Summer Camps



For Aspiring High School Writers

with Creative Writing Teacher and Novelist


July 18 – 22

Monday – Friday: 1 :00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $35 per student

Get More From Your Reading Experience


The LeacockMuseum is asking Orillia high school English teachers to select and invite their most eager writing students to a challenging one-week Creative Writing workshop with acclaimed  writer  and novelist Cordelia Strube.

This five day, afternoon program gives your aspiring young writers a chance to create new and exciting work, shoulder-to-shoulder with an experienced writer and creative writing teacher.

The program is jointly sponsored by the Leacock Associates and TD Bank Financial Services.

Selected students will be invited to read from their work on Tuesday , July 23 at the official opening of the Leacock Summer Festival.

Space is limited to 15 students so please call or email us with your student names as soon as possible to confirm their interest or have the students call or email directly. Cost per student for this five day, intensive creative writing workshop is just $25. Bursaries are available for qualified students if finances are a concern.

What The Leacock Summer Academy

Creative Writing Workshop Is About

To write is to learn.  Our intent with the workshop is to galvanize young people wishing to enhance the free flow of thought from mind to page.  Through creative writing  exercises and discussion the group explores how to improve narrative drive, strengthen structure, deepen characterization and intensify the clarity and force of each sentence.  Experimenting with self-expression, the students learn that employing specific detail to illustrate themes and concepts brings them to life.  And that ‘writing it down’ is good for the soul.

Our goal is to encourage young people to grab a pen and take a chance.  Over the past two summers we  have watched these children born into a culture heavily weighted with technology, become rejuvenated by the stillness of writing.  Relieved of cell phones, they explore the Leacock house and grounds and allow their imaginations to play. Giving them time for reflection in a setting so out of step with our hurried times, enables them to discover a fictional impulse, sparking the creation of original and often very personal prose.

Life in the 21st century is increasingly challenging, complicated and sometimes confusing.  The act of putting pen to paper in a safe and tranquil environment provides young people with a tool for psychological and emotional survival.  Coming from a variety of backgrounds, they become unified through the process of creative writing.  Freed from the social and emotional barriers of home and school, they are encouraged to swim against the current, to express themselves as they never have before.

CORDELIA STRUBE is an accomplished playwright and the author of eight critically acclaimed novels.  Her first novel, Alex and Zee, was shortlisted for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and her third novel, Teaching Pigs to Sing, was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. She is a three time nominee for the ReLit Award.  Her play Mortal won the CBC Literary Competition and was nominated for the Prix Italia.  Her novel Lemon was shortlisted for the 2010 Trillium Book Award, and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Milocz, her most recent novel,  was a Toronto Star Top 20 Read. She lives with her family in Toronto where she teaches at RyersonUniversity.

To Register online:

go to:    and Enter Code 6116

Payments Accepted By Credit Card online

or by Cash, Cheque or Debit in person at the Leacock Museum

Information: 705-329-1908

or email:

Presented with the generous support of

The Leacock Associates             TD Bank Financial Services



The Love of Reading and Art of Writing at Leacock Museum

We at Leacock Museum strive to interpret this imaginative heritage throughout the National Historic Site and extend it by way of our contemporary educational and outreach programs.

Each year thousands of schoolchildren visit the Museum and participate in curriculum-linked cultural and natural heritage programs. Many return for our periodic Day Camps to focus on reading and writing.

For emerging writers we offer Writing Academies under the direction of established writer/teachers.  Poetry Reading events, held in the Shoreline Café and at Leacock House throughout the year, lead up to the Leacock Festival in July.  This literary Festival features readings by a variety of established and emerging talents.

At Leacock Museum we encourage the love of reading and the art of writing in association with authors, educators and organizations such as Canada’s national literacy organization, Frontier College.  Hence our Latin motto The Written Word Remains, is spoken with a gentle smile.

Littera Scripta Manet  Horace 31 BC


Stephen Leacock (centre) during a fly fishing excursion with May “Fitz” Shaw and Francis Page Hett, Orillia, Ontario, Canada 1933. (Photo by Olive Hett Seale 1933)

Daily life at Old Brewery Bay revolved around writing and fishing – fishing from the Writing Studio/Boathouse; in Lake Simcoe; on excursions with friends and fellow writers (above); and then dining on the catch.

Read Quotes

"He flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions."