I will be doing an a one-off Writing About Grief Workshop in Dawson City (Yukon) this Wednesday, May 27 from 6-9 pm at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture


with current Writer-in-Residence Jacob Scheier

Wednesday, May 27th
in the KIAC Classroom

This is a workshop on creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay) and poetry engaging personal experiences of loss and grief. Through reading, discussion of literary devices and directed writing exercises, participants will work towards making their experiences of grief and loss speak to others in an evocative way.


Please sign up in advance at KIAC or call 993-5005.


Bring: something to write with (paper and pen or labtop)


Here’s a nice write up about the workshop in What’s Up Yukon




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I’ll be participating in several literary events at the Yukon Writers’ Festival and Young Authors’ Cofnerence  in Whitehorse, April 22-25 along with  Patti Flather, Chris Humphreys, Susan Musgrave, Jacob Scheier, and Graeme Peters. Details here

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I just arrived in Dawson City, Yukon where I’ll be the Writer’s Trust of Canada’s Writer-in-Resident at Berton House from April-June 2015.


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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 jacobscheier.org

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 griefwriting@gmail.com

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

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In the 6th annual International Festival of Authors “Battle of the Bards” on Wed. April 2 (2014)  I competed against 19 other fine poets. Catherine Graham was the winner and I was fortunate enough to receive a kind of “runner up” status along with Julie Joosten. As a result the three of us were awarded an invitation to read our work at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto this October. Details of reading date and time TBA.

Read more about the event here

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Poem in New Anthology

Mar 27, 2014

My poem “My Mother Dies in Reverse” from Letter from Brooklyn was just republished in the anthology: MESS: the hospital anthology, a collection of poetry and prose. It’s a beautiful book and I am additionally honoured that my poem inspired the cover art. You can read an interview with the editors, in which my poem among other works in the book are discussed, here


MESS Book cover

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I will be the feature reader this Wednesday, March 5th at London Open Mic, 6:30 pm at Mykonos Restaurant at 572 Adelaide St. North in London, Ontario.


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Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 7 pm at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, 301 Talbot St. (St. Thomas, Ontario):

with Ken Babstock, Karen Solie and Julie Berry


poster latest

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Read the review here!


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The Toronto Quarterly asks me some tough questions and publishes some poems from Letter From Brooklyn. Read it here.


letter from brooklyn pic


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