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U of T Summer Writing School

The U of T Summer Writing School five-day intensives feature round-table workshops, a panel discussion, and instructor/student readings.

Join a community of emerging writers and learn the craft of writing from some of Canada’s finest authors:
Dennis Bock, Willow Dawson, Ken Babstock, Ken McGoogan, Kelley Armstrong, Dave Bidini, Marina Nemat, Thom Vernon, Ranjini George Philip, Marina Endicott, Russell Smith, Anne Laurel Carter, Heather Birrell, Pasha Malla, Anne Laurel Carter and Howard Shrier.

The downtown St. George campus section runs from July 10th – 14th.

Limited-enrolment. Classes fill quickly. Register Now!

Sign up before June 12th to take advantage of the early bird registration fee.

Final day for registration is July 1st.

Featured Courses

  • 2912
    Summer Writing School: Column Writing

    Expert opinion and commentary are quickly becoming the media's most valuable offering. Part of the U of T Summer Writing School, this course is your chance to work with Globe and Mail columnist Russell Smith and meet a community of writers working in many genres.
  • 2203
    Summer Writing School: Creating Comics & Graphic Novels

    Learn to write comics and graphic novels in a five-day intensive workshop led by a prominent writer. Part of the U of T Summer Writing School, this course introduces you to a wider writing community working in the amazingly diverse world of comics.
  • 2202
    Summer Writing School: Creative Writing Introduction

    Improve your writing skills in a five-day intensive workshop led by an experienced author. Part of the U of T Summer Writing School, this course introduces you to a wider writing community working in many different genres.
  • 2570
    Summer Writing School: Historical Fiction

    Learn how to create an authentic world that balances historical fact and imagination in this five-day workshop led by a nationally recognized author. Part of the U of T Summer Writing School, it will introduce you to challenges and opportunities particular to the genre - and to a community of like-minded writers.
  • 2763
    Summer Writing School: Meditation & Writing Retreat

    Learn how writing practice and meditation support each other, and how to better integrate them, in this five-day workshop. Part of the U of T Summer Writing School, it's a chance to explore your spirituality through writing, work with a published author and meet a community of like-minded writers.
  • 1828
    Summer Writing School: Mystery & Suspense Writing

    This five-day workshop with award-winning author Howard Shrier will help you launch or improve your crime fiction manuscript. You'll learn what agents and publishers look for, what makes for memorable stories, and get feedback from the instructor and your peers that will help you improve your work.
  • 1674
    Summer Writing School: Narrative Non-Fiction

    Some of the most exciting writing today is found in the emerging genre of narrative non-fiction. This course will teach you how to apply a narrative approach to factual material.
  • 1673
    Summer Writing School: Novel Workshop

    This five-day intensive workshop with a prominent Canadian novelist will help you get your novel on course. You'll see how longer fiction is structured and sustained - how authors plan, develop and polish their work.
  • 1671
    Summer Writing School: Poetry

    This five-day intensive workshop will help you understand the mechanics, craftsmanship and aesthetics of poetry through discussion and writing exercises. Part of the U of T Summer Writing School, it offers you the opportunity to meet writers in other genres and be part of a wider writing community while getting personal attention for your work.
  • 1993
    Summer Writing School: Screenwriting

    Improve your screenwriting skills in this five-day intensive workshop led by a celebrated screenwriter. Part of the U of T Summer Writing School, this course will introduce you to a wider writing community working in many different genres.
  • 1672
    Summer Writing School: Short Story Workshop

    If you have written short stories you want to improve and share with others, this five-day intensive workshop is for you. You'll have your work critiqued in a positive and supportive environment.
  • 1994
    Summer Writing School: Songwriting

    Improve your songwriting skills in a five-day intensive workshop with a celebrated songwriter. Part of the U of T Summer Writing School, this course introduces you to a wider writing community working in many different genres.
  • 3211
    Summer Writing School: Thrills & Chills, Writing Popular Fiction

    Work on your manuscript with Kelley Armstrong, one of Canada’s bestselling authors. This course covers all aspects of writing genre fiction, with an emphasis on the crime thriller, psychological suspense, dark fantasy and horror.
  • 2706
    Summer Writing School: Writing the Memoir

    A memoir is a story only the writer can tell. If you want to write a memoir, whether for publication or as a personal record, this intensive course is for you.
  • 2883
    Summer Writing School: Writing the Young Adult Novel

    Young adult fiction is one of the bestselling genres today, dominating bookstore shelves and movie theatres. In this intensive course, you'll explore the world of writing for young readers.