Polishing Your Craft: Intensive Writing Retreat


Course Description

March 2022 Update: This course has been moved to June in order to take place in person.

For students who have already completed one of the following writing courses at TMI (or equivalent): Creative Nonfiction Writing, Memoir Writing, or Fiction Writing.

Are you eager to hone your writing skills, further polish your work, and explore more advanced aspects of your craft? In this short, intensive writing retreat, we will meet at TMI over three consecutive Saturdays to discuss, write, edit, and share our ongoing work with one another. Using Ursula LeGuin’s wonderful workbook, Steering the Craft, as our guide, we will explore a variety of narrative elements ranging from the sound of the language to the way we impart information.  Students should bring one short piece or excerpt from a longer piece that they would like to polish (max 1,500 words). The piece may be nonfiction, memoir, or fiction. In addition to class discussions, assigned in-class exercises and review of homework, we will devote part of our time together to apply what we have learned to the pieces you bring. You should be prepared to receive constructive, guided criticism from the instructors and other participants, and offer it to one another as well.

Register early. The maximum number of students is 10. Lunch is included in the cost of this workshop.

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

    • Ursula K. LeGuin. Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story

This course is full; to add yourself to the waitlist, email info@thomasmore.qc.ca or call (514) 935-9585. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

Sessions: Saturdays 11 June, 18 June, 25 June 2022

Course Length: 3 weeks, Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Instructors: Pauline Beauchamp, Karen Nesbitt

Degree Credit: 0 credits

Course Fees: 

$130.00 (standard tuition)
$90.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$160.00 (standard tuition)
$120.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third 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.

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