Workshops

Creative Writing @ ECP and Other Workshops

Please register for workshops here.

Engaging the Audience Through Creative Nonfiction Writing
Instructor: Maria Cioni
Saturday, January 14
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, BA 4287

Writing to Your Audience
Instructor: Nina Munteanu
Saturday, January 14
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, BA 5281

Board Game Design
Instructor: James McMahon
Sunday, January 15
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, GB 304

Building Character: Creating a Character Who Feels
Instructor: Jessica Taylor
Sunday, January 15
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, BA 4287

Workshop Descriptions

Engaging the Audience Through Creative Nonfiction Writing
Instructor: Maria Cioni
Saturday, January 14
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, BA 4287

“Truth is stranger than fiction” and all of us have true stories to share. Literary non-fiction techniques enrich any topic, whether in the form of memoir, personal essay, blog or website. Participants learn the fundamentals of literary non-fiction writing, assess examples and write their own story.

While this workshop can accommodate students with a range of experience, writing and giving constructive feedback are expected.

The instructor is Dr. Maria Cioni, author of the literary nonfiction book, Spaghetti Western: How My Father Brought Italian Food to the West and contributor to Mama Mia: Good Italian Girls Talk Back. She is also a lead CI in first year engineering design and a program manager in ECE297.

Writing to Your Audience
Instructor: Nina Munteanu
Saturday, January 14
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, BA 5281

This workshop will explore the motivations and thoughts of various audience groups and match aspects of writing craft to each. Be prepared to discuss and share as we go over examples and writing exercises.

Nina Munteanu is a novelist and essayist, with over 12 books published. She writes for various magazines and is editor for several publishing houses in North America and Europe.

Board Game Design
Instructor: James McMahon
Sunday, January 15
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, GB 304

This board game design workshop will challenge you to design and communicate core ideas of engineering to potential players who need to learn rules and have an enjoyable game experience. You will also learn how innovative design decisions can enable a game to simulate the analytical and decision-making challenges of engineering.

James plays lots and lots of board games in the time between his research on Hollywood and his teaching at the University of Toronto and Trent University. Concordia is his favourite game in his collection, which is probably now over 50 games.

Building Character: Creating a Character Who Feels
Instructor: Jessica Taylor
Sunday, January 15
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, BA 4287

As future engineers, students must put themselves in someone else’s shoes to work effectively as professional team members, interact with clients, or negotiate competing interests related to their design. To refine these skills of problem solving, thinking outside the box, and tolerance, an engineer needs an understanding of human thoughts, behaviour, and feelings. Developing characters through fiction exercises is a fun, low-stakes way to explore these skills.

Award-winning fiction author Jess Taylor will help students develop characters, either for a novel or short story, and students will engage in a variety of exercises examining what is inside human experience, allowing them to see the world from multiple points of view.

Students may bring Works In Progress, but the focus will be on creating new work and characters.

Jess Taylor is the author of the short story collection, Pauls. In 2014, the title story from the collection “Paul” received the Gold National Magazine Award, and “Breakfast Curry” from the same collection was nominated for a National Magazine Award this year. Jess is currently working on more books of fiction and teaching with the Engineering Communication Program at the University of Toronto.

Please register for workshops here.

Workshops will take place in the Bahen Centre (BA), 40 St. George St., and the Galbraith Building (GB), 35 St. George St.

Workshop Requests

Do you have an idea for a workshop session? Have you attended one of our ECP Workshops in the past and would like to attend again?

Please email us at ecp@ecf.utoronto.ca and let us know.