Creative Writing Workshop: Keep Your Pen Moving

Creative Writing Workshop: Keep Your Pen Moving


So you want to write…

This is a high-energy class for anyone who wants to get their heart pumping and their hand dancing across the page. We’ll write quickly and slowly, seriously and playfully, letters, poems, tributes, rants, memories, tiny stories, and passionate diatribes. Come splash your feet in the beautiful waters of your own creative life.

Here’s how it works:

We meet in person once a week for 8 sessions with our journals open and our pens in hand. Together we’ll work through loads of short, fun writing exercises to open up our creative channel and produce masses of new material. The class will be a mix of autobiographical writing, character development, and yes, even some poetry. (Trust us, we can make it fun.) We’ll share work as we create it, and everyone will have the chance to write one piece to bring to the group for deeper (but still wildly supportive) feedback.

This workshop is ideal for people who:

~ Feel a creative pulse, but haven’t listened to it in a while.
~ Struggle to make time for their creative projects, or even to dream up creative projects.
~ 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 renewed 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.
~ A fictional character whose voice you can access any time.
~ 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)

8 Tuesday evenings, 7 – 9:45pm
April 10 – June 5 (No class on May 22)
At the Firefly Studio with Ailsa

8 Wednesday afternoons, 2pm – 4:45pm
May 2 – June 27 (No class on May 23)
At the Firefly Studio with Ailsa




The total fee is $525. 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.

You also have the option of breaking your balance into four monthly credit card payments of $81.25. There’s no extra fee for this service; we just like being able to offer it.

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 on 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.

What people are saying:

Taking classes with Firefly has been instrumental to waking me up to the journey that is writing; to finding clarity in what I want to write and to remembering why it matters. Now writing is less to me like a stray cat, only looking for short-lived cuddles before darting off again into the distant night, and more like a home, a part of the body, a daily need. Firefly Creative Writing is such a rare and powerful gift to me, and to the literary community in Toronto and beyond.

Kelsey Rideout

I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this class. This class was more than just writing. It was a much needed space to discover myself in a safe, accepting and beautiful studio. It was comforting to find out that there were others who shared my desire for introspection, who understood the emotion behind the words that I shared and to learn that I too could understand the emotion behind their words. It has strengthened my own self worth. It has filled me with courage to continue writing. To continue sharing my reality and all the things I find beautiful in this world.

Aileen Mani
Support Assistant C

Danette is a fantastic teacher! She’s so warm and incredibly encouraging. Before this class, I didn’t write – I just thought about writing and talked myself out of it. Since working with Danette, I’m more open to my own creative voice and possibilities. I left her class with the courage to push myself and just go with it at last!

Shavaun Jamieson
Writer, Sales Associate
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