Firefly FAQ

 
 

When is registration open?

Registration dates are announced on each individual workshop page. If you know you’ll want to sign up for a class, get on the early registration list! We send out a note 3 days in advance of sign-up to give early registrants a chance to skip the line. Since our classes often fill quickly, this is our way of helping folks keep organized!

I see that the workshop I want is full this season, will you offer it again soon?

Each season is different at Firefly. We offer classes that the coaches are excited to provide, and what we know our community wants. We announce the upcoming season around 2 months before registration opens. If there’s a particular class you want to see back, you can put in a request.

I see the that the workshop I want is full, how do I get on a wait list?

We have a wait list available for each class. As soon as a workshop fills, the link is posted on the class page. We don’t keep it up forever — once once we have a handful of people on there, we take it down, so that we’re not gathering names we know we won’t be able to serve. You can always sign up for an early registration nudge to get a head start on next season’s sign-up. We know things fill fast!

How do I sign up?

Visit our workshop page to see which workshops are currently open. If it’s your first time signing up to one of our classes, your facilitator will give you a call to have a chat about what you’re looking for, and how the class works. This isn’t a test, just a chance to connect and make sure the class will be a good fit.

Will you be offering your classes in other time slots in the future?

Our schedule changes from season to season. We do our best to put in lots of variety within the constraints of being a small team with a single space.

Is it cool if I miss a class?

A big part of what we do at Firefly is to create an atmosphere of safety and trust. This is where our best writing comes out! So, missing a class here or there is too bad, but not a major problem. We draw the line when participants miss three classes in a row. At that point, the work the rest of the group has done to gel and grow will have been too great to re-enter, so the participant won't be invited back.

Would you recommend starting with a class or with coaching?

This depends on your goals. Coaching is a wonderful way to go deep with a specific project. You’ll get wide-reaching and focused feedback on your work, you’ll get to know your own unique path and blocks, and you’ll make progress on your project, whether it’s brand new, or almost finished when you arrive.

Workshops and retreats have a different feel, since they’re based on creating a community around multiple people’s voices, not just one. In a workshop or retreat you’ll invest your energy in other people’s voices, and you’ll get to feel the magic of them investing in yours. The feedback will be less in-depth, but it will be wider, since you’ll get feedback from a whole group of people.

I’m a beginner writer. I’m not sure if I’m ready for this.

Beginners are VERY welcome! We love beginners. Bring us all your sweet, nervous energy.

Are the classes a “safe space” for LGBTT voices, people of colour and others?

We do everything we can to make sure that our classes celebrate and welcome all voices. If you have specific concerns, or you encounter anything that makes you uncomfortable, we’d love to talk it over. We’re always learning what “safe space” means and how we can make Firefly safer.

I want to help improve my English and grammar, what class is best?

Our programs focus on helping participants connect to their creative instinct, move through fears, and deepen the power and artfulness of their creative expression. We don’t focus on grammar or spelling.

How much do workshops and retreats cost?

Each workshop is priced differently depending on length. See each individual workshop page for more info.

How many people are in the workshops and retreats?

This depends on the program, but our classes at the studio (with one facilitator) are generally seven, and our retreats (with two facilitators) are generally twelve.

Do you have gift certificates? How to I buy one?

Absolutely, you can buy them right here.

Where is the studio located and how do I get there?

We’re in the sweetest little neighbourhood on the Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine. There’s a map right here.

We’re a short stroll from the Woodbine Subway Station (wheelchair accessible).

Is there parking at the studio?

Yes, there’s lots of parking on the Danforth and on side streets. If you park right on The Danforth it’s $1.50 an hour to a max of three hours. The streets within a block of the Danforth are free but have a max of one hour, and if you venture two blocks away parking is free with no max.

Is the studio accessible?

It sure is; all one level, wide doors, barrier-free bathroom… We got it.

Do you have allergens in the workshop space?

We use all-natural cleaning products and don’t generally have animals in the space, but please check with us before signing up if you have concerns.

Can I come drop by to see the studio?

We offer studio tours once a month. Sign up here to get your name on the list.

Can you recommend a copy editor?

Absolutely, Firefly coach Ailsa is a wonderful copy editor, and takes clients through her home business, which you can see here.

Do you have classes for children or teens?

We don’t currently offer classes for people under 13. We have a teen program, Through My Eyes, for teenagers that we offer twice a year. Click here for more info.

What is your phone number?

We love writing, so we’ve made the decision to go phone-free. Of course if there’s an emergency we’ll call you (we gather phone numbers at registration) but we prefer to answer questions via email.

Are you hiring new coaches?

We aren’t currently in recruitment. When we are, we generally look to the people from the Firefly community first. So, if you’re interested in working at Firefly, get involved! Come to our open mic nights, take a class, sign up for studio time, apply to be a writer in residence. We want to know you.

Wait! I have another question!

No problem, just drop Bree a line.