romance — both print and digital. She enjoys a fresh, fun, flirty voice, and anything that can make her laugh and see the lighter side of life. That being said, she’s also drawn to contemporary alpha male stories and lush historical romances.
Jane Porter, Sherryl Woods, Rachel Gibson, Carole Matthews, Julie James, Sheila O’Flanagan, and Sarah Mayberry are some authors she enjoys reading. Before joining Entangled, Alethea was a freelance editor and writer, and has edited everything from historical to paranormal romance, non-fiction titles, plays, and even some poetry.
Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Lindsay Leggett of The Rights Factory
Lindsay grew up in the frozen wilds of Northern Ontario, and turned a love of reading and writing into a passion for editing. After working for a variety of authors and publishers, she found a home at The Rights Factory.
Lindsay is focused on graphic novels, romance, and young adult & middle grade with bite. She enjoys horror, thriller, magical realism, fantasy, science fiction, LGBTQIA+, #ownvoices, and graphic stories.
Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Eric Smith of P.S. Literary
He’s worked on award-winning and New York Times bestselling titles, and began his publishing career at Quirk Books. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books and the publishing industry regularly appear on Book Riot, Paste Magazine, and Publishing Crawl. He also occasionally writes books when he finds the time, like his latest, Don’t Read the Comments (Inkyard Press).
Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in young adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), middle grade, and literary and commercial fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of non-fiction, he’s interested in cookbooks, pop culture, humor, middle grade, essay collections, and blog-to-book ideas.
Get to Know an Editor in Attendance: Amanda Betts of Knopf Canada
She seeks narrative nonfiction, upmarket fiction, and literary fiction. She’s particularly interested in memoir and a range of subjects including the natural world, psychology, history, and science.
She is proud to have edited Canadian authors Lynne Kutsukake ( The Translation of Love ), John Mighton ( All Things Being Equal: Why Math Is the Key to a Better World ), Britt Wray ( Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis ) and George Elliott Clarke ( Where Beauty Survived: An Africadian Memoir ), as well as internationally acclaimed authors including Adam Weymouth ( Kings of the Yukon ), Maggie O’Farrell ( The Marriage Portrait ) and Ed Yong ( An Immense World) . She’s excited for the forthcoming publication of Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling, Message in a Bottle: Lessons from a Life at Sea in the Age of Plastic by Holly Hogan and The Art Thief: A True Story of a Monumental Crime Spree by Michael Finkel.
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Writing the Novel: Introduction
University of Toronto
A beginner's course in novel writing, emphasizing literary techniques, style development, and understanding prose fiction. It involves analyzing established writers' styles and includes practical writing and editing of a novel's opening.
Prerequisites: No prerequisites
Class size: Limited
Start date: Open all year round
Writing the Memoir
Focused on memoir writing, this course guides you in selecting personal stories and developing writing skills, aiming to produce memoir chapters while connecting with a community of memoir writers.
Writing Short Fiction: Introduction
Ideal for aspiring short story writers, this course teaches basic literary techniques and includes writing and reviewing stories, culminating in a critiqued story draft.
Categories: Short Story
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Delve into the art of humor writing, learning techniques from slapstick to satire. The course offers exercises and workshops, aiming to produce comic pieces and connect with fellow humor writers.
Secrets of Great Food Writing
Blend your culinary passion and writing talent to create engaging food content. This course covers various formats, from restaurant reviews to cookbooks, emphasizing recipe development, interviewing techniques, and discovering a unique food-writing style.
This foundational course in screenwriting covers essential elements like story, character, plot, and dialogue. Designed for beginners and those developing a screenplay, it includes screenings and exercises to master screenplay structure and short film script formatting.
This introductory course covers the basics of stage writing, including structure, character, dialogue, and environment. Classes are divided into idea analysis and a supportive workshop for feedback. Guided by a produced playwright, students will gain insights into various theatrical forms and develop scriptwriting skills, aiming to complete a one-act play or half a full-length play.
Generating Stories I
A 20-hour workshop-based course, it aids in generating and refining fiction or non-fiction prose or poetry. Suitable for beginners, it emphasizes weekly exercises and assignments to inspire writing across genres. Students will learn story identification and shaping, prose organization, and revision skills, honing their ability to amplify resonant parts of their writing.
Freelancing the Feature
This course focuses on creating high-quality, long-form journalism for various media platforms. It equips students with tools for crafting compelling feature articles, including interviewing, narrative structuring, and self-editing. The curriculum includes lectures, group discussions, and workshops for feedback. A unique aspect is learning to transform magazine pieces into book proposals.
Categories: Essay, Freelance
Freelance Science, Medicine & Public Health Writing
The "Freelance Science, Medicine & Public Health Writing" course, led by Paul Webster, is ideal for those in science or healthcare seeking to improve their writing for various audiences. It focuses on making complex topics engaging and understandable, covering good writing practices, market insights, and practical assignments like news stories, blogs, and features.
Categories: Scientific, Freelance
Creative Non-Fiction II
Creative Non-Fiction II offers an intensive exploration of creative non-fiction, suitable for writers focusing on memoirs, essays, travel narratives, or biographies. This course emphasizes skill advancement in writing and revision, with a strong focus on workshopping participant's works-in-progress. It encourages active involvement in critiquing and integrating peer feedback, fostering a collaborative learning atmosphere for refining and developing new material.
Prerequisites: 1691 Creative Non-Fiction: Introduction is required.
Creative Writing: Introduction
The University of Toronto offers an introductory course in creative writing, designed to cover the basics and encourage creative expression. The course details, including its duration, fee structure, and information about the instructor, are not specified on the webpage. It's suitable for those beginning their journey in creative writing, looking to explore various aspects of the craft.
Categories: Fiction, Essay, Poetry, Nonfiction, Short Story, Book
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This directory of the best writing courses in Toronto is meant to help you locate the right one for yourself. We’ve included filters for price and genre so that you can quickly sort through the writing classes. And before you commit to any one writing class, consider the following questions:
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Each Graduate Writing Group meets once a week with the same graduate mentor, in the same location on campus. All groups are available online and groups labeled “hybrid” are online and in-person on campus simultaneously. There are several groups to choose from. You must commit to attending your group(s) on a regular basis.
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- 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Sandra)
- 1:30 – 4 p.m. (Bowen, hybrid)
- 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Sandra)
- 7 – 9:30 p.m. (Munia)
- 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Christine B)
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Accessibility Writing Group
We offer an Accessibility Writing Group (GWG-A) in partnership with Accessibility Services for students who want to work with others who experience graduate school with accessibility needs. The group is facilitated by a Ph.D. student with experience facilitating Graduate Writing Groups and accessibility programming for students.
The Accessibility Writing Group runs on:
- Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Liz)
Note that all students, including students with accessibility needs, are welcome to join all Academic Success programming.
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Role on Team: Graduate Writing Group Facilitator
Program of Study: Chemical engineering
Year of Study: PhD
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- Singing and songwriting
- Talking with friends
Program of Study: Philosophy
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- Watching TV shows
- Playing bullet chess
Program of Study: Higher Education
Year of Study: 2nd year PhD
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- Euro-style strategy games
- Reading and snuggling with my kitty!
Program of Study: Physics
Role on Team: Graduate Writing Group Facilitator - Accessibility Section
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Year of Study: PhD Candidate
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Program of Study: Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI)
- Travelling to exciting cities
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