Runs from Wednesday October 19 2022 to Wednesday November 23 2022

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Emily Gillespie

2PM- 4PM
*Please note that there is no class on November 2nd.

Class Description:

In this special onetime space, join a group of neurodiverse writers as we tell our stories. Is there a topic that you’ve been discouraged from writing about? In this introduction to memoir class come refine your creative writing skills and re-claim your voice as we explore raw and vulnerable stories. We will think about how we will stay safe while telling stories. This class will cover writing prompts and coach you in telling your story, including helping folks figure out what stories are ours to tell and how do we want to tell them. We will also explore the professional side, as in how to edit your work and get published if you are interested. All levels of experience welcome. Please note that the intended audience for this course is Neurodiverse (self-identified) writers at any level.

Materials: -Notebook and pen, computer or tablet, optional, but helpful for sharing work.

About the instructor: Emily (she/they) is an author, disability activist, and professional daydreamer. They recently won the 2021 Dr. James Jamieson Influential Alumni Award from Nipissing University. Gillespie has a BA in Gender Equality and Social Justice and an MA in Critical Disability Studies. They earned a certificate in Creative Writing from Concordia University. They have volunteered and worked in the disability community as an activist, researcher, and facilitator for ten years. Gillespie is also an author and performance artist. Her work explores themes of memory, identity and mental health journeys. They enjoy working in community spaces and examining individual and collective experiences. Dancing with Ghosts (Leaping Lion Books, 2017) is her first novel. Their poetry and short-stories can be found in several journals and anthologies. She is currently drafting her second grant funded novel.

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