Occurs on Wednesday May 10 2023

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Emily Gillespie

May 10- June 28, Wednesday, 10AM-12PM

Class Description: In this class students will learn the basics of creative writing, from craft, to writing prompts, to professional development skills to getting work out and into the world. By the end of the class students will have explored their preferred writing medium, gained confidence in their writing, understand how to give and receive peer critique, and have a basic understanding of the publishing industry.

Materials: Writing utensils.

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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