Self-Reflection

Join us for in a safe, supportive and stress-free environment to explore creative and reflective writing. Free from the pressure of evaluation, sessions are aimed at spontaneity and bringing your whole self to school. The space is transformed each week by the people in the room and whatever they create individually and together. 

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Write Now! is a program in partnership with U of T’s Poet in Community, Ronna Bloom.

For more information about the Poet in Community and upcoming events, visit the Poet in Community Program website.

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How it works Attend a reflective writing session led by student peer mentors
Schedule Thursdays 3 – 4 p.m. and Fridays 12 – 1 p.m.
Contact us For more information about the Write Now! program please contact mail.asc@utoronto.ca.
Mentor Bio Christine Ngo, 1st year, M.T., OISE
Mentor Bio Ian Marquez, 2nd year, M.Ed., Adult Education and Community Development
Mentor Bio Madeleine Anderson, 4th Year, B.A., Specialist in English
Mentor Bio Nikita Gupta, 3rd year B.Sc., Global Health, English, & Biochemistry
Mentor Bio Phoebe Uguy, 3rd Year, B.Sc. Physics & Philosophy
Mentor Bio Thalia Vrantsidis, 1st year Ph.D. in Psychology

How it works

Groups meet weekly, and are led by upper-year and graduate students. The groups explore a different theme each week (advertised on Facebook Poet in Community group) and mentors use creative writing prompts to get participants writing. Participants may choose to share what they write, but there is no expectation; you are very welcome to enjoy a quiet, personal experience. Come to a single session, or attend as many as you like. Please arrive at the start of the session and stay for the 50 minutes to get the full experience. All are welcome.

  • Reflect on your identity and experiences
  • Clarify what’s important to you, your life, and your learning
  • Gain insight and develop your awareness
  • Open up and challenge yourself with new perspectives
  • Generate unexpected ideas
  • Kick-start your imagination and your self expression
  • Have a space to write about feelings, school, friends, and everything you bring
  • Become more mindful
  • Unwind and de-stress
  • Build community with like-minded people
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When and where

Write Now! sessions run until the end of March.

Groups meet weekly at Hart House, North Sitting Room (Thursdays 3 – 4 p.m.) and Sid Smith 2116 (Fridays  12–1 p.m.):

When: Thursdays 3 – 4 p.m.

Where: Hart House, North Sitting Room                             

When: Fridays, 12 – 1 p.m.

Where: Sidney Smith, Rm 2116

Contact us

For more information about the Write Now! program, please contact mail.asc@utoronto.ca.

Mentor Bio

Christine Ngo

1st year, M.T., OISE

Interest in writing: I love writing magical realism and strange horror stories. In my free time, I like to experiment with fanfiction and fairy tale subversion. I love how you can explore new worlds and possibilities in writing—it's very cathartic!

Christine Ngo

Why I Am A Mentor: I love meeting other writers and even if you don't consider yourself a writer, I love encouraging people to try it out. I think writing is a great way to connect with people through ideas and writing together is a good way to feel connected with others (even if it's a quiet activity.) I hope to help others find relaxation and connections through writing, too!

When I Am Not Writing: I like to practice drawing digitally. I'm not very good at it yet, but it's very relaxing, and I can spend hours drawing if I feel like it.

Mentor Bio

Ian Marquez

2nd year, M.Ed., Adult Education and Community Development

Interest in Writing: Learning is a transformative experience that I find interesting and I am always looking for new ways to learn. I believe that writing and self-reflection is a useful medium for expression and for people to learn more about themselves. 

Ian Marquez

Why I Am Mentor: I would like to help students see that there is more to university life than lectures and textbooks. In doing so, I look forward to creating a safe and supportive writing community on campus with my fellow mentors. 

When I Am Not Writing: You can catch me at a sporting event, cheering on the Raptors or Blue Jays!

Mentor Bio

Madeleine Anderson

4th Year, B.A., Specialist in English

Interest in Writing:  I love writing because it allows me to see my ideas from an outsider’s perspective. I have kept a journal for many years and I write about everything I am thinking, so I have a record that I can continuously reflect back on. That, and I write a lot of poetry.  

Madeleine Anderson

Why I Am A Mentor: I was motivated to be a mentor because of the mind-opening experience I had as a participant. Using the prompts and listening to other people’s thoughts, I was able to stretch my free writing farther than I could on my own, and so I jumped at the chance to facilitate that experience for others. 

When I Am Not Writing: I am drawing and spending as much time as possible with the people I love. 

Mentor Bio

Nikita Gupta

3rd year B.Sc., Global Health, English, & Biochemistry 

Interest in writing:  Writing provides me an unrestricted outlet to reflect on the world around me and bridge the gap between reality and my inner thoughts.

Nikita Gupta

Why I am a mentor: I hope to instill in others the same passion for writing that I have, or at the very least, provide an open space for students to engage in the craft in a non-academic setting.

 

 When I Am Not Writing: You can find me doing clinical research at Toronto General Hospital, swimming, or sleeping.   

Mentor Bio

Phoebe Uguy

3rd Year, B.Sc. Physics & Philosophy

Interest in Writing: I do a lot of my thinking on paper and sometimes those thoughts come out as words.

Phoebe Uguy

Why I Am A Mentor: I'm very much interested in the process of writing, and of using that process as a form of thought, of reflection, of meditation, of therapy, of whatever you want it to be. Being able to explore writing in these different modes has been so inspiring to me personally, and I hope to facilitate and share that experience with others.


When I Am Not Writing: I like to make it to some ballet classes (I was a very serious "bunhead" growing up).

Mentor Bio

Thalia Vrantsidis

1st year Ph.D. in Psychology

Interest in writing: Mostly writing in my journal to record my reflections on life, psychology, and whatever else is currently filling my brain.

Thalia Vrantsidis

Why I am a mentor: I want to create a welcoming space for people to be able to explore themselves,their goals,emotions, relationships and education, with a spirit of curiosity and discovery. I have been very lucky to have people who have helped me do this in my own life, and I want to be able to share that with others.

When I Am Not Writing: I am probably doing science, practicing tai chi, attempting to cook delicious food, or drinking tea with my roommate.