Writing About Grief


A weekend long intensive Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by award winning writer, Jacob Scheier.


This is an intensive 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 writing exercises, 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 and had a poem recently nominated for National Magazine Award. 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 to


Workshop Format and Cost:
The Workshop will take place over 2 days. Saturday, July 25 from 11 am-5 pm: personal narrative and Sunday July 26 11 am-5 pm: poetry. Participants may attend both days or just one day of their choosing.


Full weekend: $150
One Day: $100


There is a $25 discount offered for anyone who has taken a workshop with me in the past.


36 Maitland (south of Wellesley, east of Yonge)


Register by email at To hold your spot, I ask that you send the course fee by e-transfer to or cheque to Jacob Scheier to: 287 Winona Drive, Toronto M6C 3S8 (e-transfer preferred). Space is limited.


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


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