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"

 

Our structured writing sessions follow a modified Pomodoro model that includes a mix of 10 minute breaks and 40-60 minute writing blocks.
 

ACTIVITY DATE/TIME INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

Monday Meet and Write

Downtown campus (Redpath Cybertheque)

Back to campus Winter 2023!

Mondays,

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3

To register for Monday Meet and Write, click here.
No need to indicate which Monday date(s) you can attend; by registering once, you will have access to join any of the meetings.

Rise and Write in the Morning

ONLINE

New Winter 2023 - TUESDAY DATES!

Tuesdays,

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

January 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11

To register for Tuesday Rise and Write, click here
No need to indicate which Tuesday date(s) you can attend; by registering once, you will have access to join any of the meetings.

60 Minutes

ONLINE

New Winter 2023 - THURSDAY DATES!

Thursdays,

9:30 am to 10:50 am

January 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
April 6, 13

To register for Thursday (am) 60 Minutes, click here
No need to indicate which Thursday am date(s) you can attend; by registering once, you will have access to join any of the meetings.

120 Minutes of Writing

ONLINE

New Winter 2023 - THURSDAY DATES!

Thursdays,

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

January 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
April 6, 13

To register for Thursday (pm) 120 Minutes, click here
No need to indicate which Thursday pm date(s) you can attend; by registering once, you will have access to join any of the meetings.

 

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