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Introductory Workshop

WRITING FOR YOUR LIFE | July 16 – 26, 2018

Instructed by Jeanette Lynes & Daniel Scott Tysdal

Applications for the 2018 Introductory Workshop
will open in late January 2018.

E-mail with any questions.


This course is designed for 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, and 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 towards a publishable state.

Writing For Your Life:
Crafting with Courage, Imagination, and Care

Whether you write fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or in hybrid genres, it is time to put your words into the world and embrace the writing life. This practical, hands-on course for emerging writers combines intensive workshops with one-on-one consultations to help you spark new work and soar your drafts to new heights. Sessions will cover writing, revising, and the professional side of the writing life.

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with Jeajeanette-lynes-1nette Lynes

Jeanette Lynes is the author of eight books of poetry and one novel. Her most recent collection, Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems, published by Wolsak and Wynn’s Buckrider Books imprint, received the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. Jeanette’s novel, The Factory Voice, published by Coteau Books, was long-listed for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award. In 2016 Jeanette received a Saskatoon YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Category. She coedited with David Eso the anthology, Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Canadian Poets’ Love Letters in 2015. Jeanette teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Saskatchewan, where she also directs the MFA in Writing.

authors-photo-tysdaland Daniel Scott Tysdal

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Fauxccasional Poems (icehouse 2015), and the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press 2014). His work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Best Canadian Poetry and Best Canadian Essays, and has earned him a number of awards, including the ReLit Award for Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award, the John V. Hicks Award, and honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards. Tysdal is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough. In 2012, the UTSC student newspaper, The Underground, named him one of their four “Professors of the Year.”

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