Work From the Light You Have
Firefly Creative Writing Blog
by Chris Fraser
1w ago
  A V-shape of geese flying against a whitish grey sky. Photo credit Josh Massey on Unsplash.   Last weekend I was driving home from our Winterfire retreat, and my ears filled with honking geese, a sound that always softens me. Then I looked up and saw V after V of them flying, ragged and determined, across the pale sky, and I realized — it’s February. This isn’t right. My heart gasped with the image of their bare legs picking through snow and ice in the forecast. Meanwhile, all around me, people kept driving. Sometimes I get so frustrated that everyone doesn’t care about the same t ..read more
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Oh, the thrill of hiding… And spring workshops open for registration today!
Firefly Creative Writing Blog
by Chris Fraser
3w ago
  A workshop table covered in images, flowers, a mug of pens, and a harvest coloured table runner.   Rest your eyes! You can listen to this newsletter instead of reading it. Off the top: Spring Writing Workshops are open for registration! Click here to check them all out: Spring writing workshops As a kid, I loved playing hide and seek. I loved the breathless joy of being tucked out of sight, behind a curtain or under a bed, ears pricked for footsteps. I loved the sheer aliveness of being suspended between invisible and visible, waiting for the sudden reveal.   Lately I’ve been ..read more
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How to write when we have nothing to write.
Firefly Creative Writing Blog
by Chris Fraser
1M ago
  A tiny heart, hand drawn, on white painted wall, black paint peeling back around it.   Rest your eyes! You can listen to this newsletter instead of reading it. Begin here: I’ve got nothing. I had big ideas about sending you a banger of a newsletter this January. I started the year with an unexpected swell of inspiration and drive. I even chunked it out into doable pieces: Monday: Expand ideas, land on one. Tuesday: Work out the idea — notes, voice memos, free writing. Wednesday: Rough draft … And so on. But Monday, my dog was sick and my inbox was acting like an active vol ..read more
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Who can resist the metaphor of a new year? (Also: The book club is open!)
Firefly Creative Writing Blog
by Chris Fraser
1M ago
  Two colourful piles of books on a warm wood table top. Taken at our old studio by Shannon Litt.   Rest your eyes! You can listen to this newsletter instead of reading it. News Up Front: Registration starts today for the brand new Writer’s Book Club! We’re fantastically excited. This is sliding scale and all are welcome. Sign up for the book club here. Even though I won’t send it right away, I’m writing you this early on January 1st, while the whole world — or so it seems — is still sleeping. Earlier this morning, there was a fresh slick of ice on the sidewalks, making my dog walk ..read more
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The last Firefly newsletter of 2023 ✨
Firefly Creative Writing Blog
by Chris Fraser
2M ago
  Three mason jar candles, at various levels of used-up-ness, on a yellow table cloth with a dark sky and some far-away lights in the background. (A pic by Shannon Litt, from our studio goodbye party 2 years ago.)   You can listen to this newsletter instead of reading it. Click the long black rectangle above these words. Here we are, on the darkest of the year. According to my weather app, the sun will rise today at 7:48am, shortly after this arrives in your inboxes, and will set at 4:43pm. Eight hours and fifty-five minutes of daylight. But, you don’t need me to tell you that this ..read more
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Winter workshops launch today. And here’s a little space to exhale.
Firefly Creative Writing Blog
by Chris Fraser
3M ago
  A little candle in a little lantern, being lit with a wooden match.   You can listen to this newsletter instead of reading it. Click the long black rectangle above these words. Hello Sweet One. Our fresh slate of Winter Writing Workshops opens for registration today. We love this list. We love these groups. If you think there may be something for you in here, we invite you to do a little exploring, and reach out if you have any questions. Winter workshops galore While I’ve got you, do you need to exhale? We are all holding so much right now. There’s the war in Gaza, and the trauma ..read more
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Does writing need to be a slog? (Push Week is back!)
Firefly Creative Writing Blog
by Chris Fraser
4M ago
  A smooth wooden surface with a blank yellow pad and pen on it and an illustrated string of bunting on the page.   You can listen to this newsletter instead of reading it. Click the long black rectangle above these words. Push Week is back by popular demand! To skip right to the action, click here. Hi hi hi! ? We’ve all heard it, right? Writing is a chore, a long painful task, and that — and this line is attributed to too many writers to count — “All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” I just don’t buy it. Now, yes, writing is hard. There’s a ton of emotional labour in m ..read more
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You are not behind.
Firefly Creative Writing Blog
by Chris Fraser
5M ago
  A perky little toadstool in a field of grass and pine needles.   You can listen to this newsletter instead of reading it. Click the long black rectangle above these words. There’s an idea that’s always irked me in mainstream writing inspiration. It goes something like this — if you don’t write it, someone else will, and it will be too late. On one hand… sure? This could happen. Our ideas aren’t exclusive to us. We aren’t entitled to be their only carriers. But also — Does this matter? And mostly, does it help us write? Urgency is so seductive. We’re fed versions of it all the time ..read more
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Fall writing workshops, and the freedom of letting a dream die.
Firefly Creative Writing Blog
by Chris Fraser
6M ago
  Two deck chairs on a screened-in porch, facing a lake surrounded by greenery. There’s a small table with tea close by.   You can listen to this newsletter instead of reading it. Click the long black rectangle above these words. This is one of those “what’s happening behind the scenes” emails, but if you are looking for a workshop, retreat, or other writing program, scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter. OK. Here we go. I’ve shared a few times my deep dream of opening a writing retreat centre in Southern Ontario. This vision has been close to my heart my whole adult life, I ..read more
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Decolonizing “finishing” and changing my name — a note from Mari.
Firefly Creative Writing Blog
by Chris Fraser
7M ago
  Mari is laughing at the camera, seated at a table in front of a window and shelves of plants. She has light brown skin, and is wearing a floral pink top and dangly earrings.   You can listen to this newsletter instead of reading it. Click the long black rectangle above these words. Hi hi, Mari here! (Yes, I used to go by “Mary,” more on that in a moment…) A while ago, my The Big One group and I were talking about the shame and discouragement we sometimes feel when the inspiration isn’t flowing. One of my participants said: “This conversation is making me realize that the problem ..read more
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