Class Catalogue

Because now is the time to write that novel, script, memoir, cookbook, food blog, topical satire, book proposal, personal essay, disaster poetry, advice column, TV comedy pilot, true crime mystery, investigative feature, experiential journalism, six-part historical podcast , all while supporting writers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPCOMING CLASSES AND EVENTS

Advanced Interviewing: Better Conversations for Deeper Storytelling 6-Week Lab with Sadiya Ansari

March 19-May 7: Deepen your interview skills to tackle features, memoir, and essays with an award-winning ...

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The Art of the Interview (free to attend)

Feb. 13: Award-winning journalist Sadiya Ansari offers tips on how to level-up your interviewing skills in ...

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The Art of Querying Literary Agents and Publishers: 6-Week Course with Akin Akinwumi

Feb. 24-March 31: See the querying process through the eyes of a literary agent and develop ...

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Demystifying Book Queries with Akin Akinwumi (free to attend)

Feb. 3/23: What you need to know about pitching literary agents—according to an agent

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How to Write a Tragicomic Memoir with Elissa Bassist

March 4: Transform your tragedies into comedies with an acclaimed author and humourist

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Building a Writer’s Habit: 6-Week Workshop with Zahra Noorbakhsh

Feb. 22-March 29: Build solid writing habits with guidance from an award-winning comedian, playwright, and viral ...

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How to Think Less and Write More with Zahra Noorbakhsh (free to attend)

Jan. 27/23: A myth-busting masterclass designed to arm you with proven facts about successful creative habits

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Start, Sustain, and Monetize Your Podcast with Courtney Kocak

Jan. 26–Mar. 9: A seven-week intensive course with an award-winning audio producer and podcasting pro

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Past Classes (Some Available in the Replay Store)

Edmonton Weekend Workshop: Mastering the Art and Craft of Feature Writing with Richard Warnica

Jan 14 & 15 (Edmonton, AB): A two-day in-person workshop with acclaimed feature news writer Richard ...

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Calgary Workshop: Mastering the Art and Craft of Feature Writing with Richard Warnica

Jan 12 & 13 (Calgary, AB): A two-day in-person workshop with acclaimed feature news writer Richard ...

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Stay True: Crafting Your Nonfiction Story with Jana G. Pruden

Dec. 13-Feb. 21: Learn the foundations of narrative nonfiction storytelling in this five-week course

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Building a Writer’s Habit: 6-Week Workshop with Zahra Noorbakhsh

Nov. 9-Dec. 14: Build solid writing habits with guidance from an award-winning comedian, playwright, and viral ...

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How to Think Less and Write More with Zahra Noorbakhsh (free to attend)

Oct. 28/22: A myth-busting free class designed to arm you with proven facts about successful creative ...

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Toronto Weekend Workshop: Mastering the Art and Craft of Feature Writing

Oct. 1 & 2: A weekend workshop in Toronto with acclaimed feature news writer Richard Warnica

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The Business of Freelance Writing: 6-Week Intensive with Independent Journalist Omar Mouallem

Sep. 29–Nov. 3: Learn the career and creative skills necessary to live as a journalist-for-hire

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The Art of Health & Science Writing: An 8-week Workshop with Christina Frangou

Sept. 12–Nov. 7: Master the art of writing engaging science stories with a national award-winning journalist

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Advanced Interviewing for Deeper Storytelling: 6-Week Lab with Sadiya Ansari

Jun. 18–Jul. 30: Deepen your interview skills to tackle features, memoir, and essays

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Surviving the Freelance Grind with Writer Omar Mouallem (free to attend)

Aug. 25/22: An award-winning journalist shares pro-skills and life-skills from nearly 20 years of freelancing

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Honing Your Health and Science Writing with Christina Frangou (free to attend)

Aug. 16/22: An award-winning journalist shares pro-tips to help make you a better health and science ...

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Writing the Personal Essay: 7-week Workshop with Memoirist Ayelet Tsabari

Jul. 10–Aug. 28: Dig deep and hone the craft of unforgettable personal essays with a bestselling ...

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Let’s Get Personal: Memoir Tips with Author Ayelet Tsabari (free to attend)

Jun.24: Learn how to write personal essays with award-winning memoirist Ayelet Tsabari in this free 45-minute ...

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Developing Your Comedic Voice: 5-Week Workshop with Zahra Noorbakhsh

Jun. 9-Jul. 14: Write funny, unforgettable prose with guidance from an acclaimed comedian, playwright, and essayist

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The Art of the Interview (free to attend)

Rescheduled for Jun.8: Award-winning journalist Sadiya Ansari offers tips on how to level-up your interviewing skills ...

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Punching Up: Comedy Writing for Fiction and Nonfiction (free)

Jun. 1: Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh offers tips on writing humorous essays with your authentic voice in ...

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Deconstructing the Pitch: How to Sell Any Story, Anywhere

Jun. 1: A career freelancer breaks down a variety of successful pitches, from features and op-eds ...

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The 2022 Great Canadian Magazine PitchFest

Jun. 1 & 16: Like speed dating for writers and editors!

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After These Revolutions: Neda Toloui-Semnani and Sean Cole in Conversation (free event)

April 25: The authors of two new books (and dear friends) talk about storytelling, grief, love, ...

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Introduction to Parody Writing with James Folta

May 19-June 2 & 3: Humourist James Folta takes your parody piece from concept to first ...

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Fight for Your Rights to Freelance Write (free event)

Apr. 21: A panel of freelancers and advocates dissect complicated parts of their profession

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The Art of the Nonfiction Book Proposal: 6-Week Lab with Michael Hingston

Apr. 20–May 25: Demystify the nonfiction book-proposal process by writing your own

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Less is More: A Six-week Short Fiction Lab with Katie Bickell

Apr. 5–May 17: Write a short story from start to finish with award-winning author Katie Bickell

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A Special Offer for Pandemic U Alumni: 14 Freelance Journalism Classes for One Low Price

Are you a freelance journalist? The 2022 Center for Independent Journalists conference was designed for writers ...

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Making Freelance Journalism Your Career: 7-week course 
with Omar Mouallem

Feb. 15–Mar. 29: Learn the career and creative skills necessary to live as a journalist-for-hire

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Finding Your Voice as a Feature Writer: 7-Week Lab with Richard Warnica

Feb. 2–Apr. 27: Learn the craftsmanship of reported features by writing or revising a story of ...

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Best Practices & Ethics for Freelance Writers (Tickets by Donation)

Oct. 22: A panel of magazine pros tackle delicate topics for independent journalists and take their ...

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The Great Canadian Magazine PitchFest

Oct. 22 & 29: Like speed dating for writers and editors!

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How to Make Money Podcasting: Weekend Bootcamp with Courtney Kocak

Sept. 11 & 12: A two-day intensive focused on the business side of podcast production

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What’s the Recipe? A Food Writing Course with Jennifer Cockrall

Jul.20–Aug.18: An intensive course designed to help you launch your next culinary writing project

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Write Your TV Comedy Pilot: 6-Week Course with Kaitlin Fontana

Jun. 1–Jul. 13: An industry pro takes your script from idea to outline to first draft

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Putting Your Skills to Work

May 25/21: Authort Kevin Van Tighem on improving our ecological literacy and connections to place

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Making Science and Nature Stories Your Business

May 20/21: Freelance journalist Sarah Gilman teaches how to shepherd your ideas into published stories

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The Art of Evidence: Reaching General Audiences

May 18/21: Sharon Riley teaches the delicate art of simplifying hard science and finding the narrative ...

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Using Your Platform and Influence for Good

May 14/21: Author/speaker Chris Turner on navigating the line between reporter and advocate

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Writing on Nature with Authority, Authenticity and Personality

May 11/21: Go Outside's Annalise and Cailynn Klingbeil help you find the news hook in your ...

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Kemosa Scholarship Fundraiser: Planning the Novel

Apr. 30: Tickets by donation, in support of First Nations, Métis and Inuit mothers who write

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Inclusive Sports Writing

April 27/21: Shireen Ahmed tackles equity and inclusion in sports media

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Stories of Injustice: How to Write About Oppression

April 26/21: Cicely Belle Blain on turning difficult experiences into powerful content

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Secrets of the Page-Turning Book

April 20/21: Waubgeshig Rice on building tension and suspense in fiction

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International Reporting in Today’s Media Environment

April 19/21: Sulome Anderson on composing conflict stories in a compelling, accessible way

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Style and Form in Resistance-Themed and Political Fiction

April 13/21: Omar El Akkad on rebellion and style across a wide variety of texts

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Photography for Writers

April 12/21: Acclaimed photojournalist Amber Bracken adds a priceless skill to your toolkit

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Ethics of Citizen Journalism

April 7/21: Travel writer Bert Archer shares best practices with social media journalists and influencers

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Short Humour for Beginners

Apr 6/21: James Folta’s crash course on comedic writing concepts

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Remember Me?: Writing Unforgettable Characters

Mar 30/21: Novelist Becky Blake teaches the art of creating 3-D characters

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Getting the Most Out of Social Media

Mar 29/21: Fatima Syed shows writers and journalists how Twitter is done

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Packing a Punch: Big Stories in Small Spaces

Mar 23/21: Award-winning author Katie Bickell teaches the art of flash fiction

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Business Writing Basics

Mar 22/21: Max Fawcett helps you get over your math allergy

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Write Your True Story with Jana G. Pruden

Apr. 12–May 31: Take your narrative feature from concept to final draft with Jana G. Pruden

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Funding Your Nonfiction Project: A Mini-course with Eva Holland

Feb. 8–Feb. 22: Navigate the world of journalism and nonfiction grants with Eva Holland

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A Very Jolly & Somewhat Belated Richard Kelly Kemick Christmas

Dec. 28: The ever hilarious author reads holiday memoirs and shares his process with Jana Pruden

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Introduction to Parody Writing with James Folta

Dec 8–22: Humourist James Folta takes your parody piece from concept to first draft

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Write Your True Story in 8 Weeks with Jana G. Pruden

Dec. 7–Jan. 25: Take your narrative feature from concept to final draft with Jana G. Pruden

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How to Shift Resistance and Writer’s Block Using Your Body

FREE event Dec. 1: Devote your energy to your writing instead of stuck, resistant blockages

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The 5 Principles of Writing Clear Prose

Oct. 26: Hayley Milliman breaks down the craft of writing clear and concise sentences

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How to Get Heard in the Zoom Era: A Panel on Panels

Oct. 20: Broadcasters teach us the art of conversation, in support of Media Girlfriends Scholarship

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Write Your TV Comedy Pilot in 6 Weeks

Oct. 5–Nov. 16: An industry pro takes your script from idea to outline to first draft

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Managing Your Finances as a Freelancer

Sep. 29: This free seminar promises to help freelance writers run their business better

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Intrusion and Investigation: Getting Around Difficult Subjects

Aug. 27: Investigative reporter Ethan Lou on spinning a good yarn with limited access

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The Poem’s Door: Finding the Portal to Inspiration

Aug. 24: Safia Elhillo shows us how to host inspiration and replicate the conditions that create ...

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Asking Questions with Answers You Don’t Want to Hear

Aug. 20: Writer and organizer Haley Mlotek helps you get the most out of every conversation

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The Art of Airtight Opinions

Aug. 17: Max Fawcett shows what it takes to get heard—without getting hurt (too badly)

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Reading Like a Writer

Aug. 13: Literary critic Michael Lista on how studying the artist makes a better artist

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The Art and Ethics of Advice Columns

Aug. 10: GQ's Sophia Benoit helps you bring fun, authority, and authenticity to touchy subjects

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Writing Topical Satire…Fast!

Aug. 6: Satirist Caitlin Kunkel helps you synthesize facts and research—then make it funny

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Immersion Reporting: Putting Yourself In—Way In!—the Story

Aug. 3: Freelance "immerser" Eva Holland on when and how to deploy experiential journalism

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History Worth Repeating

Jul. 30: Scholar and podcast journalist Russell Cobb on making history mainstream

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Ten Tips For Writing Great Memoir (By Donation)

Jul. 26: Ayelet Tsabari shares her craft, in support of the Writers Trust Emergency Relief Fund

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Demystifying the Publication Process

Jul. 22: Acclaimed author Hala Alyan exposes her streamlined system for publishing in literary journals

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How to How-to: A Guide to Service Journalism

Jul. 16: Tame the elements of service journalism with editor Jennifer Hamilton

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Making a Living With Freelance Writing

Jul. 13: GQ columnist Sophia Benoit helps you turn freelancing into serious business

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Dialogues Across Disciplines

Jul. 10: Playwright José Teodoro on finding inspiration in varied storytelling forms

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Extra Cred: Tips for Multi-platform Success

July 7: Tickets by donation, in support of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists

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The Secrets of Long-Form Features

EVENT OVER: Omar Mouallem teaches long-form narrative journalism in the style of The New Yorker.

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Starting Your TV Comedy Pilot

EVENT OVER: Kaitlin Fontana will get you started on your TV pilot outline, logline, and script.

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An Appetite for Story: Food Writing Fundamentals

EVENT OVER: A food writing crash course in support of the Canadian Writers' Emergency Relief Fund.

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The Modern Writers’ Tech Toolbox

EVENT OVER: Learn about the latest creative writing tools in support of the Canadian Writers' Trust.

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Beyond 3124: The Power of Structure in True Stories

EVENT OVER: Jana Pruden proves there are almost endless methods of telling a true story.

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Quarantine is the Best Time to Write that Book Proposal

EVENT OVER: Demystifying nonfiction book proposals to help land an agent and publishing contract.

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Writing from Afar (Once That’s OK Again)

EVENT OVER: A renowned travel writer walks you through the artform and why it matters.

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Edge of Your Seat: Mastering Conflict and Tension

EVENT OVER: Ayelet Tsabari master on how story tension works and how it can work better.

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(Write It!) Like Disaster

EVENT OVER: Acclaimed poet Michael Lista on turn a global pandemic into meaningful art.

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Cookbook Confidential: Recipe of a Misunderstood Artform

EVENT OVER: A Gourmand World Cookbook winner shares in support of a good cause.

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Here Be Monsters: Empathy and Crime Writing

EVENT OVER: Katherine Laidlaw will help true crime writers raise the ethical bar of a controversial ...

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When Journalism Gets Personal

EVENT OVER: Essayist Hadiya Roderique exposes the craft of long-form and short-form personal essays.

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Pitch Perfect: Selling Your Magazine Piece

SALE OVER: A prolific freelance journalist teaches the art and science of story pitches with business ...

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Writing About Trauma (Including Your Own)

EVENT OVER: Guardian journalist Christina Frangou will help journalists cross the minefields around difficult events.

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