Announcing Story Planet’s Constellation Workshop Series!

Or: Making Friends with the Blank Page, and Finding Your Way Forward (or Backward, or Sideways)

In Story Planet’s first-ever creative writing program for grown-ups, seven stellar authors will share what they’ve learned on their writing journeys so far with a small group of workshop participants.

Make your winter a little cozier with this exciting workshop series featuring some of the most inspiring fiction writers in Canada! Each week, a different instructor will talk about their own process and offer tips on the craft of writing fiction; conduct a Q&A; and facilitate a real-time writing session followed by time to share and exchange feedback on this new work.

Choose from the full seven-week course, or a four-week package! (Details after the author bios)

Sign up by clicking here.

INSTRUCTORS:

Carrianne Leung

Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer and educator. Her debut novel, The Wondrous Woo, was shortlisted for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards. Her collection of linked stories, That Time I Loved You, was one of CBC’s Best Books of 2018, shortlisted for the Toronto Book Awards 2019, longlisted for Canada Reads 2019 and awarded the Danuta Gleed Literary Award 2019. Leung’s work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Ricepaper, Room Magazine, Prairie Fire and Open Book Ontario. She is currently working on a new novel, titled The After.


Téa Mutonji

A Black woman smiles head on at the camera. She has long, straight hair, large hoop earrings, and a plain black shirt. There is a plant in the background.

Born in Congo-Kinshasa, Téa Mutonji is a poet and fiction writer. Her debut collection, Shut Up You’re Pretty, is the first title from Vivek Shraya’s imprint, VS. Books. It was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (2019), and won the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award (2020) and the Trillium Book Award (2020). Mutonji lives and writes in Toronto.


Casey Plett

A white woman is looking at something just beyond the camera. She stands against an outside wall of horizontal wood paneling. She has long blonde hair and straight bangs. She wears a colourful necklace, a tank top, and a tattoo is visible on her right upper arm.

Casey Plett is the author of Little Fish and A Safe Girl to Love. She is the winner of the Amazon First Novel Award, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Best Transgender Fiction Award. She co-edited Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy From Transgender Writers, which won the ALA Stonewall Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and she has written for The New York Times, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Maclean’s, and them, among other publications.


Adam Pottle

A man looks to his right with a serious expression. He has short blonde, swept back hair and a short, full beard and mustache. He's wearing a black suit jacket and there's a large, black block wall behind him.

Adam Pottle’s writing spans numerous genres. His books include the memoir Voice, the novella The Bus, and the novel Mantis Dreams. His most recent play is The Black Drum, the world’s first all-Deaf musical, which was performed in Canada and France in 2019. His articles, stories, and poems have appeared in Quill & Quire and This Magazine. His work has won or been nominated for numerous awards; most recently, his short story “The Rottweiler” was nominated for a 2020 National Magazine Award. He lives in Saskatoon.


Waubgeshig Rice

A First Nations man stares straight into the camera with a small frown. He's in a wooded area with sunlight seem on the tree branches. He has long, straight brown hair and it wearing a denim shirt and a long sleeve dark grey jacket.

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation. He has written three fiction titles, and his short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies. His most recent novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was published in 2018 and became a national bestseller. He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002, and spent most of his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a video journalist and radio host. He left CBC in 2020 to focus on his literary career. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and two sons.


Teri Vlassopoulos

A woman looks off in the distances on her right. She is smiling slightly. She has straight, shoulder length dark brown hair, is wearing glasses, a necklace and a sleeveless shirt. She's against a background of white brick and another building.

Teri Vlassopoulos is the author of two books, the novel Escape Plans and a collection of short stories, Bats or Swallows, which was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for best first collection of short fiction and the ReLit Award. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines such as Room Magazine and carte blanche, and has been shortlisted twice for This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Her non-fiction has been included in various anthologies, including Through, Not Around, as well as online at Catapult, The Toast, The Rumpus and The Millions. She lives and writes in Toronto.


Jessica Westhead

A white woman looks into the camera. The photo is taken from above. The woman is smiling. She has light brown, short hair which is sticking out near her ears. She's wearing a long-sleeve white shirt and is learning against a white wall.

Jessica Westhead is the author of the novel Pulpy & Midge and the critically acclaimed short story collections Things Not to Do and And Also Sharks, which was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, a Kobo Best eBook of the Year and a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her latest novel, Worry, was a CBC Books Best Book of the Year and was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads. She lives in Toronto and teaches creative writing at the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.


Dates & Times

Full course:

Saturdays, February 13–March 27

1–4 p.m. EST

Package 1:

Saturday, February 13 (Teri Vlassopoulos)
Saturday, February 20 (Adam Pottle)
Saturday, February 27 (Casey Plett)
Saturday, March 6 (Waubgeshig Rice)

Package 2:

Saturday, March 6 (Waubgeshig Rice)
Saturday, March 13 (Jessica Westhead)
Saturday, March 20 (Téa Mutonji)
Saturday, March 27 (Carrianne Leung)


Capacity

Full 7-week course: 7 students
4-week package: 4 students per package


Cost

$590 for the full course

$360 for a four-week package

Sign up by clicking here.

Your payment is tax-deductible. All proceeds go directly to funding Story Planet’s creative writing programs for children and young people in Toronto’s underserved communities. 


Location

The Webiverse


Accessibility

Please notify us of any special accommodations you require.