Important: Tomorrow’s meeting will be CANCELLED tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience. 

Just wanted to say that the Writing Challenge from last week is still going! If you’re working on the challenge, feel free to bring it to the next meeting, which is this Wednesday, March 5th in Sid Smith 2115 (2-4PM). Don’t worry if you don’t have anything, you can just come and write something new or bring something else you’re working on.

The next challenge is up is well, and there are two choices. The deadline for that challenge is monday, March 10th.

Writing Challenge 

Since I know the 2 hour writing meetings aren’t a lot of time to get ideas going, and give very little time to edit work, and because I know a lot of people are busy and may need a little extra kick to get writing, I’m starting a writing challenge with weekly prompts that can be shared during the last four meetings of the semester. Length and style of the challenge will vary. 

Basic rules

-The duration of the challenge is given in its description

-If you miss a piece, don’t worry! You can go on to the next one and come back to it later if you want. Or you can skip it all together

-Feel free to suggest new challenges to me and I can include them for upcoming weeks. Some weeks you will be able to pick between two prompts

-If you’re having writer’s block and haven’t been coming up with a lot of new stuff, thisis a great way to have something to share with the group!

 The Challenges 

“The Clash”

Write astory or poem that mixes two genres, styles, or forms. You can mishmash different characteristics of the two, or blend them more smoothly. (ex. Dystopia + Fantasy, Zombie + Historical, Sonnet and Epic etc.)

Word Count: Anything above 20 words/ one stanza/one paragraph 

'Deadline' –Wednesday, March 5th ONGOING 

"The Letters” or “The Myth” 

1. Write a letter or series of letters between two lovers or two close friends during some kind of war.


2. Write a myth about the creation of an element (a traditional element, like fire or water, or a literal element like gold, silicon, helium) or a god associated with that element.

Word Count: Minimum 250 words, NO maximum

 ’Deadline’ - Monday, March 10th

“The Diary”or “The Story”

1. For at least a week, write made up or actual (based on your life) journal entries for each day. Can be journal style, in letters, prose, or poetry. Minimum words per journal entry - you could write one line for each day, or a short haiku, short episode, etc. What ever you like!

Word Count: Minimum 35, No maximum

2. Write a short story that takes place in a world without colour

Word Count: 250 words

 “The Play”or “The Photo”

Will be announced Sunday, March 24th

Hi! Here’s the schedule for the upcoming writing meetings. The “write-in” on Monday will be a bit like the Nano meeting in the Buttery, where a group of us just wrote together. You can also share anything you’ve already written with us or ask for advice on what you’re working on. Other than that, there are no plans. The rest of the meetings will be run as usual.

Hi guys,
It seems that Wednesday afternoons are busier than Fridays. I am still going to keep the next two meetings where they are, but, depending on the group size on Friday, February 7th, I’ll probably book meetings for Wednesdays from now on. The next Friday meeting will likely be more casual, with more space to share your work. If you want, we can do some peer editing then.

We’ll definitely have some meet-ups outside of regular meetings, to write together and stuff (like the one for nanowrimo). So stay tuned :)

Updated schedule: Note room change next Wednesday

Updated schedule: Note room change next Wednesday

Here is a sample of something written at a writing club meeting. I had a lot of fun with it. This prompt was to write about a classic - or not so classic - Canadian animal. It, uh, didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. Enjoy!

Please feel free to upload your own work to Facebook! I can also carry it over to tumblr if you wish.

A Myth: The Canadian Bass

 In the beginning, the land was all water. While the rest of the world was covered in dirt and trees and stone, and soon big cities and sprawling farmland, this land, called Canada, was taking its time. The water, at first, had been empty. It was a great big mirror for Sun to admire itself.

“How bright I look,” said Sun happily each and every morning, as it rose high in the sky over Canada.

The rest of the growing world did not like Canada.

“What a shame,” said America. “Such land could be turned into something more.”

“Sun is silly for keeping Canada like that for so long,” said Europe. “My people need places to go!”

But the world was too cluttered for Sun, and it was the only place that Sun could get a good glimpse of itself. So Sun kept Canada as water.

This was until Algae heard of Canada. Algae had festered in the waters of America for many years, annoying the people there, for the green, ever-expanding creature blocked the Americans’ own clear reflections from appearing in their waters. Algae was always growing determined to take over the world. In the beginning, Algae lived on water alone, and was afraid of Sun’s burning rays.

“Canada is too hot and too bright,” Algae had said.

But America was getting too noisy for Algae, and so Algae made a decision.

“The sun is too strong, so I will eat it,” said Algae.

It was a very short time before Algae covered the vastness of Canada. Sun had a deep sleep that night, hiding out of sight, far away from the world, which was noisy and kept Sun awake. That is why we don’t see Sun at night.

Sun had such a fine sleep that it was especially excited to see its face in the morning. But when it got to Canada, Sun looked down and saw… all green.

“Preposterous!” Sun exclaimed. “I do not look like that!”

Meanwhile, Algae was drinking Sun’s rays, growing and darkening in green every second.

“Thank you for the treat, Sun! Canada is my home now.”

Sun was angry. He was so angry he started to cry, and it rained for the first time on Canada. But this made things worse, for the water grew, and with it, Algae.

“I will send a hunter to get you, Algae!” cried Sun.

So Sun sent three big fish, called Bass, upon the waters of Canada. The Algae soon shrank, but now, when Sun looked down at its mirror, he saw the big, green, shimmering scales of Bass.

“This will not do,” said Sun.

So he gave two Bass a small mouth, so that they could only eat a little Algae at a time and they wouldn’t get too big. And he gave one Bass a large mouth so that Large Mouth Bass would eat Small Mouth Bass if they got too big.

Soon Sun could see itself, in patches, for Algae was never completely eaten. Sun was somewhat happy, and Algae was fairly happy, and Bass were very happy. And that is the story of the first Canadian ecosystem.

  • Remember. we are not meeting on Wednesday, but on Friday, January 24th, 1-3PM, in UC148. Hope to see you there!
  • Writer’s Co-Op, a Hart House writing group, is doing a workshop on character sketches this Wednesday. Check them out:
  • I uploaded something I wrote during last writing meeting. I encourage you to post anything you’ve written - during or outside of writing club - in this group. I can share it with tumblr too!
  • IMPORTANT: Our Wednesday meeting on January 29th has been moved to the Hart House SOUTH SITTING ROOM. It is still from 2-4PM.

Have a good week everyone  :)

Last meeting, we volunteered to write tips on a slip of paper. We collected them in a bucket and each read another person’s tips.

Thanks everyone who contributed! These are very helpful. Let me know if I mistyped any of these. s

 Tip #1 “I tend to feel more inspired when I sit in new rooms in my house to type. Certain rooms get associated with procrastination and writer’s block. Lighting that I associate with writing makes me want to write too.”

Tip #2 “get inspired by photos”

Tip #3 “Keep a notepad by your bed in case you get ideas in the night.”

 Tip #4 “Perfection is an ideal, not necessarily a reality”

Tip #5 “The story has a life of its own. Do not confine it to a rigid structure. Just let it flow, let it breathe.”

Tip #6 “I’ve heard often that it’s difficult to keep yourself out of your writing, like it’s something, as a writer, that you shouldn’t do. And maybe you shouldn’t, but if we are honest with ourselves, then we know the depth and layers of the emotion, and you can make it bigger on the page. So use the parts of you that you know.”

Tip #7 “Break the rules”

Tip #8 “PLAN! And write down your plan. When you see it, you’ll want to do it.”

 Tip #9 “PRACTICE! The more you write, the better you will get at it.”

Submission dates for University of Toronto creative writing publications