Begin Here

Begin Here

A fun and easy creative writing workshop for absolute beginners.


So… You have no idea where to start.

Writing isn’t complicated. Thinking about writing, avoiding writing, fearing writing, resisting writing — that’s where things get tangled up. In this workshop we’ll bust past our self-imposed barriers and just… write. This is a joyful, non-intimidating workshop for anyone who has the urge to write but just keeps putting it off.

We welcome participants who are full of fear, who have zero experience, who don’t have any idea where to start, who can’t remember a thing from school about semi-colons or the difference between “affect” and “effect.” Bring us your uncertainties and we’ll help you find the jewels hidden in your writing voice.

While almost all our workshops at Firefly are perfect for beginners, this one is designed just for them.

Here’s how it works:

We’ll spend five weeks experimenting with writing styles and voices. We’ll get to know our own (and each other’s!) writing voices — and yes, everyone has a writing voice! Unlike most Firefly workshops, there’s zero homework, and you won’t be asked to prepare material at home to bring in. Instead there will be lots of fast, in-the-moment assignments, genuine encouragement, inspiration, and of course… our signature, delicious cookies.

This workshop is ideal for people who:

~ Haven’t done any kind of creative writing workshop in the past, or have but a long time ago.
~ Love the idea of a weekly creative date with a small group of others.
~ Feel ready (though maybe a little scared) to share their writing.
~ Are interested in exploring their own lives as writing material and sharing some of what comes up. (We tend to get a little personal.)
~ Love a good homemade cookie.

You can expect to leave the workshop with:

~ Lots of new writing.
~ A sense of your writing voice and your unique gifts as a writer.
~ New friends who are on the same path.
~ A feeling of creative playfulness and possibility.
~ Creative courage.

This workshop won’t give you:

~ Critique or competition. We’re all about the love.
~ Strict rules on “how to write”. We’ll work on developing your writing skills but we don’t subscribe to the idea that there’s one way to create powerful work.
~ Pressure to write things you don’t want to write. We go where the joy is.



Upcoming Sessions (Spring 2018)

5 Saturday Mornings 10 am – 12pm
April 14 – May 12
At the Firefly Studio with Britt

5 Thursday evenings,  7pm – 9pm
May 31 – June 28
At the Firefly Studio with Jenna

5 Monday evenings,  7pm – 9pm
April 16 – May 14
Boardroom, at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville (2303 Bridge Road, L6L 3L5) with Saroo







The total fee for the 5-week session is $350. When you sign up you’ll be asked for a $200 deposit to confirm your spot. The balance will be due two weeks before class starts or we can break it into 2 monthly payments of $75 each if you prefer.

We don’t want money to be a barrier to participation for our classes, but we know it can be. This is especially true for people facing marginalization. We have a small scholarship fund available, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis for anyone who needs it. Please let us know in your registration form if you’d like to apply. On the other hand if you’re able to contribute to our scholarship fund, click here.

To see our financial policies, click here.

Ready to take the leap?

Registration for Spring sessions will open February 27, 2018.


Here’s a link to the Q & A for all Firefly Toronto classes. If you still don’t have the answer you’re looking for, drop us a line. We’re super-friendly.

Looking for more options?

Take a peek at our other in-house workshops, our coaching services or our snail-mail support for writers.

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