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U of T Summer Writing School

“The U of T writing school was a great way to plunge into tangential dialogue, surprising plot twists, and flesh out an eccentric cast of characters… and in addition to all that, I did some half-decent fiction writing while I was there.”
Vincent Lam, Author Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures: Stories, Giller Prize Award Winner, and Creative Writing Summer School Student

July 13 – 17, 2015


Join one of our five day intensive workshops for emerging writers. Steps from the subway, on U of T’s campus in downtown Toronto, we offer you a chance to learn the craft of writing from some of Canada’s finest authors:

Alissa York, Ken Babstock, Ken McGoogan, Heather Birrell, Kelley Armstrong, Ranjini George Philip, Norman Snider, Howard Shrier, and Russell Smith..

The 2015 program features limited-enrolment, daily round-table workshops! As well, there will be one panel discussion, instructor and student readings, and the opportunity to meet and discuss your work with other emerging writers.

Sign up before June 14th to take advantage of the early bird registration fee.

Final day for registration is July 3rd.

Please submit a piece (or excerpt) you want to workshop, double-spaced, upon registration or June 29th at the latest: scs.writing@utoronto.ca

Submissions are required for the following courses only:
• SCS 2384 Dark Fantasy
• SCS 2570 Historical Fiction
• SCS 1828 Mystery and Suspense Writing
• SCS 1674 Narrative Non-Fiction
• SCS 1673 Novel Workshop
• SCS 1671 Poetry Workshop
• SCS 1993 Screenwriting
• SCS 1672 Short Story Workshop
• SCS 1825 Writing a Bestselling Novel
• SCS 2706 Writing the Memoir
• SCS 2883 Writing the YA Novel
• SCS 2912 Column Writing

Submissions will be posted onto Blackboard, and made accessible to your classmates. You will be e-mailed access to Blackboard on June 29th. We ask that you read all submissions before your first day of class.

Deadline to withdraw from The U of T Summer Writing School is 5 p.m. Friday July 10th. To withdraw, please e-mail learn@utoronto.ca.

U of T Summer Writing School Courses

SCS 2203 Creating Comics and Graphic Novels
SCS 2384 Dark Fantasy
SCS 2570 Historical Fiction
SCS 2202 Introduction to Creative Writing
SCS 2763 Meditation and Writing Retreat
SCS 1828 Mystery and Suspense Writing
SCS 1674 Narrative Non-Fiction
SCS 1673 Novel Workshop
SCS 1671 Poetry Workshop
SCS 1993 Screenwriting
SCS 1672 Short Story Workshop
SCS 1994 Songwriting
SCS 2706 Writing the Memoir
SCS 2883 Writing the YA Novel
SCS 2912 Column Writing
taught by Willow Dawson
taught by Kelley Armstrong
taught by TBA
taught by Heather Birrell
taught by Ranjini George Philip
taught by Howard Shrier
taught by Ken McGoogan
taught by TBA
taught by Ken Babstock
taught by Norman Snider
taught by Alissa York
taught by Justin Rutledge
taught by Marina Nemat
taught by Mariko Tamaki
taught by Russell Smith