Our Story


Firefly Creative Writing is a small Toronto-based business offering creative writing workshops, retreats and coaching. After 14 years of serving our local community, we wanted a way to reach out further. We experimented with online classes, but the speed and distractions of the internet felt at odds with the tender heart of this work.
We love paper, treats and small, loving details, so once we got the idea for Hello Writer, it was love at first sight.


Firefly is run by me, Chris Kay Fraser, a writer and facilitator with an Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Community Development, where I spent two years obsessed with the question of how to use writing as a tool for community connectedness and personal growth. I read every book, took every class, interviewed every writing group facilitator I could find, and then I took the big, scary step — I walked around town with flyers, inviting people to my living room for a workshop.
Well over a decade later, Firefly has grown in a beautiful team of eight women with a cozy studio, an enthusiastic community, writers In residence, a scholarship fund, editing services, open mic nights and over 30 classes and retreats a year.
We’re proud of what we’ve made, and we’re especially proud of this newest branch. Thank you for visiting.