Runs from Friday October 21 2022 to Friday October 21 2022

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Debra Anderson

2PM- 4PM

Class Description:

In this laidback class, we’ll explore fun and varied short writing prompts that will unlock your imagination, connect you with your creativity, and help you let go. When you witness where your ink flows, it offers you the freedom to reconnect with your bold, brave, tender, and playful self.

Everyone has important stories inside, and this is a non-judgmental safe space to tell them. When we create something for ourselves, we take time out to recharge, prioritize ourselves, connect with our dreams, and the complex galaxy inside of us.

You’ll leave each class inspired and uplifted, with your own unique writing generated from exercises and your vivid ideas.

Each class will begin with a quick check in and gratitude journal entries, and end with a check out. In a no pressure environment, we’ll slide together into easy, yet exciting, short writing exercises. We’ll engage our senses on the page and play with word, theme, and symbol prompts such as colours, the elements (fire, earth, water, and air), setting, dialogue, character creation (humans, animals, mythical beasts), composing a love letter to yourself, and other compelling writing exercises.

No experience necessary. Everyone welcome. Sharing class exercises is optional.

Materials: A journal or paper, and a pen.

About the instructor: Debra Anderson is an award-winning author who was the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers. Debra holds an Honours B.A. Degree in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies from York University and is based in Tkaronto/Toronto. Debra is a disabled queer Community Arts Educator, Active Listener, and has taught Creative Writing Workshops at numerous literary festivals, youth conferences, and at various Toronto Public Library branches, as well as at other venues. Her writing has been widely anthologized. She has performed across Canada at literary festivals, World Pride and Nuit Rose, anthology and book launches, literary reading series, cabarets, and other events. Debra has been a guest author and panelist at universities, high schools, the Toronto Public Library, and other places. Code White (McGilligan Books) is her first novel and has been taught in multiple university courses. Herizons Magazine called Code White, “The work of a writer who takes her issues as seriously as she takes her fun.”

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