February Writing Events

It’s time to shake up the month of February with some exciting writing events in the Toronto area! Phoenix Poetry Workshop For all of you poets out there, the Toronto Public Library is offering a series of Phoenix Poetry workshops at the College/Shaw branch . . .

Writers Have Writes


Remember when I wrote about “write what you know” and explained that it is sometimes a good idea to write what you don’t know but write about it like you do? Well, what exactly can a writer write about and what is off-limits? Can I write about genocide? Can I write about bullying? Can I write about war? These are questions writers may ask themselves . . .

“Fall”-ing into Some Writing Opportunities

Hello again! The temperature may be decreasing, but the amount of available literary events sure isn’t! Here is a quick summary of some opportunities for the near future. NaNoWriMo Essentially, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a writing event where thousands of people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November . . .

David Gilmour on Total Heterogeneity and Lack of Perspective

It goes without saying that David Gilmour’s inept comments for his Hazlitt interview are wholly embarrassing and will probably—hopefully—cost him his instructional position at Victoria College. Spawning a frenzy of reactions across all social media platforms and numerous newspapers locally and globally, David Gilmour unintentionally reminds us all of the necessity to include and embrace the work of writers from all backgrounds into the canon of great literature . . .

Word Count: Friends, Family, Editing Sponges


I love my mom and dad. I love my best ladies. I love my best fellas. But I don’t love them as editors. I mean, I like them alright and I appreciate their presence in my life, but I don’t know if I’d recommend them on Yelp . . .

Meet Lauren Rollit

Hey there! I’m Lauren Rollit and literature is my passion. I love reading and writing, and I am fascinated by the ability to craft stories and poems through the medium of text. However, despite even the strongest love, the writing experience can be tough . . .

Word Count: Hello and Welcome to My Brain


Dear new friends and old enemies, Welcome to the first instalment of Word Count, a regular series of posts by a young writer for other young writers. My life story is as follows: I moved to a new city when I was seventeen so that I could do what I’m doing now, which is make my way through university as a Creative Writing major at a Canadian institution . . .

Why Write Experience

You probably heard it countless times, well, I have. “Write from experience, write from experience. Write what you know, write what you know.” Take the little man who’s yelling at you and punch him in the face . . .

Igniting Used Matches

Digesting the Web: Lesson Learned Look through all your old diaries, journals, photo albums, text messages, and letters. The Hilt online magazine is looking for non-fiction poetry, short stories, and essays for their upcoming issue . . .