Writing 2520A Write Now! - Writers on Writing

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.

2019 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. 

Guest lectures are open to all students, staff and faculty!

September 11: Rebecca Rosenblum

Rebecca is an award-winning short story writer and novelist whose most recent book is the novel So Much Love.

September 25: Andrew Wilmot

Andrew is a novelist, short story writer and professional editor as well as the co-publisher of Anathema Magazine.

October 9: Valerie Mills-Milde

Valerie is a short story writer and novelist from London, Ontario. Her most recent book is The Land’s Long Reach.

November 13: Téa Mutonji

Téa is a short story writer from Scarborough. Her debut collection, Shut Up You’re Pretty, was picked as a book to read in 2019 by Quill and Quire, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and CBC Books.

November 27: Jim Johnstone

Jim is a poet, anthologist and editor. His most recent books are the volume of poetry The Chemical Life and the anthology of new Canadian poets, The Next Wave.

September 18: Emma Healey

Emma is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in The LA Review of Books, Hazlitt, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and Raptors HQ. She plays in the punk band Rotten Column.

October 2: Ada Hoffmann

Ada is a speculative fiction writer and poet whose work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s and Uncanny.


October 23: Nicole Brossard

Nicole is a poet, essayist and novelist. The author of over 30 books, and a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award, she is one of the most well known French Canadian writers of her generation.

November 20: Joshua Whitehead

Joshua is a poet and novelist whose work has been nominated/shortlisted for the LAMBDA Literary Awards, The Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Governor General’s Award, and the Amazon First Novel Award.

December 4: Jane Urquhart

Jane is Western’s 2019-20 Writer-in-Residence and award-winning author of eight internationally acclaimed novels, among them The Whirlpool, the first Canadian novel to be awarded France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger.


Dr. Aaron Schneider