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 Mac campus): last Fall 2016, learn more here.
  • 100 Minutes of Writing (downtown and Mac campus): last Fall 2017, learn more here.
  • 3-Day Writing Retreat: last Summer 2017, learn more here.



December 4-6, 2017


3-Day Writing Retreat Downtown Campus, room to be announced Completed. Learn more here.

March 5-7,


3-Day Writing Retreat Downtown Campus, Coach House Completed. Learn more here.

June 6-8,


3-Day Writing Retreat Downtown Campus, room to be announced Registration opens on May 14. Click here to register.