Flock Together: A Feminist Reading + Writing Workshop


Flock Together: A Feminist Reading + Writing Workshop


This monthly workshop combines reading classic feminist novels with fun prompts and writing assignments. Consider it literary self-care -- whether you're reading these books for the first time or cozying up with old favourites, there's nothing like a feminist novel to lift your spirits and light your creative spark.

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me." - Jane Eyre

You: You're a writer who's feeling a little drained lately. With the the never-ending excitement of the current political climate, you're in need of a boost -- some authentic human connection, homemade baked goods, and maybe even a little reminder about the power of literature to change the world. 

The solution: Books -- specifically, feminist classics. Consider this workshop literary self-care. You may have read these works before, but there's nothing like diving into an old favourite to warm you up on a cold and uncertain night.

Over the course of six months, we'll read five works of classic literature with feminist themes -- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter. Once a month, we'll come together to chat about the book, do a bit of writing on the spot, and workshop pieces that we've brought from home. 

That's right -- in addition to reading, we're going to be writing. Every month, you'll receive a handout containing information about the next book as well as literary-inspired prompts and a (fun!) writing assignment. We're not just filling our tanks here, people. We're using that newfound creative energy to inspire new work -- the kind that might even (no pressure) make a difference in the world.

You'll come away from this workshop with:

  • Five completed writing assignments inspired by five incredible feminist classics. (Of course, you can write in whatever genre you choose.) 

  • That warm and fuzzy feeling that comes from sitting around a table with real live humans, no social media accounts required.

  • Six sets of fun and inspiring take-home writing prompts to keep the creativity train rolling long after our workshop is done.

  • A skip in your step and a replenished spirit.

This workshop is open to any writers** of any genre who are interested in spending some quality time with classic feminist literature. (That includes you, cis men!)

When: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of every month for six months starting in January 2018. Don't worry if you can't make it to one of the meetings -- I'll send you the materials via email.

Where: A short walk east of York Mills subway station.

Cost: $290 + HST. You can pay in full now, or pay half now and half a week before the workshop starts. This price does not include books, but if you cozy up to the Toronto Public Library, you can get them all for free. 

* i.e. any person who writes things, in any genre (shopping lists included), no Pulitzer Prizes or publishing credits required.

This workshop is limited to 8 participants.