Writing Commons

“If I waited for perfection … I would never write a word.”
—Margaret Atwood

Despite our best intentions to knuckle down and write productively on a regular basis, competing demands and distractions—both personal and professional—can make it difficult to stick to a writing routine. Likewise, the pressure to produce the clear, coherent, and elegant prose that is the hallmark of an accomplished scholar can all too often stymie the writing process.

To help you address these challenges, we have conceived of this "Writing Commons" as a space in which communities of writers can support each other. At this time, the Writing Commons will offer a space in which to write in the company of others and a platform to exchange tips and strategies for writing productively. The Writing Commons is an evolving initiative, so we welcome your ideas for future endeavors.

In the past, we have organised these kinds of activities:

  • Daylong "Just Write" Sessions (Downtown and Macdonald Campuses)
  • 100 Minutes of Writing (Downtown and Macdonald Campuses)
  • 3-Day Writing Retreats
  • Half-day "Rise and Write in the Morning"

Rise and Write in the Morning


New Spring/Summer 2022 TUESDAY DATES!


9:30 am - 12:00 pm

May 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9

To register, click here.

120 Minutes of Writing


New Spring/Summer 2022 THURSDAY DATES!


1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

May 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11

To register, click here.


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