Writing About Grief

A ten week long Creative Writing Workshop taught by award winning writer, Jacob Scheier.


This is a workshop course on creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay) and poetry engaging personal experiences of loss and grief. Through reading, discussion of literary devices and workshopping writing exercises and assignments, participants will work towards making their experiences of grief and loss speak to others in an evocative way. Subject matter is not limited to the death of a loved one, but can include, for example, a divorce/break up or losing a part of a person through injury or illness.


“Jacob creates a class atmosphere that is safe, supportive, and truly creative, and this has given all of us the freedom to write very moving and powerful pieces around the subjects of grief and loss.”
- Dianne Moore, Learner, former student.


About Jacob: Jacob Scheier is an award winning poet and journalist.  He was the winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Award for poetry and his poems, essays and articles have been published across North America. His second full length collection, Letter from Brooklyn, was published with ECW Press (2013). He is also the author of the non-fiction ebook My Never Ending Acid Trip, published by The Toronto Star (2013) and a regular contributor to Toronto’s NOW Magazine. He has been a volunteer peer-facilitator with Bereaved Families of Ontario since 2008 and has been facilitating workshops on writing about grief since 2011. To learn more about Jacob go


When and Where: Tuesday evenings September 16-November 18, 2014, 6:30-9 pm. 25 Maitland Street, Toronto (1 block south of Wellesley St. and 1 block east of Yonge St.)


Cost: $225.00. Reading material provided (participants are responsible for photocopying assignments for workshop and providing own supplies for in-workshop writing exercises (i.e. pen and paper or a labtop computer).


To register: contact Jacob at


For more info: call 416-949-6003 or email

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