Mini Course: Writing with Our Senses

Learn how to write using language that relates to our five senses!

This self-paced mini course is ideal for writers new to creative writing who want to learn the basics of writing using sensory language.

Experience Level: Introductory

Genre: Poetry (but content is relevant for all genres of writing)

Delivery: Text-based

Upon completion of this course, participants will

  • learn what images are and why they are crucial to most forms of creative writing
  • understand how images impact readers
  • practise turning abstract language into an image
  • write a free-verse image poem using sensory language

Your Instructor

Kathryn Mockler
Kathryn Mockler

"Kathryn Mockler makes students' writing come alive." - Western News

Kathryn Mockler is an award-winning writer, poet, screenwriter, editor, publisher, and creative writing professor.


Her short fiction collection Watch Your Head is forthcoming with Book*hug in 2021. She is the author of the poetry books Some Theories (ST Press. 2017), The Purpose Pitch (Mansfield Press, 2015), The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012), and Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011). She is the Toronto Editor of Joyland: a hub for short fiction and the Publisher of the online literary and arts journal The Rusty Toque.

In 2005, she attended the Canadian Film Centre's Writers' Lab and wrote two short films for the NBC/Universal Short Dramatic Film Program. She has seven shorts films and videos produced to date.

Her work has been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo and has screened at festivals such as the Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series, Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Festival, Worldfest, Cinequest, and EMAF. Her films are distributed by Ouat Media, V-tape, and the Canadian Film Centre. She provides script analysis for major production companies and funding agencies in Canada.

Kathryn has taught creative writing, poetry, screenwriting, experimental writing since 2003 at four post secondary institutions.

She currently teaches creative writing at Western University where she won the Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The poetry and fiction by other writers that she's published and edited have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, The Journey Prize, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.

Her undergraduate creative writing students have published in Vallum, Ditch, Poetry is Dead, The Malahat Review, and many other journals.

And they've gone on to study creative writing and screenwriting at Columbia University, University of Southern California, UBC, Guelph-Humber, Humber Film and Television Program, York University, University of Toronto, University of New Brunswick, and University of Victoria.

Find out more about Kathryn Mockler on her website.

Course Curriculum

  What Are Images?
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  Writing Exercise
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  Next Steps
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This course is not open for enrollment.