Lift Off

A poetry workshop for people who don’t think they are poets.


If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know it is poetry.

~ Emily Dickinson

This is a highly productive class for anyone who wants to dive into that mysterious ocean called “poetry”. It’s especially designed for folks who are scared of the idea of poetry, who don’t think they “get” it, or who feel as if it’s a party they weren’t invited to. We’ll tear down the walls on what we think a poem is, and we’ll create, create, create, create.

Here’s how it works:

We’ll meet in person once a week for six weeks. Each week we’ll look at a different “function” of poetry (to delight, to create pause, to make a political statement, etc.) We’ll revel in some of the ways other poets have filled this function and we’ll take what we love into our own work. There will be lots of room for experimentation, laughter, tears and nonsense. There will also be homework, so come prepared to work between sessions.

This workshop is ideal for people who:

  • Are curious, but not totally convinced that poetry has a place for them.

  • Struggle to make time for creativity in the bustle of daily life.

  • 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.

  • Enjoy experimentation.

  • 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)

You can expect to leave the workshop with:

  • Lots poems written by YOU!

  • New favourite poets, both from out in the world, and from around the workshop table.

  • 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.

  • Creative courage.

This workshop won’t give you:

  • Critique or competition. We’re all about the love.

  • Strict rules on “how to write poems”. 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.

  • A lot of instruction on poetry “forms”. We’ll play with some forms like vilanelles and haiku, but the focus of this workshop is on the spirit of poetry, not the rules.




6 Tuesday Afternoons 2 – 4:45pm
February 4 – March 17 (no class February 18)
At the Firefly Studio with Chris


The fee for the 6-week session is $475. When you sign up you’ll be asked for a $325 deposit to confirm your spot, the balance of $150 will be due a week later. Or you also have the option of breaking your balance into two monthly credit card payments of $75. There’s no extra fee for this service; we just like being able to offer it. Note, HST will be added to all costs.


Ready to take the leap?

Registration opens November 5, 2019.

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Looking for more options?

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

What people are saying:

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Firefly has brought back a creative spark into my life that I didn’t realize was so badly missing. This course helped me rediscover the joy of writing and helped me develop my writing life. The community aspect was incredible. Every part of Firefly is thoughtful and purposeful. It is an oasis of goodness and beauty in a complicated world.

Denise Handlarski
Rabbi, Professor & Mom


I adored this poetry workshop. It far exceeded my expectations. I was inspired, challenged, motivated and encouraged. I loved all the the beautiful extras – the delicious cookies, the tiny take-home envelopes with poems, the never-ending pots of tea, the handfuls of cut-out words for poetry-making. And I was so amazed by all my fellow writers in the group for sharing their intimate and amazing words. I felt accountable to them to strive to be my best self.

Nadja Lubiw-Hazard
Veterinarian & Writer