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Write Like a Pro

With Colleen Kimmett



The Write Like a Pro workshop is designed to guide participants through the stylistic and technical elements that make a great piece of writing.

Schedule: Wednesdays, November 10, 17, 24, December 1, from 6 pm – 8 pm.

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Writing can be an act of catharsis, a way of processing experiences during difficult times. Now, more than ever, we need to write our stories.

The Write Like a Pro workshop is designed to guide participants through the stylistic and technical elements that make a great piece of writing. It draws heavily from the art and craft of narrative non-fiction, but is relevant for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively through the written word. The nut of it is: How do you make your truth compelling to others?

Over the course of the workshop, we’ll cover: shaping ideas; planning and organising material; elements of storytelling; wordcraft and style; finding your voice; tough-love editing; and, finally, putting your work out there.

Now in its TENTH run, the Write Like a Pro workshop puts special focus on practising techniques we learn in class through the process of developing, writing, and polishing a short (500- to 1000- word) non-fiction piece by the end of the workshop. For most people, this requires setting aside an additional hour or so per week to write at home.

In each workshop, we’ll spend part of the time reviewing techniques and examples, and part of the time writing, sharing work, and providing feedback to others. Think of it like part writing class, part writing circle.

So, if you’ve been feeling the urge to write now more than ever, don’t hesitate to sign up.

If you’re unable to pay the $150 fee but would like to attend Colleen’s workshop, we offer a solidarity ticket price of $125. For more details, please email willow@surplace.co.

Teacher Bio

Colleen Kimmett is a writer and journalist. She was a science and environment reporter at the Tyee in Vancouver for eight years before moving to Montreal (with some travelling and freelancing in between). Colleen was recently part of a team that produced a major investigative project exposing high levels of lead in municipal drinking water across Canada and currently teaches a science communication course at McGill. Her writing has been published in The WalrusThe GuardianAl Jazeera AmericaBright MagazineIn These TimesStatNewsArctic Deeply, and others. 


“A great class! I appreciated the focus on specific techniques + I loved learning about new authors.”

“Very informative & practical which I like very much.”

“Colleen is a solid instructor who provides useful, packaged, and directed feedback.”

Other Workshops by Colleen Kimmett

Breaking Out of Academic Writing

Write Like a Pro — Get Published Edition

Event Details

Session 1: November 10, 2021

Session 2: November 17, 2021

Session 3: November 24, 2021

Session 4: December 01, 2021

Start time: 18:00 EST

End time: 20:00 EST

Venue: Zoom Conference