Our Instructors

Our instructors are all published writers and dedicated teachers, and are supportive and inspiring, both in the classroom and online.

Instructors may include the following:Courses
Rhonda Abrams is a film and video maker whose work has been widely exhibited in galleries and in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The National Gallery of Canada. She studied Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa and the Banff Centre, and has an MFA in film production from York University. Rhonda is academic coordinator and instructor for The Chang School’s New Media program.CWWR 369
Jason Allen is currently the Creative Manager at the global adventure travel company G Adventures. He's been a professional copywriter and brand consultant for 10 years, crafting brand experiences for companies of all sizes. He is a former improv actor and colour forecaster, and current host of the tri-annual storytelling event in Toronto, So True: Life stories, well written, well told. As a writing teacher and mentor, Jason brings a unique, practical perspective on making a living in the creative community.CWWR 367
Susan Glickman is a former English professor who goes to art school and works as a freelance editor when not teaching at Ryerson University. She did the illustratons for her seventh novel, The Discovery of Flight, due out in the spring of 2018. Her seventh book of poetry, What We Carry, is due out sometime after that. For further information, visit her website at www.susanglickman.com.CWWR 420
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Brian Henry has been an editor, teacher, and writer for more than 20 years. He has edited for Boston Mills Press, General Publishing, Harlequin Books, Kensington Publishing, and Meteor Publishing. He has reviewed books for The Toronto Star and Books In Canada, written numerous articles for The Canadian Jewish News, and written opinion pieces for The Toronto Star, The Canadian Jewish News, and the Jewish Tribune. Brian is also the author of a juvenile version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and is the editor of the literary newsletter, Quick Brown Fox. Brian has led creative writing workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Sudbury, but his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students to get published.CWWR 450
Ann Ireland is the Coordinator of Writing Workshops at The Chang School. A prize-winning author of five novels, her fifth novel, titled Where’s Bob? will be published in the spring of 2018. A feature film, The Pianist, directed by Claude Gagnon, was made from her first novel, A Certain Mr. Takahashi. Ann is a former president of PEN Canada, an international human rights organization that defends freedom of expression and aids imprisoned and endangered writers. www.annireland.caCWWR 410
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Sharon Jennings, a former editor, has written over 60 books for young people, including the Governor General nominated novel Home Free. She is often hired for manuscript evaluation, visits classrooms and libraries across Canada, and recently completed her second trip to Kenya as the Canadian juror for the Burt Award for African Literature. Current president of CANSCAIP, Sharon is a past board member and current president of The Canadian Children’s Book Centre.CWWR 298
Beth Kaplan earned an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC after a decade as an award-winning actress and playwright. She has been teaching memoir and personal essay writing at Ryerson University since 1994 and at the University of Toronto since 2007, and is a fellow of the Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program. The paperback edition of her biography of her great-grandfather, Finding the Jewish Shakespeare, was launched in New York in 2012, and recently she brought out a memoir, All My Loving: coming of age with Paul McCartney in Paris, and a textbook about memoir writing for her students, True to Life: 50 Steps To Help You Tell Your Story. For more information and her blog, please check out bethkaplan.ca.CWWR 336
Kenn Scott is an award-winning television writer whose work on sitcoms and animated shows has been seen on CBC, CTV, Teletoon, Fox, CBS, PBS, BBC, and ITV, as well as in more than 60 countries worldwide. He has been teaching screenwriting at Ryerson University since 1997.CWWR 446
Sarah Sheard, MA, has over 20 years experience teaching creative writing at Ryerson University and Humber College. She has published four novels as well as numerous personal essays and short fictions. She has won a National Magazine Award in journalism for an essay on her 13-year sojourn as a literary editor with The Coach House Press, and in 2003, her literary papers were acquired by York University.
A postgraduate of The Gestalt Institute of Toronto, Sarah has also been a psychotherapist and mediator since 1995, specializing in the issues of creative people.
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Lynda Simmons began her writing career with romantic comedies for Harlequin and Kensington and has since made the leap to mainstream fiction, with her latest titles published by Berkley Publishing (Penguin USA). Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and published around the world. When she’s not writing or teaching, Lynda is a frequent guest lecturer at writing workshops and festivals in Canada and the US.CWWR 305
Cordelia Strube is an accomplished playwright and the author of ten critically acclaimed novels, including Teaching Pigs to Sing, Lemon and, most recently, On The Shores Of Darkness, There Is Light which won the 2016 Toronto Book Award. Winner of the CBC literary competition and a Toronto Arts Foundation Award, she has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Prix Italia, and long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. A two-time finalist for ACTRA’s Nellie Award celebrating excellence in Canadian broadcasting, she is also a three-time nominee for the ReLit Award. CWWR 410
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Jessica Westhead is a Toronto writer and editor. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, selected for the Journey Prize anthology, and nominated for a National Magazine Award. Her short stories have appeared in major literary journals in Canada, the US, and the UK, including Hazlitt, The New Quarterly, Geist, Maisonneuve, Indiana Review, and Hamish Hamilton’s Five Dials. She is the author of the novel Pulpy & Midge (Coach House Books) and the critically acclaimed short-story collections And Also Sharks and Things Not to Do (Cormorant Books). And Also Sharks was a 2011 Globe & Mail Top 100 Book, one of Kobo’s Best eBooks of 2011, and a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Prize. CBC Books has called Jessica one of the “10 Canadian women writers you need to read now.”CWWR 410
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