The Journey – A Group Writing Session

When: Thursday, January 30, 7–9 p.m.

Where: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Spadina, 192 Spadina Avenue
Alterna Savings Room, Ground Floor (please note new room)

Event description

“Fiction writers are strange beasts. They are, like all writers, observers first and foremost. Everything that happens to and around them is potential material for a story, and they look at it that way.”
— Terry Brooks, Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life

Whether you are a published author, a hobbyist writer, or an aspiring author, it’s sometimes good to break the mold. As the  grey, cold, and snowy months of winter settle in, Authors–Toronto invites you to leave your warm and toasty fire and your cozy PJs behind and join your fellow Toronto-area writers on Thursday, January 30. We are hosting a group writing workshop that will push your writing boundaries and break the doldrums of winter by giving you the opportunity to co-author a short story with other authors around you. 

Over the course of this two-hour session, we will separate into small groups that will afford us an opportunity to see how something as simple as venturing out to a workshop can explode into a vibrant story, allow us to see how others’ creative processes work, and encourage us to incorporate them into our own daily practices. Using small prompts from The Writer’s Toolbox and your own unique observations and experiences from your journey to the workshop, we will be writing a story called, “The Journey” — a tale of a reclusive (or not!) author leaving their house in the dead of winter for a destination yet to be discovered. The details are up to you and your group…this is just a brief framework to get you started!

Afterwards, we will have an opportunity to share our stories with the group to receive feedback. We will then have a short time to take that feedback and make any updates we wish. Stories will be posted on the Canadian Authors–Toronto website and Facebook page.

Don’t miss this stress-free and exciting evening of fellowship with writers who are also finding their way in our great city. 

Please pay extra attention on your journey from your doorstep to CSI Spadina. Everything you see might be an inspiration that could spark an amazing character, setting or plot detail for your story! We recommend bringing your favourite notebook and pen or pencil to be able to jot down what inspires you both on the way and at the session, but please feel free to bring your laptop or other device. Note that because this is a group writing activity in a time-sensitive setting, we will be providing brainstorming cheat sheets and paper in case you don’t want to share your notebook or computer. 

Various books, including two donated by Porcupine’s Quill Press and three brought back from Book Expo in New York City by our fearless co-prez JF Garrard; a $25 gift certificate to any Oxford Properties shopping centre, donated by Oxford Properties; and a $10 Starbucks gift certificate.