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The Writing Spiral

8 Learning Spirals for Writing and Life

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Write who you are. Live your metaphors.

I'm excited to share this online course with you. I believe that to become better writers we need to become better learners. This course takes you and your writing on a self-reflective journey through eight learning spirals. The course is as much about self-discovery as it is about writing.

How does metaphor work in your life? What is your relationship with your writing process? How do you develop mastery as a writer? How do you write your truth? Actively explore metaphor through writing and reflection to boost your creativity and re-invigorate your writing process.

The Writing Spiral is inspired by the ideas in the now sold-out book by the same name.

This is a 12-week course that explores 8 spirals. The course includes:

  • 61 days of lessons over 12 weeks of instruction
  • 100+ hours of learning and writing
  • 141 prompts and experiences--lots of choice!
  • 18 instructional videos
  • 15 PDF downloads of resources you can keep
  • Change your writing life by spending 20-60 minutes a day with us!

This is a course for everybody, including people who are new to writing, experienced writers, and writing teachers. The online, self-directed format allows writers to work at their own pace or follow a structured day to day outline.

Explore your relationship with your writing and with learning. Be inspired. Uncover a rich creative life and find balance.


Your Instructor


Jessica Outram
Jessica Outram

Jessica Outram was recently appointed Poet Laureate of Cobourg, Ontario. She has been a writer and educator for over twenty years.

Her work with sunshine in a jar began in a poem and then became the focus of her arts-informed inquiry during her Master of Arts in Adult Education and Community Development at University of Toronto.

Jessica Outram’s play Once Upon a Rocking Chair recently had a run of sold out performances in her hometown. The Writing Spiral: Learning as a Writer is a book about eight thematic spirals exploring how we can cultivate a writing life of ongoing development. From the Cottage Porch: An Anthology captures the spirit of cottage life in Ontario.

Jessica is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She is an elementary school principal who writes every day. For more information visit: www.sunshineinajar.com

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]


Course Curriculum


  Week 9: Your Writing Spiral
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  Week 12: Your Writing Spiral
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
It's up to you. You decide when to begin and the pace you work through the content.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have access to this course across any and all devices you own for at least one year.

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