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We're halfway through the Fall session of the Writers' Circle. Reserve a spot in the next session now. Enrolment is very limited.

Location: Downtown Toronto Duration: 8 weeks. 3 hours

Fall 2012: Sundays, 20 Jan.-10 March., 2013, 4-7p Class-size: very limited

Cost: $320.

Luckily, writing is a craft and art that can be learned by doing it. But many writers lack an on-going focused environment in which to take their work to the next level. Led by writer/performer/educator thom vernon, the Writing Circle is a unique and safe workshop environment designed to be accessible to creative writers: screenwriters, play writers, fiction writers, essayists and others (1-person shows, memoirists, etc.). Participation is by invitation only.

Check out what people have said about thom's facilitating and the drop-down menu above to get a taste of some of the topics we work on in the Writers' Circle.

During each three-hour session, a presentation will be made on one of the key elements of the craft of writing. These include Story, Plot, Logic, Character, Setting, Rhythm, Dialogue and Revision amongst others. These elements will be modeled and then practiced in our sessions.

Our goal is to unleash the author in each writer. Good writers ‘author’, according to Barthes, while others transcribe, or write. Authoring implies an authenticity, an amplification of meaning, that is not found in transcription. Readers of creative writing want unique experiences which only come when their emotions engage with our authoring. These sessions will teach you the tools and techniques to achieve ‘authoring’. They will leave writers refreshed, inspired and eager to enter their work.

In each session, we will critically discuss one or two participant manuscripts.

thom will offer feedback in several ways: 1-1 sessions, .pdf-embedded, screencasts. While no participant is required to submit work for feedback, the Writers' Circle is a rare opportunity to engage with a professional writer and a select community of peers.

Location: Downtown Toronto, TBD

Duration: 8 weeks. 3 hours per session.

Winter 2012:

Sundays, 20 Jan.-10 March., 2013


Class-size: very limited

Cost: $320. Enrolment is required for entire session via email transfer, cash or cheque.

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Thom Vernon

Thom Vernon has worked in film, television and theatre since 1989. He has been the Actors’ Gang Youth Education Program director and has worked as an arts educator at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. The Drifts (Coach House Books) is his first novel.

Go to Thom Vernon’s Author Page