A writing circle consists of a group of writers who are interested in sharing their drafts, and giving and receiving support and feedback.

The Toronto branch plans to launch several new writing/critiquing circles around the GTA. These will be safe environments where members of Canadian Authors – Toronto can meet to exchange drafts and receive peer critiques and encouragement.

Please contact co-president Lee Parpart at TOpresident1@canadianauthors.org for more information or to offer your services as a moderator.

Hope to see you soon!

Annex Writing Circle

Members of Canadian Authors–Toronto: Please note that the Annex Writing Circle is now full. Previously writers had met at a downtown location, however, due to COVID-19, the current circle is meeting virtually.

Advance registration is required. Membership had been capped at 10 participants to ensure that everyone has a chance to give and receive feedback on each work-in-progress.

Please note that Authors–Toronto writing circles are open only to members of Canadian Authors Association. Visit https://canadianauthors.org/national/join/ to join.

The basic structure of each meeting will be as follows: Members will be asked to submit their draft of up to 2,000 words to the group a few days before each meeting. Drafts will be discussed in the order in which they are received by email. We’ll allow for about 15 minutes of introductions or catching up at the start of each meeting, then divide the time spent on each draft by the number of people in attendance. We’ll decide as a group whether we want to bring some simple snacks.

Email Canadian Authors–Toronto co-president Lee Parpart at TOpresident1 at canadianauthors.org to register or to find out more.

CAA Toronto Virtual Writing Circle

Members of Canadian Authors–Toronto: Please consider joining our new Virtual Writing Circle! Held on the GoToMeeting platform, the circle is a safe space to gather feedback on works-in-progress.

2020 Session dates (Fridays, starting 7pm):

May 15

June 19

July 17

August 14

September 18

October 16

November 20

December (no session)

Advance registration is required. Membership will be capped at 10 participants to ensure that everyone has a chance to give and receive feedback on each work-in-progress.

Please note that Authors–Toronto writing circles are open only to members of Canadian Authors Association. Visit https://canadianauthors.org/national/join/ to join.

The basic structure of each meeting will be as follows: Members will take turns reading a piece of up to 1,500 words to the group via an online platform. The other members in attendance will critique the piece after the reading. We ask that critiques be constructive as each member is attending the circle to improve their writing skills and we want to ensure a safe space for all.  

Email Canadian Authors–Toronto co-president JF Garrard (hello at jfgarrard.com) to register or to find out more.

These are the first of several planned writing/critiquing circles to be hosted by Canadian Authors–Toronto across the GTA. But we (your new branch executive committee of six) can’t do it all ourselves. We are looking for moderators to organize and run writing circles across the GTA. Please contact Lee Parpart (TOpresident1 at canadianauthors.org) with all inquiries and offers to moderate. Experience in a writing group is helpful but not essential; we will help you learn!