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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 jacobscheier.org

 

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.

 

Location:
36 Maitland (south of Wellesley, east of Yonge)

 

Registration:
Register by email at griefwriting@gmail.com. To hold your spot, I ask that you send the course fee by e-transfer to griefwriting@gmail.com 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 griefwriting@gmail.com

 

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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 tojacobscheier.org

 

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 griefwriting@gmail.com

 

For more info: call 416-949-6003 or email griefwriting@gmail.com

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WRITING ABOUT GRIEF

Weekend Intensive Workshop with Jacob Scheier

A weekend-long intensive workshop on writing creative non-fiction (memoir, personal and lyric essay) and poetry engaging personal experiences of loss and grief. Through reading, discussion of literary devices and techniques and writing exercises, students will work towards making their experiences of grief and loss speak to others. 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.

Saturday, August 16th, Personal Narrative: 11-5 pm

Sunday August 17th, Poetry: 11-5 pm

Total cost: $150

Single Day (your choice): $100

Materials Provided

122 Golfview Avenue in the Beaches (Toronto)

About me: Jacob Scheier is the winner of a 2008 Governor General’s Award for poetry. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections with ECW Press and a non-fiction Ebook with The Toronto Star. His poems, essays and articles have been published across North America. He is also a support group facilitator with Bereaved Families of Ontario. Read more about me here: jacobscheier.org

To register or for more information contact Jacob at griefwriting@gmail.com or 416-949-6003

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Free on the spot poetry workshop – just show up with a poem and some copies to share with the audience-participants!

Black Swan Tavern

154 Danforth Ave, Toronto
more info here 

 

 

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Creativity Art Retreat is thrilled to welcome the Governor General’s Award winning poet, Jacob Scheier for 3 heart filled days of creative writing.

In this creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay/personal narrative) and poetry workshop, Jacob reveals a range of literary devices and techniques to make your own experiences speak to others.

LFB coverTelling our own stories and hearing the stories of others is a powerful reminder of our collective humanity…

Workshop Schedule:
Our week starts Sunday, June 15 with a 5:00 reception, gourmet dinner and an introductory talk by Jacob.

Please DO NOT come earlier as we will be setting up, unless you are staying on-site, in which case you may access your room at 4:00.
There will be time to set up your space and unpack your materials after the opening dinner.

The workshop runs Monday through Tuesday, 9:00 to 4:00, and Wednesday 9:00 to 2:00 with delicious snacks and lunches provided. An hour of yoga follows each workshop day. We have a limited number of yoga mats to share, so please bring your own mat if you have one.

The workshop ends Wednesday, June 18 after a late lunch and wrap up.

 

CREATIVITY ART RETREAT is located in DUNEDIN, Ontario, just 7 km west of Creemore, on the banks of the Noisy River, snuggled amongst purple hills in a quiet little hamlet. The perfect place to ‘retreat to’.

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We’ve been running this Art Retreat since 1996, bringing together some of the most exciting art instructors from across Canada and the States. The Retreat provides an inspiring and safe forum for people to explore and explode their creative juices, be they absolute beginners or experienced artists; and to discover and expand their own individual marks in an atmosphere of community, enthusiasm and learning.

WORKSHOPS
Workshops take place in both our wide-open and spacious north-facing studio and in our gallery space, on the banks of the Noisy River, amidst the purple hills of Dunedin.  Our workshops are for everyone – beginners through advanced – with a wide range of drawing and painting, writing and journaling workshops.

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Relax; curl up with art books, conversation and sharing.

INSTRUCTORS
This year, once again, we have an exciting selection of highly-acclaimed, award-winning instructors who are committed to helping participants make their personal creative journeys to find their very own creative marks.

MEALS
Delicious gourmet lunches, dinners and snacks with the freshest of foods, purchased locally, often at Creemore’s summer farmer market, served on site, either at the Art Retreat or next door on the deck of the River House, and created beautifully by one of our fabulous local chefs.

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WINE
We serve wine at our opening and closing gourmet celebration dinners at each workshop. Participants are invited to bring their own wine for the rest of the week, if they wish.

More info here

 

Register here

 

 

Cheers!

 

 

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Writing Poetry About Grief, Spring 2014:

 

A 6 week workshop on writing poetry about grief with Jacob Scheier. We will read and discuss contemporary elegies (poems of mourning) and craft our own.The workshop is intended for aspiring writers and professional writers — essentially anyone would is interested in giving their experiences of grief and loss poetic expression. Participants will learn about the nature of the elegiac form, as well as how to utilize literary devices and techniques to make our experiences of grief and loss speak to others. Grief, in this context, is not limited to death, but any kind of loss, including, but not restricted to: divorce and separation, the loss of a part of someone or oneself through illness or loss of a wider scale (e.g. ecological loss).

 

The cost of this workshop is $150/per participant. Materials provided.

 

Time and Place: Wednesdays, May 7-June 11, 6:30-9 pm. 25 Maitland Street, Toronto (1 block south of Wellesley St. and 1 block east of Yonge St).

 

 

About me:

I won a 2008 Governor General’s Award for poetry for my first book, More to Keep us Warm (ECW Press). My follow up collection, Letter from Brooklyn (ECW Press), was published last spring. I am also a volunteer peer-facilitator of support groups with Bereaved Families of Ontario since 2008 and I have been facilitating workshops on writing about grief for over three years. I have facilitated these workshops through Ryerson’s School of Continuing Education, at the Centre of Social Innovation, at the Bereavement Ontario Network’s Annual Conference and on the Walpole Island First Nations Reserve.

 

“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, former student.

 

To register or for further information, please contact me at griefwriting@gmail.com or call 416-949-6003.

 

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Thanks to Michael Bryson at TDR for his interest in my course and my thoughts on writing and teaching about grief.

 

You can read the interview in its entirety here

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bereavement Ontario Network (BON) kindly asked me to contribute an article on grief writing to their January newsletter. You can read it here: January Newsletter 2013 (1)

 

 

 

 

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