Hey, what's your favourite notebook? Here's mine.

Discover your unique voice, and banish the fear

of a blank page forever. Start Writing workshops in Toronto.

  • finishers-feature-jun16
  • bootcampslide-jun16
  • portrait-slide-may21
Recent Posts & Projects
  • The Start Writing Podcast chats up Toronto author Daniel Perry about his debut collection of short fiction, Hamburger.

  • A sneak preview of the first-ever Start Writing retreat, this August in Gilmour, ON.

  • I made one resolution for 2016: to read 100 books. Here’s how I did in the year’s first quarter (hint: not so good).

Overheard
  • In writing a novel, when in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns.

    – Raymond Chandler

  • And by the way, here's my theory of punctuation:
    Instead of a period at the end of each sentence, there should be a tiny clock that shows you how long it took you to write that sentence.

    – Laurie Anderson

  • sometimes a book isn't a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. sometimes it's the only story you know how to tell.

    – Tahereh Mafi

  • Don't tell me about the pain. Show me the baby.

    — Bill Parcells

  • You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.

    – Doris Lessing

  • Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn’t it such a relief to have somebody say that?

    – Kurt Vonnegut

  • There is only one plot – things are not as they seem.

    – Jim Thompson

  • People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up into the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.

    – Harlan Ellison

  • Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.

    –Flannery O’Connor

  • Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.

    – May Sarton