University of Toronto's Poet in Community


Autumn 2014
Write Now!”  — Drop-in writing workshops: 3 x a week, 3 locations at U of T

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
Wednesdays 12:30-2pm Hart House
Friday 1:30-3pm Academic Success Centre

Open to University of Toronto students
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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 Finding Your Balance: A series of workshop with Poet in Community


A Place to Be

brickworks   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. —-Rumi Tuesday February 4, 2014 11AM-12:30PM Career Centre Seminar Room Register at   **** Finding a Trusting Spirit: a writing workshop for graduate students at U of T

What part of your spirit never goes to work, gets edited out, or left at home? How do you find words, experiences, human and material supports to invite your whole self to your day? This workshop explores the meeting place of your humanity and your professional self at U of T, the risks and costs, needs and desires. Through writing exercises, explore the possibility of finding a trusting spirit at the cusp of work and heart. No writing experience necessary.

Open to Graduate Students at the University of Toronto Wednesday February 13, 2013 12:30-2PM Presented by the School of Graduate Studies with Equity Offices at the University of Toronto For more information and registration:

Leaps and Boundaries: Navigating Relationships
How do you navigate being involved in your life? Whether your involvement is with a partner, a family member, a community, or a passion: how do you engage while setting boundaries? Using poems as starting points, this series of writing workshops will navigate the sometimes wild ride of our daily interactions, the necessary leaps and limits.
Session 1: Showing Up
Session 2: What if you can’t say no? (or, The Underbelly of Yes)
Session 3: Fear and Leaping
Come to all three sessions for the full effect, or come to any one you can.
Thursdays January 17th, 24th and 31st, 2013
Noon – 1:00pm
Multi-Faith Centre
Register here:


I Have to Choose: The Shimmering Moment of Deciding to be Who I Am (and What to do about It)What happens when we decide to be authentically who we are? The decisions become clear, and fear drops away, or at least, it stops stopping us. Using poetry and writing, find what helps bring the things that will guide you into the light, keep you courageous, and imagine yourself living toward your own vision. This is a collaborative workshop with Ronna Bloom, the Poet-in-the-Community at U of T, and Cheryl Champagne from Health Promotion Programs.Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

******** The last session of “Writing in the Spirit of Connection” is Thursday October 25, and you can still come. The first session of a new series at Hart House starts next week. Everything is on this page. Keep looking. You can register now!   Writing in The Spirit of Connection (or, When You Meet the Stranger, Say Hello) Who is the stranger? Mostly we think of people we don’t know, those new to us, as strangers. But the stranger is also myself when I do something out of character; I say ‘that’s not me.’ How do you encounter what’s unfamiliar where you find it? Fear? Curiousity? In this series, use writing to explore coming up against the other who is both within and without, and saying hello. October 11, 18, 25, 2012 Thursdays Noon-1Pm Multi-Faith Centre To register   ***** Am I? – A Writing Series About Identity and Change Do you ever feel you don’t know who you are? Or who you thought you were no longer fits? We have many identities: one you might have in your family, or others give you, one in your studies, or in the music you love. But we aren’t static, and nothing’s locked down. Like staring into a kaleidoscope, it can be disorienting, but also, maybe, freeing. In these three writing sessions, begin to trace the threads of who you might be. Ask yourself: who am I in this in moment of transition; who am I becoming?   Session 1. What They Said About You (or, Whose Autobiography is this Anyway?) Session 2. I’m Not the Kind of Person Who… Session 3. Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are October 31, November 7, 14, 2012 Wednesdays Noon-1PM Hart House To register:


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  •   Patrick Connors // Dec 6th 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Inspired by The Four Truths (and the Multi-Faith Centre), fired by Writing Your Way Out of A Paper Bag, formed by A Writer’s Process. Still feels like it needs another draft to get the rhythm right, but it is a touchstone on my journey as a poet and in my faith walk, and couldn’t have happened without our Poet In Community, Ronna Bloom!

    Spiritual Warfare

    The inner battle
    Defines the outer man –

    Reluctant or aspired to
    Inevitable as the universe

    On the journey
    We all go on
    But not together

    Whatever God or
    Notion of the Divine
    One holds as Holy

    Each seeks the sacred
    Absolute oneness
    With absolute goodness and truth

    The best that we can be
    And That which is beyond
    The best that we can comprehend

    What holds me back
    Is not real, and yet
    Far more real than reality

    The it which strikes the itch
    I cannot help but scratch
    Although I know it

    Leaves me bitter and raw
    Begging for life or death
    With each breath I draw

    But better to be on the path
    To meet and struggle with anguish
    Than to be in safe harbour

    Avoiding the journey
    Staying with what I’ve accepted
    Denial of my destiny

    O Master whom I always seek
    In my hope and in despair
    Please rest and bless my spirit

  •   Flourish, Publish & Poet-in-Community | Academic Success Centre – Blog // Feb 9th 2015 at 12:16 pm

    […] Bloom, in the capacity of the Poet-in-Community, offers several workshops such as the recurring “Write Now!”, a drop-in writing workshop. Write Now! meets three times a week and is essentially an expectations […]

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