Alissa York
Faculty member Alissa York gives a lecture on literary research at the 2017 School for Writers summer workshop.

If you’re writing a book and looking for feedback from established writers, want to build your professional network or are interested in writing short stories or poetry, Humber’s Summer Workshop in Creative Writing could be the destination for you. From July 8 to 13 at Lakeshore Campus, the School for Writers workshop gives you the opportunity to workshop a current project and attend a number of panels throughout the week.

Faculty members include Adam Foulds, Tracey Lindberg, Kyo Maclear, Colin McAdam, Jenny Offill and Alissa York.

Ann Cavlovic, who’s had short fiction and essays published, has been writing for 18 years. She took the summer workshop in 2017 with Alissa York as her advisor.

“She was fantastic,” said Cavlovic. “In a group with varying interests and levels of experience, she managed to (share) a useful nugget about the craft from nearly every point in the discussion.” Cavlovic took the workshop as a lead-in to eventually take the School for Writers correspondence program.

The summer workshop, she said, was useful for getting feedback on her manuscript – and not as scary an experience as she feared.

“It was great to be surrounded by other writers who know what it is you’re experiencing,” she added.

Kyo Maclear took the correspondence program in 2003 and was a mentor in the school for a few years. She’s getting ready to teach the summer workshop for the first time and has also taught in the University of Guelph Creative Writing master’s program.

“I think the (summer workshop) faculty is amazing,” she said. “I’m in awe of the people I’m going to be teaching alongside. It seems to attract really interesting students.”

In addition to working with a small group of students (no more than 10), each faculty member gives a talk to everyone signed up for the workshop. Maclear, who writes fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, plans to talk about visual storytelling.

“I think people who have a project they’re already invested in will benefit from this workshop,” she said. “Because we will be plunging into manuscripts each day … it helps to have some writing underway.”

The workshop consists of Sunday panels and a reception, five weekday classes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and afternoon lectures. If you apply by June 1, the cost is $950 plus HST. If you apply between June 2 and July 3 it costs $1050 plus HST.