Join the little words(on)pages team and talks/workshops from Jay MillAr, Liz Worth, Tabatha Stuhlmueller, and Trevor Abes for our first ever public workshop! Thanks to the generous funding of the Toronto Arts Council, we will be able to host a comprehensive four-week workshop that covers everything from writing, editing, and performing to bookbinding, chapbook layout, and screenprinting. The workshop will take place on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 pm on June 9, 16, 23, and 30 at CSI Annex (720 Bathurst).

We will have specialized guest presenters each week, and with only 12 spots available, each three-hour session will be in-depth, personalized, and hands-on. The best part? Thanks again to the Toronto Arts Council, the registration fee for this workshop is just $40* for all four sessions, with no sneaky extra charges. (That means all materials are included in that cost.) Check out the detailed description of each session below. (Please note that workshop information will be updated as we confirm presenters and guests.)

Some highlights from the workshop include the binding a chapbook of your own work (materials, layout, and tutorial will be provided), receiving written and verbal feedback on several pages of your work, receiving feedback on your oral presentation of your work, learning how to screen print, and (of course) meeting really wonderful people from the Toronto small press community.

To reserve a spot, e-mail with WORKSHOP REGISTRATION in the subject line. A $20 deposit will be necessary to reserve your spot, payable by cheque, e-transfer, or PayPal. This deposit is fully refundable up to SIX WEEKS before the start date of the workshop; after April 28, 2016, this deposit is non-refundable. The balance ($20) of the registration fee will be due in full by May 31, 2016. We will reserve backup spots on a first come, first serve basis, in case something comes up and will let those who have reserved a backup spot if they can attend the workshop by April 28th.




June 9: the groundwork

    • Guest presentation from Jay MillAr, publisher at BookThug
    • Introduction to the Canadian and Toronto small press communities, including a brief outline of presses, literary magazines, and other projects actively contributing to the community and the roles of each
    • Open discussion of publications and presses that are of special interest to workshop attendees

June 16: the writing process

    • Open discussion with guest presenter Liz Worth on the topic of inspirations, writing processes, obstacles, et cetera
    • Guided two-hour roundtable workshop with attendees and guest presenter Liz Worth—who will give you feedback on your written work
    • Optional manuscript swaps between those interested in further editing

June 23: making a chapbook and submitting work

    • Screenprinting demonstration from Tabatha Stuhlmueller
    • Presentation on design and copyright issues, along with InDesign demo
    • Interactive demonstration of chapbook making process—attendees are provided with the materials to bind the manuscripts they have brought
    • Discussion on submission techniques for magazines, contests, prizes, presses, et cetera

June 30: grants and performance

    • Guest presentation and in-session feedback from Trevor Abes, member of the 2015 Toronto Poetry Slam Team
    • Guest presentation from the Toronto Arts Council on grants available to emerging writers and literary organizations
    • In-session feedback from peers and guest poet Trevor Abes on attendees’ performance


*If the $40 registration fee is prohibitive to your participation in this workshop, please e-mail with your concerns and we will do our best to be accommodating. Our number one priority is providing accessible education to passionate, talented emerging writers. (That’s you!)