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.)

  • Thrive in small, cozy groups. (This class will never have more than 7 participants.)

  • Love a good 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.






Fall 2020

5 Wednesday Afternoons 2 – 4pm
November 6 – December 4
At the Firefly Studio with Sophia

Winter 2020

5 Thursday Afternoons 2 – 4pm
January 16 - February 13
At the Firefly Studio with Ailsa

5 Saturday Mornings 11 – 1pm
January 11 - February 15 (no class on January 25)
At the Firefly Studio with Sophia 

Wednesday Evenings 5 – 7pm
March 4 - April 1
At the Firefly Studio with Sophia 

5 Wednesday Evenings 8 – 10pm
March 4 - April 1
At the Firefly Studio with Sophia


The fee for the 5-week session is $395. When you sign up you’ll be asked for a $245 deposit to confirm your spot. The balance of $150 will be due a week later or we can break it into 2 monthly payments of $75 each if you prefer. Note, HST will be added to all costs.

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?

Fall registration is now full, winter registration opens on November 5, 2019.

This workshop runs each season. You can get a nudge when early workshop registration begins by submitting your email below. Alternately, join our mailing list to keep up to date on all things Firefly.



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Looking for more options?

Take a peek at our other in-house workshops, our coaching services or our monthly writers care package.

What people are saying:

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I am a person always blooming with ideas and imagery, but since finding Firefly, I have started believing in those ideas. I am able to give & receive feedback on pieces, feel empowered to move forward creatively and I can’t wait to write more. Since Begin Here, I’ve signed up for another course — I love Firefly so much. Thank you!

Laura Rajagopal


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I had an awesome experience and would certainly recommend this course to my friends and loved ones. Everyone is a writer and the stories need to be shared and told. Thank you, Firefly, for being such an amazing guide. I hope to enroll in future courses!

Madhu Nagarajan
3D Artist, Blogger


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If you are looking to explore the beginnings of your writing voice, this is the place to start. Listening to others inspired me and allowed me to appreciate the wild variety of perspectives out there among us. Total strangers began to know each other in strangely intimate ways as we wrote and shared stories with each other. Was it scary, yes, every time. And yet, we all participated, every time. Every different voice was heard and cherished and celebrated.

Amy Brassert