Writing 2520A - Write Now!

Learn about writing from writers

Interested in creative writing, in learning about different genres and styles of writing, and in getting insights into the business and craft of writing from working writers? Consider taking Writing 2520A.

Write Now! is organized around a series of lectures by writers. Every week, a new writer visits the class to read from their work, talk about their writing and their career, and answer questions. The writers booked for this year include novelists, poets, playwrights, podcasters, graphic novelists, comic book writers, young adult authors, etc. Lectures cover topics such as inspiration, overcoming creative blocks, revision, publishing and literary citizenship.

This course offers students a unique opportunity to learn from a wide variety of writers about the craft of writing and the creative life while improving their own writing.

Creative Writers Speakers Series

Presented by Writing 2520A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series at Western, everyone is invited to hear some of Canada’s best established and emerging writers read from their work and talk about their craft. 

September 19: Shane Neilson

Poet, editor, critic, two time winner of the Arc Poetry Magazine poem of the year award, and author, most recently, of Dysphoria.

October 3: Leah Simone Bowen

Playwright, producer, and co-host of the podcast The Secret Life of Canada.

October 24: Kevin Hardcastle

Short story writer, novelist, winner of the Trillium Book Award and the Relit Award for short fiction, and author, most recently, of In the Cage.

November 7: Tom Cull

London Poet Laureate and author of Bad Animals.

November 21: Louise Bernice Halfe

Poet and winner of the Milton Acorn Award, the Pat Lowther First Book Award and the Gerald Lampert Award.

December 5: Mariko Tamaki

Award winning young adult writer, graphic novelist, and writer for both Marvel and DC comics.

September 26: Mark Sampson

Poet, short story writer, novelist , and author, most recently, of The Slip.

October 17: Karen Krossing

Award winning young adult writer, and author of Punch Like a Girl.

November 7: Mike O'Connor

Owner of Insomnia Press.

November 14: Cherie Dimaline

Western Writer-in Residence, Governor Genral Award and Kirkus Prize winner, and author, most recently, of The Marrow Thieves.

November 28: Casey Plett

Short story writer, novelist, winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and author, most recently, of Little Fish.


Dr. Aaron Schneider