Writing Animals

A workshop on writing about animals with Writer In Residence Nadja Lubiw-Hazard

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“Let my words be bright with animals” ~ Joseph Bruchac

Yes, let our words be bright with animals, with their radiant scales and iridescent feathers, their glittering eyes shining in the darkness, their cleverness and consciousness.

To capture other species and our encounters with them in our writing requires authenticity. Often our knowledge about an animal species comes from story, not from direct experience. Can we dive deeper into what the lives of animals are really like? Can we put aside the assumptions, myths, and misconceptions about animals and write about them with a faithfulness to their true nature?

In this workshop, Writer in Residence Nadja Lubiw-Hazard will lead a small group to explore how writers have portrayed animals in poetry, fiction, essays, and how we can do the same. We’ll bring the details of animal’s to the page, drawing inspiration from their bodies and their behaviors, using fiction and field guides to feed our imagination.

This workshop is ideal for:

  • Writers who are curious, excited, or passionate about animals, and want to discover how to write about them in an authentic and powerful way.

  • People looking to connect with other writers in a supportive environment.

  • Writers who are excited (if nervous) to share their writing with others.


Saturday, July 6, 2-4:45pm at the Firefly Studio
This workshop is open for 7 participants
The fee is sliding scale, with suggested donations of $5-$20. All funds go towards the adoption of a Chimpanzee at the Fauna Foundation, a Canadian Sanctuary that rescues chimps from biomedical research.

Sorry this workshop is now full.

Facilitator Bio:


This will be facilitated by Nadja Lubiw-Hazard, a Toronto-based veterinarian and one of Firefly’s 2019 Writers In Residence. For more about Nadja, click here.