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Writing About Grief Workshop Fall 2013

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:30pm


Arcadia Housing Co-op
680 Queen's Quay West
Toronto, ON
M5V 2Y9


This is a workshop course on creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay/short personal narrative) and poetry engaging personal experiences of loss and grief. Each week we will be reading examples of published writing on grief and loss, and workshopping various writing exercises that I will assign. Through reading and studying literary devices and techniques, we will work towards making our experiences of grief and loss speak to others.

Please note that grief in this context is not limited to the loss of a loved one (though certainly we will explore that) but can also refer to the loss endured over a break up or divorce or losing part of oneself or another through illness.

The course is taught by Governor General's Literary Award winning poet Jacob Scheier. His poems, essays and articles have been published throughout North America. He is also a co-facilitator of support groups with Bereaved Families of Ontario. Read more about him and his work at

"Jacob creates a class atmosphere that is safe, supportive, and truly creative, and this has given all of us the freedom to write very moving and powerful pieces around the subjects of grief and loss." — Dianne Moore, Learner, former student.

To register or for more info contact Jacob at

The course will run Wednesdays, 6:30-9 pm, September 11-November 20 (week off Oct 9).

Cost: $200.00. Materials Provided.


Arcadia Housing Co-op
680 Queen's Quay West
Toronto, ON M5V 2Y9 43° 38' 6.6912" N, 79° 23' 57.552" W

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