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 consider joining our new Annex Writing Circle!

Where: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Annex, 720 Bathurst St., Toronto

Session dates and meeting rooms:

Thursday, February 7, 7:00–9:30 pm, Meeting Room 2 (second floor)

Thursday, March 14, 7:00–9:30 pm, Meeting Room 2 (second floor)

Thursday, April 11, 7:00–9:30 pm, Meeting Room 2 (second floor)

Thursday, May 9, 7:00–9:30 pm, Meeting Room 4 (third floor)

Thursday, June 13, 7:00–9:30 pm, Meeting Room 4 (third floor)

By consensus of those who have expressed interest in attending Canadian Authors–Toronto writing groups, the former Regent Park Writing Circle has been moved to the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Annex, located at 720 Bathurst St., one block south of Bloor Street.

The Annex Writing Circle takes over from the Regent Park Writing Circle. The first session is on February 7, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm, in Meeting Room 2 at the CSI Annex.

We’ll continue to meet every second Thursday of the month, until June 13. After that, we’ll decide whether to take a summer break or keep going.

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 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@canadianauthors.org to register or to find out more.

This is 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 with all inquiries and offers to moderate. Experience in a writing group is helpful but not essential; we will help you learn!