Write at Hart House

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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.


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 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


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.

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The Writers’ Co-op

The Writers’ Co-op is a weekly drop-in creative writing workshop that provides University of Toronto students and emerging writers a positive, welcoming environment where they can write, share, and have fun.

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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