Polishing Your Craft:
Intensive In-House Writing Retreat


Course Description

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 and assigned in-class exercises, there will be ample time for writing and editing of the pieces you bring. You should be prepared to offer and receive constructive, guided criticism from the instructors and one another.

Register early. The maximum number of students is 10.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

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.

Course Details

First Session: Saturday 1 May 2021

Course Length: 3 weeks, Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Instructors: Pauline Beauchamp, Karen Nesbitt

Degree Credit: No

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.

Degree students, course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers should not register online. 

Degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses at info@thomasmore.qc.ca

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers from cancelled Spring 2020 courses, 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 at TMI