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Emerging Writers


This course is designed for emerging writers in any genre who need a nudge to take the leap of faith that will lift their manuscript to new levels. Part workshop, part discussion group, part assignment writing, participants will learn the tools and techniques for mastering the mechanics of rewriting, rethinking, and revising. A practical, hands-on course for those who want to develop better writing, editing and self-editing skills.

Unlike our other workshops, you DO NOT need to be published in order to attend this workshop. Simply attach 5 pages of sample writing during the application process. This course is meant to enhance your work, and strengthen manuscripts into a publishable state.

Information on tuition, scholarships, and bursaries.


with Wayne Grady

Wayne Grady is the award-winning author of Emancipation Day, a novel of denial and identity that was long-listed for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He has also written such works of science and nature as The Bone Museum, Bringing Back the Dodo, The Quiet Limit of the World, and The Great Lakes, which won a National Outdoor Book Award in the U.S. With his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds, he co-authored Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through America. And with David Suzuki he co-wrote the international bestseller Tree: A Life Story. He has also translated fourteen works of fiction from the French, by such authors as Antonine Maillet, Yves Beauchemin, and Danny Laferrière. In 1989, he won the Governor General’s Award for his translation of Maillet’s On the Eighth Day. His most recent translation is of Louis Hamelin’s October 1970, published by House of Anansi Press in 2013.



merilyn-simondsand Merilyn Simonds

Merilyn Simonds is the author of sixteen books, including the creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award; a collection of autobiographical stories, The Lion in the Room Next Door; a novel, The Holding; and a travel memoir, Breakfast at the Exit Café co-written with her husband Wayne Grady. Her short fiction is anthologized internationally and her books have been published in Europe, Asia, Canada, and in the United States by G. P. Putnam’s Sons and W. W. Norton. She recently published A New Leaf: Growing with my Garden, a collection of essays rooted in her twenty–six gardens in eastern Ontario. Her latest work is The Paradise Project, a hand-typeset, hand-printed collection of flash fiction. Susan Halpren, writing in the New York Times, where Simonds’ novel was selected an Editor’s Choice, says, “Simonds is a careful, evocative writer, able to tease out colors from an overcast sky, to find depth in shadows.”

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