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Panic-Free Poetry and Rupi Kaur

March 17th, 2016 · No Comments

Hey poets and poetry lovers or likers — a double-header! I’ll be doing a Panic-Free Poetry Workshop tomorrow followed by a performance by Rupi Kaur. Come, write, listen, be.

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The Dialect of the Heart: Reconnecting to Your Passion for Writing

January 19th, 2016 · No Comments

The Dialect of the Heart: Reconnecting to Your Passion for Writing

A Workshop For Graduate students at the University of Toronto

January 20, 2016

Spadina and Harbord

Sometimes the relationship with what or who we are studying goes stale. We lose heart. This two-hour workshop aims to coax you into different kinds of conversations between work life and creative self, between heart and page. Using poems, prompts, and memories, bring yourselves back into the room with what you know in a new way.

Here is the link to registration:

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P is for presence; O is for overwhelmed: 4 writing workshops

January 19th, 2016 · No Comments

A series of writing workshops to explore the stresses and passions of daily life as a student

4 Tuesdays at noon: January 19, 26, February 2, 9th, 2016

Every day that you are a student you’re also perhaps a friend, an animal lover, an activist and more. In these four writing workshops we will look at every day moments of distraction and exhaustion, attending also to the pull and call of passion and vocation.

Through writing and conversation, we will look at ways to become more present, nourished, and connect or reconnect to what you love and why you’re here. There will be four sessions. You are welcome to attend any one or all sessions. No experience necessary.

1. What If You Didn’t? and other questions to ask when you’re exhausted
2. O is for overwhelmed (or wake up, your housecoat is on fire)
3. Be Good to Yourself Whoever You Are
4. Where’s the love? A session on passion as distraction and passion as direction

When: Tuesdays, 12–1 pm
Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, 2016
Where: Multi-Faith Centre
Cost: Free

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October 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Write Now! is a program of free drop-in writing sessions where you can nurture your own voice and creativity through writing and reflection. All are welcome. No previous writing experience is necessary. Join the Poet in Community Facebook group and get updates about what will happen in each session.

Or just show up!

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Write Now! — Drop-in writing sessions: 3 x a week, 3 locations @ U of T

January 9th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Write Now! 

Do you struggle with finding words to express your experiences? Do you stare at the blank screen with your heart pounding? Would you like a place of self-expression without grades or expectations? Write Now! is a program of free drop-in sessions run by peer mentors, where you can nurture your own voice and creativity through writing and reflection. Groups meet weekly in three locations across campus: the Academic Success Centre, Multi-Faith Centre and Hart House. 

Tuesdays 4:30-6pm at the Multi-Faith Centre
Thursdays 11:30-1pm Hart House
Friday 1:30-3pm Academic Success Centre

Open to University of Toronto students


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The Conversation Below: Poetry and Qualitative Research

October 15th, 2014 · No Comments


The Conversation Below: Poetry and Qualitative Research

A public talk sponsored by The Academic Success Centre, U of T

What are the places that research sometimes doesn’t reach? What are the things people have not yet articulated –– perhaps even to themselves –– that we want to hear and understand and express? What can poetry do? Using poems and reflections, we will investigate the places we get stuck, and our frustrations with language and traditional methods of research. And we will look at the potential for poetry to unleash us: to say, hear and share the knowledge we’re after. This presentation will be part talk, part poem and part writing so that we may use all channels possible to get to the conversation below.


Wednesday October 15, 2014

Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE

252 Bloor St. West



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Finding Your Balance

February 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Finding Your Balance
A series of workshops to restore and explore balance

Finding balance in university and in life is like finding balance on a bicycle. It’s not something you do with your mind; nor is it something you do once. It’s something you keep finding and correcting as the terrain changes. This is true of any activity: being on a boat, in a car, on your feet, in your life. Everything changes. How do you go forward?

Use writing to look at the geography of your terrain: where you are, when you need to shift gears, where you’re stuck, when you fall, and what it’s like when you’re on the ride.

February 27: Rocking the Boat and Other Reasons We Don’t Ask For What We Want
March 6: Taking Your Whole Self To School
March 13: Writing Your Way Out of A Paper Bag

No special writing experience necessary.

When: Thursdays, February 27th, March 6th and 13th | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Where: Hart House


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A Place to Be

January 31st, 2014 · No Comments

If you’d like a place for writing, mindfulness, and quiet, this might be it. An hour and a half with a few poems, a few muffins, a meditation, and no expectation. Led by Cheryl Champagne, who offers Mindful Mondays at CAPS, and Ronna Bloom, Poet in Community, this one-off event is for anyone who needs it.


Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

Tuesday February 4, 2014
Career Centre Seminar Room

Register here.

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Emotions, Emoticons….A brand new series starts in January

December 16th, 2013 · No Comments

Emotions, Emoticons and Feeling Your Way Through University

We take in new learning through what we hear, study and experience, and things shift: we’re ‘moved’. But what do you do with feelings that arise? Do you send them in a text or write them into an essay? In this series, through writing and investigative mapmaking, explore how feelings shape and bring life to learning.

Wednesdays January 29, February 5, 12, 2014


Seminar Room, Career Centre

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Tracking the Threads of What You Love

September 16th, 2013 · No Comments

Tracking the Threads of What You Love

(Or, where heart meets school, life, and career all in one workshop)

In this workshop, begin to track your passions, hobbies and curiosities; the music, relationships, and even foods that attract and sustain you. Could these experiences provide grounding for your academic work, your life balance, and your career paths? Using poems and questions to spark short writing exercises, illuminate the resources you carry that may also carry you forward into the future.

No special writing experience necessary.

Thursday, October 10th | Noon – 1:30 pm

Open to all current students at the University of Toronto

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