“In order for the alive to win out”: a poetry workshop series.


Course Description

I write to make a statement of presence in language. In order for the alive to win out. So that, in the ordeal of the alive, words be the lust sparking a thousand provocative presences that fall into place in the middle of thoughts.

—Nicole Brossard, Elle serait la première phrase de mon prochain roman.

How can poetry help us to uncover, explore, and express that which makes us feel alive? How can metaphor help us to externalise the interior worlds, and bring them to life so that others might understand? How do we write desire, fury, frustration, compassion, empathy? This six-week workshop series will use poetry exercises to dig deep and let the alive out. Come prepared to write.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

        • TBA

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 12 students.

NEW PAYMENT POLICY: Participants must pay the course fees in order to be considered registered for the course. 

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

Location: Atwater

First Session: Monday 16 January 2023

Course Length: 6 weeks, Mondays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Instructor: Rachel McCrum

Degree Credit: 1.5 credits

Course Fee: 

$140.00 (writing course tuition)

Administrative Fee:



$165.00 (writing course fees)

NEW WRITING COURSE FEES: Returning and new students will pay an increased flat rate for instructor-based writing courses. Tuition waivers may no longer be used for these courses.

NEW REFUND POLICY FOR 6-WEEK COURSES: Course fees are refundable in full before the first session. After the first session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the second session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

If you are a RETURNING student

If you are NEW to TMI

Questions? Stuck? Give us a call at (514) 935-9585
or email us at info@thomasmore.qc.ca