Jessica Westhead.com

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Aspiring writers: I’m a creative-writing instructor at the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University, and I would love to teach you!

I’m teaching CWWR 410 – Short Fiction Writing – Level 1

and CWWR 952 – Creative Travel Writing (both online).

I really enjoy talking about the creative process with other writers, and passing along tips and tricks I’ve picked up during my writing career so far. Among other appearances, I’ve been the keynote speaker for a “New Directions in Canadian Short Fiction” panel co-hosted by the Canadian Authors Association, Iguana Books, Editors Toronto, and the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies; and a frequent guest author at the Toronto District School Board’s Authors’ Day. I’ve been a workshop leader at the Oakville Public Library and at the White Pine Reading Celebration in Oshawa. I’ve also been a guest speaker at college and university creative-writing classes in Toronto; and a guest speaker and workshop leader for Writer’s Craft classes at high schools in the Toronto, Durham, and Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Boards, and at Havergal College in Toronto. I’ve also given writing talks to members of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region, the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County, and the Writers’ Community of York Region.

Interested students, teachers, librarians and writing groups can contact me directly if you’d like me to speak about fiction writing or conduct a creative-writing workshop.

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