Write at Hart House


Hart House is where the personal expression of writing and the public forum of literature meet. Develop the skills to explore your passion at Hart House.

As the centre of creative activity on campus, Hart House provides student opportunities to explore through writing, develop skills through hands on experience, and learn more about professional opportunities in the literary field.

Centred around the Hart House Library, and guided by the student-led Literary and Library Committee, Hart House offers open spaces for pleasure reading, organized writing programs, special events and the community you need to express yourself through the written word and discover through stories.

Upcoming Events

Preparing Your Work for Submission

Are you looking to submit your work on campus but don’t know what to do or where to go? We’ll be inviting the editors of campus journals to answer your questions. Participating journals.

When: Tues., Oct. 10, 2017, 5-7 pm
Where: East Common Room, Hart House
Cost: Free

Hart House Pop-Up Library: We Pop up, You Pop in

Got a few minutes? Grab a quick read from a collection of graphic novels, magazines and short books. Keep an eye out for the Hart House Pop-Up Library on St. George campus. You never know where you’ll find us next.

Weekly Events

Stop, Drop & Write (that thesis)

Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires? Do you find it challenging to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Join a community of peers who share your experience, and get your writing done at the same time. We will turn what is usually a solitary task into a social experience. Each session offers structured writing periods, with short breaks for socializing and de-stressing with free tea and coffee.

Session Dates:

Past Events

Field Trip to Kensington Market

Are you new to Toronto? If you are, join us for a field trip to Kensington Market. We’ll start our tour with local oral stories from Canada’s rich literary culture. Then we will explore environment and identity and investigate the hidden stories that contribute to our sense of place. Through writing and photography, we will collaboratively add to the vibrant narrative of our city using social media. Explore your new city with this facilitated walking tour, become part of the community and learn  more local Canadian stories.

Bring your cell phone with camera, and come dressed for the weather.

When: Fri., Oct. 14, 2016, 10 am–12 pm
Where: Reading Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required

Stories from The Justice System

Details: Join us for an evening of true stories told live on stage by people working in or with the legal system. Stories of human experiences intersecting with the sometimes rigid and logical world of the law, told by individuals who have worked to build a better system and improve the relationship between Canadians and the legal system.

When: Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 6:30–9 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House
Cost: Free for U of T students

Is Home a Moment or a Place? I’ll Meet You There.

What grounds you and where do you return to as the sense of home changes? Whether you’re somewhere brand new or have lived here forever, this workshop offers selections of poetry and writing exercises to investigate this reference point that orients and disorients us and how it looks from here.

When: Tues., Nov. 22, 2016, 1–2:30 pm
Where: Bickersteth Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required

National Novel Writing Month

Details: Have you ever though about writing a novel, but didn’t know where to start? If you could use a good old-fashioned kick in the pants (and some encouragement and support), join us this November for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). We’ll help you start, and finish, this challenge!

When: Weekdays in November, 8–10 am, excluding Reading Week
Where: Hart House Library
Cost: Free

The Human Library Project: Real people. Real conversations.

Have you ever lost yourself in a good book? Explored new ideas or experienced far-off places through the written word?  The Human Library is your opportunity to come face to face with a human book, ask questions and hear, first-hand, from people who have lived to tell unforgettable stories.

When: Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, from 11 am–3 pm
Where: East Common Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration encouraged

Literary Fair

Are you interested in literature and writing? At the annual Hart House Literary Fair, literary clubs and publications from all three campuses will show you how to get involved.

When: Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost: Free

Literary and Poetry Contest: Are you ready to get published?

Short fiction not more than 3000 words and poetry of no more than 250 lines can be submitted to the Information Hub at Hart House. The 1st prize winner will be published in the 2017 Hart House Review.

Deadline for Submission: Sun., Jan. 22, 2017

The Writers’ Co-op

The Writers’ Co-op of the Hart House Literary and Library Committee, provides an environment for students, emerging writers or lovers of the art, to share their knowledge and experience within the community.

2017 Session Dates and locations: