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Writing Courses at the University of Toronto

Much of the writing you will do at the University of Toronto has been carefully integrated into courses that focus on disciplinary knowledge rather than on the process of writing. But the University of Toronto also provides a wide range of writing courses, both credit and non-credit, designed specifically to help you develop your writing skills.

Undergraduate Credit Courses and Programs

There are several options for undergraduate students interested in taking a composition course:

Students may take courses in the following three college programs :

Undergraduate students interested in developing their skills in creative writing may choose from a variety of course options:

Engineering Courses

Communication is integrated into the engineering curriculum through first-year courses that establish foundations in design and communication and through upper-year courses in each department that develop the specific communication demands of those fields. Those interested in specific course offerings can refer to the academic calendar for departmental course offerings or to the Engineering Communication Program homepage.

School of Graduate Studies Non-Credit Courses

The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) has set up a wide range of free non-credit courses for graduate students. They offer practice and instruction in the types of oral and written communication done as part of graduate programs. Some courses are intended specifically for non-native speakers of English. Look at the course descriptions for the full range of courses that are offered. Check to see what is currently being offered, or look at the course schedule for the entire academic year. Choose the course that best suits your needs, and sign up fast — spaces are limited! Or attend a GCAC  Writing Intensive , which will provide you with  a dedicated time and space for intensive writing.

Graduate Work in Creative Writing

The Department of English offers an MA program in English in the Field of Creative Writing . The program draws both on the expertise of faculty at U of T and on Toronto’s writing community.

Credit Courses in English Language

U of T at Scarborough’s Center for Teaching and Learning offers credit courses that are specially designed for university students whose first language is not English. All courses require the permission of the instructor.

Non-Credit Courses in English Language

The English Language Learning Program (ELL)   offers an intensive, non-credit, 8-day course focusing on scholarly reading, academic writing, critical thinking, listening, and oral presentation is offered in late summer and spring.

The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) offers non-credit courses aimed specifically at graduate and undergraduates students in their respective faculties.

Certificate Courses

The School of Continuing Studies offers a wide array of certificate courses both to U of T students and to the wider public on business communication, creative writing, and English as a second language. Discounts on part-time English Language Program courses apply to U of T students and postdoctoral fellows.

Creative Writing

About this program.

Have you longed to explore your creative potential?

Embrace the unknown and start your journey here. As part of one of the largest Creative Writing programs in Canada, you can learn the essentials of excellent writing and put them into practice. Whether you aspire to write a novel or short story, explore poetry, pen a script or screenplay, or explore other writing styles, we have the courses you need to improve your skills.

Class sizes and writers workshops are kept small to ensure you receive the individual attention you need to help your writing thrive, whether you take your class in-class or online. 

Courses in the genres listed below can be applied to the Certificate in Creative Writing

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Title. I'm looking to improve my writing and not get my GPA burned (I'll put in 110% effort but I can't afford a <80), are there any classes without prereqs that will help? I'm open to nonconventional writing courses too, for example I took cog psych and just writing 3 journal entries the entire semester I felt helped me a lot.

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I'll definitely take a look, thank you! It's funny cause I asked what I could read to improve on r/lawschool and someone told me it's too late for that. How are they for mark distributions?

I just checked the course description for 203 and it sounds pretty intimidating. I have no idea what it means by, "competent in English". Does it mean that one must consistently get A's in essays?

I'm interested in taking it next year, but my question is, how engaging is the material... I'm afraid of dry readings or a pretentious professor. Also what's the marking scheme like?

Look up the INI (Innis) courses. They got many writing courses that will help you.

I just looked them up, they look really useful! I didn't even know these existed. Is there any specific course in particular you would recommend, also how difficult are these courses usually marked?

Also since you're in Econ, how was ECO100, I want to get a good grasp of the main non-science fields before I graduate and econ always seemed interesting.

A bonus of taking INI courses is that you get access to their writing centre, and I found them super helpful when I was writing an essay.

I have a year until I will hopefully be in law school. I feel like I desperately need to learn soft skills like essay writing, non-science related research skills, and a general understanding of the main social science topics. I have 1 more required course until I'm done all my subject post requirements so I can basically take 9 electives next year. Not that I'm not self motivated but I think courses set you on the right track very efficiently.

Anyone specifically?

There's a campus-wide writing instruction program called WIT (writing instruction by TAs), that's working with about 20 departments. They give TAs special pedagogical training and work with instructors to design courses and assignments that are heavy on writing and that use fairly innovative teaching methods. Ask whatever dept you're interested in if they have any WIT courses.

Also, try here: http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/writing-courses/undergraduate-credit

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Welcome to the Health Sciences Writing Centre

The HS Writing Centre offers undergraduate and graduate students personalized writing instruction and feedback. Individual appointments are available from September through July. Our Winter 2023 term appointment schedule is now open. Appointments will be available VIRTUALLY (synchronous and asynchronous) as well as IN-PERSON.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Individual student instruction

Support for your writing development as you need it

Synchronous (Online) and asynchronous (e-Tutoring) virtual appointments. Click on the Appointments tab for more info.

Writing resources and links

Support for faculty to integrate effective writing instruction into classes

If you need help or have any questions, please email Dr. Boba Samuels, Director of the HSWC, at [email protected]


To Book an Appointment

Registered undergraduate or graduate students (with a valid UTOR/ID) in one of the following University of Toronto Faculties are welcome to book appointments:

Dalla Lana School of Public Health (PhD students only)

Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences

Kinesiology & Physical Education

Social Work

Students in these faculties who try to book appointments at other college writing centres will be re-directed to the Health Sciences Writing Centre (HSWC).   Ensure your correct current UoT email address is in your student record to receive appointment confirmations and reminders. 

Graduate Student Writing Groups

Inked : the Health Sciences Writing Collective

  Inked: the HS Writing Collective is a graduate writing group hosted and organized by the Health Sciences Writing Centre. Inked currently supports two weekly, in-person/hybrid, graduate writing sessions during the Winter 2023 term. Sessions begin the week of January 16.

 The group offers a collaborative and distraction-free environment where you can work on your current writing projects, presentations, and/or teaching. Sessions will be structured with frequent opportunities for breaks and one-on-one writing support. Most importantly, the sessions will allow you to focus on your work with the built-in accountability and social support of writing with others. Coffee and snacks will be provided. If you are planning to join one of our sessions, please contact the host of each session below (i.e., Michael or David). Please feel free to invite friends and colleagues who may be interested in joining.

  Tuesdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm , in BN304 [ in-person or virtual ] – hosted by Michael Cournoyea, HSWC writing instructor ( [email protected] )

Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm , in HS106 (HS100 on Mar. 9) [ in-person or virtual ] – hosted by David Calloway, HSWC writing instructor ( [email protected])

 If you’re interested in additional or alternative writing support, there are also online and hybrid  Graduate Writing Groups  hosted by Academic Success at Student Life, with a few hybrid sessions each week.

News & Announcements

Acrew program for 1st year kpe students - new session to start september 9, 2022.

Are you a first-year undergraduate student in KPE?   ACReW can start you off right by giving you feedback on your academic reading and writing!

ACReW (Academic Reading and e-Writing) is an online program for first-year undergraduate KPE students, offering individualized feedback two times per week on your academic reading and writing skills. Sign up for a 2-week session to get paired up with a writing instructor – space is limited!

What is required?

1.       read something of your choice (a course reading, a newspaper article, a magazine report, etc.)

2.       write a short email (one page or less) to your assigned writing instructor, responding to the reading (e.g., summarizing it, paraphrasing, or reflecting on it).

3.       your instructor will write you back , commenting on your response and its strengths and weaknesses

ACReW can help you develop the ability to recognize key points and respond to them, practice citation, improve your academic vocabulary, and identify skills you need to improve.  Two readings/writings each week are scheduled.

This program is operated by the Health Sciences Writing Centre. It is free, but requires students to sign up and commit to participating for two weeks. Space is limited.

Session Fall 2022:  September 9-23.                            

Sign up by emailing Dr. Boba Samuels at [email protected] Provide your full name and student number.  You will receive additional information when your participation is confirmed.

Health notice - COVID-19 and your appointment

Appointments are currently available both VIRTUALLY and IN-PERSON. If you will be on campus and do not have COVID symptoms, you are welcome to see an instructor in person by making an in-person appointment. If you prefer to work virtually, you may choose either: online (synchronous video and audio) or e-tutoring (asynchronous emailed feedback) consultations. If you have questions about your appointment, please email your writing instructor or Dr. Boba Samuels, Director.

For more information on UoT’s recommendations during this time, please see coronavirus .

Previous announcements

We are celebrating 25 years of the health sciences writing centre.

The Health Sciences Writing Centre opened its doors in 1994, and we have been teaching students to write more effectively ever since. Click on this article about us, and come for an appointment so you can join the thousands of students we’ve helped!

On April 17, 2020 the University of Toronto Writing Centres Directors will hold a PD session celebrating the HSWC’s 25th anniversary and looking ahead to the future of writing centre work.

Appointment Scheduling: NEW scheduling system!

We implemented a new online scheduling system in September 2018!  Click under "Appointments" and the link to "Make an Appointment." ALL students need to register for an account, even if you have been to the HSCW before. If you have questions, please contact the Director of the HSWC, Dr. Boba Samuels, at [email protected]

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Not ready to enrol but want to learn more?

Attend a free information session on April 5, or have a representative from The Chang School contact you.

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Attend our Webinar: Creative Writing at The Chang School  

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020

Time: 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. EST

Welcome to the writing life at The Chang School!

Have you been holding on to an idea for a story for a long time? Have you wanted to develop a writing practice but don’t know where to start? Maybe you already have a project on the go, but want to know how to take it to the next stage in its development.

Our goal is to jump-start your creativity and guide you through the craft of writing in various genres. Classes are small and students quickly form a community of emerging writers. Whether you are getting your feet wet with a beginner’s course or making the final touches on your novel, we have a course to fit your needs.

Creative writing is both a craft and an art. Workshops allow students to dip a toe into the world of imaginative writing and then continue with more advanced workshops in a variety of genres.

We welcome beginners and advanced writers, and everyone in between.

What You Can Expect

Earn a Professional Development Award in Creative Writing

Creative Writing workshops are non-credit, but students who successfully complete a minimum of three courses, totalling a minimum of 60 hours, are eligible to earn a Professional Development Award from The Chang School. You can also take more than three courses if you wish.

See Course Series Requirements for more information.

This course series offers the following benefits:  

Jessica Westhead's Worry Recognized on CBC's Canada Reads 2020 Longlist

Chang School instructor Jessica Westhead's new novel, Worry , has secured a place on the CBC Canada Reads 2020 longlist . This year's theme is "one book to bring Canada into focus".

Jessica teaches both Short Fiction Writing - Level I (CWWR 410) and Creative Travel Writing (CWWR 952) in the Course Series in Creative Writing.

Congratulations, Jessica!


Our students are creative, interesting people from every walk of life, from all sorts of backgrounds, and from a wide range of ages. Some are new to writing, others are committed writers eager to get feedback, and all are bound by their desire to write. Many have become published authors.

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Genevieve Scott Author, Catch My Drift (Goose Lane Editions, 2018)

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Sue’s Story

“At The Chang School I found myself immersed in a writers’ community – and I loved every moment of it. The workshops allowed me to interact and share experiences with other writers, which in turn gave me the confidence to publish my first novel. I’m currently writing my third book!”

Sue Maynard Author, Carving the Light

Brendan’s Story

“I had been thinking about developing a website about my sailing trip to Australia for some time and ‘Writers and the New Media’ (CWWR 369) was just the thing I was looking for to get me started. Taking this course helped me focus my ideas and aided me in designing my site. The instructor, Rhonda Abrams, was helpful in critiquing my design and answering any questions I had. From the design and information about providers, to showing me how to get my site up and running, she was invaluable every step of the way. I would recommend this course to anyone who has a strong idea of what they want but just doesn’t know how to start.”

Brendan Shadford

Joanne’s Story

“I took an online creative writing course through The Chang School. There were many talented people in that class, and I felt entirely out of my league, but I was encouraged by the instructor to continue. Since then I have written two novels, four short stories, and one children’s book…I mostly work part-time, just four days a week, so I have plenty of time to write, but there have been weeks where I’ve worked more than 40 hours, and I still find that window of time to write. I have to. I feel the urge, the pull, to write. So to anyone that has these same feelings that I have, please keep trying. It’s a wonderful feeling when you’ve written something that you KNOW is good.”

Joanne Jackson

Jann’s Story

“The quality of instruction is exceptional. The instructors are selfless, give you great hints, and create a very safe environment right from the get-go. That was one of the delights for me – the classes are made up of a real cross section of people, and everyone feels comfortable in coming forward. In addition, the instructors bring in guests who provide other voices, other opinions from the world of publishing.”

Jann Stefoff

Our Students’ Success

Many of our students go on to publish their work in journals, newspapers, magazines, and in book form. Here are some names you may recognize.

Laurel’s Story

When Laurel Croza arrived at Toronto Metropolitan University's  True to Life memoir writing class (CWWR 336) , she had never attempted any creative writing. With encouragement from instructor Beth Kaplan as well as her classmates, Laurel developed an assignment into a manuscript for a children’s book. The manuscript was accepted for publication by Groundwood Books. In June 2010, her book I Know Here won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature. Her second book, From There to Here , was published by Groundwood Books in 2014. Congratulations, Laurel!

Other Published Writers

Martha Baillie (fiction, poetry, and reviews) My Sister Esther (Turnstone Press, 1995) Madame Balashovskaya's Apartment ( Turnstone Press, 1999) The Shape I Gave You (Knopf Canada, 2006) The Incident Report (Pedlar Press, 2009) The Search for Heinrich Schlögel (Pedlar Press, 2014) If Clara (Coach House Books, 2017) Also many short stories, poems, and reviews in journals

Cathy Marie Buchanan (fiction) The Day the Falls Stood Still (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2009) The Painted Girls (Riverhead Books, 2014)

Alexa Clark (non-fiction) CheapEats Toronto CheapEats Ottawa (Plethora Press)

Lainie Cohen (memoir) Crooked Smile: One Family’s Journey Towards Healing (ECW Press, 2003)

Laurel Croza (children’s literature) I Know Here (Groundwood Books, 2010) From There to Here (Groundwood Books, 2014)

Anthony De Sa (fiction) Barnacle Love (Doubleday Canada, 2008) Kicking the Sky (Doubleday Canada, 2013) Children of the Moon (Doubleday Canada, 2019)

Brian Francis (fiction) Fruit (ECW Press, 2004) Natural Order (Doubleday Canada, 2011) Break in Case of Emergency (HarperCollins, 2019)

JF Garrard (fiction, non-fiction, poetry) The Undead Sorceress (Dark Helix Press, 2014) The Literary Elephant: The Beginner’s Guide to Indie Publishing (Dark Helix Press, 2015) Trump: Utopia or Dystopia (Dark Helix Press, 2017) ‘Three Microaggressions’ (poem) in Currents: A Ricepaper Anthology (Ricepaper Magazine/Asian Canadian Writers Workshop, 2017)

Rhoda Graser (various) Memoir called ‘A Tale of Three Stockings Without Holes’ selected for anthology An Orange from Portugal – Christmas Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland (Goose Lane Editions, 2003) Four short stories broadcast on CBC Radio (2004):  – ‘The Old Neighbourhood’  – ‘The Music of My Childhood’  – ‘On Sundays We Dress Up.’  – ‘What's Fair?’ All published in The New Brunswick Reader (2000)

Jessica Ruth Harris (various) Essay called ‘Escaping Emily’ (winner in 2007 Short Grain Contest, Grain Magazine ) Story called ‘The Art Project’ in anthology My Wedding Dress: True Life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle (Random House, Canada, 2007)

Gillian Kerr (non-fiction) 'Tiny Tomatoes' – a creative non-fiction essay in anthology Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle (Vintage Canada, 2006)

Elise Levine (fiction) Driving Men Mad (Porcupine’s Quill, 1995; Emblem Editions, McClelland & Stewart, 2003) Requests and Dedications (McClelland & Stewart, 2003)

Sue Maynard (fiction) Carving the Light (CreateSpace, 2010) Ebon Black and the Seven Dryads (CreateSpace, 2011)

K.D. Miller (fiction) A Litany In the Time of Plague (Porcupine’s Quill, 1994) Give Me Your Answer (Porcupine’s Quill, 1999) Holy Write (Porcupine’s Quill, 2001)

Genevieve Scott (fiction) Catch My Drift (Goose Lane Editions, 2018)

Course Series Requirements

Each of our ten-week courses is made up of ten modules. In each module, we work together on a new aspect of the writing craft. There is no long lecture to read. Instead, the module offers thinking points and discussion points, followed by an exercise. You respond online, your classmates read what you say/write and respond to it, and the instructor gives feedback. There is a short homework assignment each week.

In ten weeks, we cover all the key elements of the genre. In addition, we invite an online guest (publisher/editor) who will answer your questions about the world of publishing and editing.

Participation and Sense of Community

You are expected to comment on the assignments of others, and in turn, they (and the instructor) will comment on and critique your posted work. The atmosphere is good-humoured and collegial, and there is no shortage of jokes and off-the-cuff observations, just as there would be in an earthbound classroom. In the final modules, you will have a chance to post a full draft of a story or travel article.

Questions? Contact Ana Abreu, Program Coordinator. Email:   [email protected]

Additional Details

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Beth’s courses at the University of Toronto Winner, 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award, Creative Writing, U of T School of Continuing Studies.

I taught “True to Life: Writing Your Own Story” at Ryerson University for 26 years, until Covid shut us down in 2020. Since 2007 and ongoing, I have taught “Life Stories I and II” at the University of Toronto. The course currently runs Tuesday afternoons on Zoom, so is open to students from around the world. It works extremely well on Zoom. www.learn.utoronto.ca

“Life Stories I” is for anyone, both experienced and inexperienced, interested in finding inspiration, structure, and support for their personal writing. “Life Stories II,” which runs only sometimes in the winter term, is for writers who have taken Life Stories I and wish to continue.

The course explores the kind of writing I love and write myself: creative non-fiction, specifically memoir and personal essay.

Some of my students have never written a single “creative” word, a few have been published but are now stuck, and most are somewhere in between — they have always wanted to write or wrote when younger but stopped, and they need structure, encouragement, and practical feedback.

It’s my job to help them find their most vital stories, the courage and discipline to get the stories down, and the technique to make their narratives compelling for others to read.

Although, for me, students have achieved success when they find satisfaction in their writing work, there’s another kind of success story that makes me proud — stuffed in a large box in my office are published books, essays in anthologies, magazines, and newspapers, and even writing prizes won by my students.

If you’re interested in studying with me and have questions, please get in touch via the Contacts page on this website.

Student Writing

Below are some stories by a cross-section of former students who have continued working with me. (Each story is copyrighted by the author and cannot be reproduced without the author’s permission.)

Sick by R. S. Croft R.S. Croft is a pseudonym for a writer who today lives drug-free, supports herself as a stripper, and sends powerful bulletins from a world we rarely encounter in prose.

The Bad Day by Kate Gallant That Kate Gallant is a gifted comic actress shows in her writing, which begs to be read out loud.

Hating Your Thighs & Brunch #1: Arrivals and Departures by Jessica Harris Jessica Harris, whose essay in the anthology “Wedding Dresses” was singled out for praise, here explores heartache with her usual wry honesty.

On Becoming 40 by Gillian Kerr Gillian Kerr’s story “Tiny Tomatoes,” written for her class at Ryerson, was chosen for the third “Dropped Threads” anthology.  She writes with rare transparency and candor.

Inside 229 by Sylvia Knight Sylvia Knight has written a funny and moving memoir of her entire life, from a very early memory of her childhood home in Toronto’s Beach neighborhood, printed here, to now, in her seventies.

Pat by Elizabeth Marsh Elizabeth Marsh writes with unsentimental precision and grace about her family homestead in the Ottawa valley, then and now.

Adrian’s Bucket by Gerry Withey Gerry Withey is both a busy visual artist and a perceptive, original and lucid writer.

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Category: Writers’ Co-op

The Writers’ Co-op is a sub-committee that hosts free, public writing workshops at Hart House throughout the academic year. We are student-run and collaborate with Toronto artists, such as Ronna Bloom, Avi Silver, and Sienna Tristen. We also created the Decent Exposure Workshop Series with the English MA Students at the University, which is a learning opportunity for the graduate students and participants alike. Our workshops span many topics, such as world-building, poetry, prose, and short-fiction. Our Come Write With Us! events are also an opportunity for students to gather and work on their writing, be it academic essays or personal projects. Our workshops are a place for learning, exploring, and sharing, and we hope you join us for our upcoming programming! Check us out on our Facebook page for event details and more: https://www.facebook.com/harthousewriterscoop/

Lingua Fantastica: A Shale Project Writer’s Co-op Workshop

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More often than not, advice about making a language for your fictional world gets lost in translation. That’s where the good folks of The Shale Project come to the rescue! Sienna Tristen, fantasy author and linguist by training, returned to the Writer’s Co-op with their partner Avi Silver for a brand-new workshop at Hart House. In this workshop, they discussed the benefits and pitfalls of building a language from scratch, and how to effectively use a fictional tongue in your science fiction and fantasy stories.

Begin Again: A Poet-in-Community Workshop with Ronna Bloom

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How do you plug back into your power when you’re running low? Where does the energy come from? Do you need a poetry infusion, a bit of support, a burst of brightness? This poetry workshop focused on taking some time and getting sparked by poetry, and by the actions and ideas of others. Through writing and engaging lightly with words and people, begin again.

Ronna Bloom is a poet and teacher. Her most recent book, The More (Pedlar Press, 2017) was longlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB, and have been translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese. Ronna created the Poet in Residence program at Sinai Health and is currently the Poet in Community to the University of Toronto.

Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are with Ronna Bloom

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In this workshop with U of T’s poet-in-community Ronna Bloom, through the use of poems and prompts, participats wrote and reflected on what sustains them, what they love and what they need, taking this time for themselves as a flicker of possibility of how they might take time for themselves in general. Keep an eye out for more workshops with Ronna Bloom coming up!

The Worldbuilding of Wakanda: Black Panther and Afrofuturism

As part of the Hart House Black Futures series, the Writer’s Co-op Worldbuilding of Wakanda panel with speakers Antoine Bandele , Stephanie Chrismon , and Rashid Mohiddin explored how elements of science fiction and fantasy intersect with African representation, and the way setting interacts with theme in Black Panther.

Finding Light in the Darkness with Ronna Bloom

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Ronna Bloom , U of T’s inimitable poet-in-community, held this Writer’s Co-op social in December in order to bring the light in by reading poetry and leading writing exercises. Keep an eye out for more events with Ronna Bloom coming up!

Lingua Fantastica: How to Construct a Fictional Language

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In October, Sienna Tristen, fantasy author and linguist by training, came back with her partner Avi Silver for a brand-new workshop at Hart House. In this two-part series, they discussed the benefits and pitfalls of building a language from scratch, and how to effectively use a fictional tongue in your science fiction and fantasy stories. Visit Avi and Sienna’s own fantasy world and learn more about what they’re doing here: http://www.welcometoshale.com/ .

Intentional Worldbuilding: Creating a Fictional World

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Over the course of three weeks, Writer’s Co-op favorites Avi Silver and Sienna Tristen, creators of multimedia storytelling platform The Shale Project , ran this workshop series focused on navigating the complexities of building a fictional world from the ground-up. They discussed making setting a character, drafting a society’s blueprints, and defining individual characters within the world of a story. Keep an eye out for more fantastic worldbuilding events with Avi and Sienna coming up!

Decent Exposure Workshops: Our First Journal is Up!

Check out our end-of-year journal for the Decent Exposure Workshop Series! This collaboration between the English MA Creative Writing students and the Writers’ Co-op was a joy to produce.

From Language, Life!: Worldbuilding Workshops

The worldbuilding workshops we hosted in February 2020 were jam-packed with information on the creation of settings, cultures, and entire worlds. Led by authors Avi Silver and Sienna Tristen, we created our own worlds from the ground up, beginning with geography and ending with language. The workshops were joyful and insightful, and prompted us to consider the structures, symbols, and quirks of our own cultures. More worldbuilding is coming next year. Visit Avi and Sienna’s own world called Shale here: http://www.welcometoshale.com/

Workshops with Ronna Bloom

Poet in Community, Ronna Bloom, has joined us regularly to host our end-of-semester workshops. Her workshops are personal and cathartic, as everyone is encouraged to share and discuss as we move through writing prompts tailored to the workshops’ themes. Sessions are open to the public.

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    Submit your short story to receive feedback during the workshop! We have a couple of. Submit your writings to the literary anthology for Writers for Welfare!

  6. Writing Resources

    Here is some key information for students in Arts and Science: Writing Centres (www.writing.utoronto.ca/writing-centres/centres/arts-and-science). Each college

  7. Health Sciences Writing Centre

    Registered undergraduate or graduate students (with a valid UTOR/ID) in one of the following University of Toronto Faculties are welcome to book

  8. Creative Writing

    Required Courses (select 3) · CWWR 110 Introduction To Creative Writing · CWWR 120 Writing Poetry · CWWR 130 Creative Nonfiction Essay Writing · CWWR 336 True to

  9. UTCWC

    activities on how to write setting! ... to [email protected] by noon, November 24. ... https://utoronto.zoom.

  10. teaching

    The course explores the kind of writing I love and write myself: creative non-fiction, specifically memoir and personal essay. Some of my students have never

  11. Category: Writers' Co-op

    In this workshop with U of T's poet-in-community Ronna Bloom