Writing Poetry About Grief

An 8 week long Poetry Writing Workshop taught by award winning writer, Jacob Scheier.

This is a workshop course on writing poems that explore 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 and poetic 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. He was the winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Award for poetry and his poems been published in magazines across North America, aired on CBC radio and inspired a contemporary dance performance at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto. His second full length collection, Letter from Brooklyn, was published with ECW Press (2013). Jacob read from Letter from Brooklyn as a guest author, this past fall, at the 2014 International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront. 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 to

When and Where: Thursdays 6:-9 pm, January 22-March 12, 2015. 373 Front Street West (Just east of Spadina).

Cost: $250.00. 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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