Yorkville is renowned for its high proportion of fancy ladies with small dogs inside of expensive handbags and men in designer pinstripe suits driving oversized vehicles down narrow streets. Although you may not visit frou-frouland frequently, the new Toronto Writers’ Centre (TWC) at 101 Yorkville Ave. could make a trek to the area worthwhile. Ex-lawyer and novelist Mitch Kowalski is the brains behind Canada’s first writing centre, which he modeled after similar writing centres in New York City.
Opening today, TWC offers a 2,600 square foot space for writers which is divided into lounge, kitchen, and quiet areas. The space will be open daily from 7am until 11pm with hopes of establishing a place for creativity, focus, and literary inspiration. If you’re willing to pay an initiation fee of $107 and $175 plus GST per month (and commit to a six-month term), you could be one of the 175 writers to have access to the space. Offering a trial membership for commitment-o-phobes would be an ideal scenario but, alas, this is not the case. The cost is cheaper than renting an office space and more expensive than visiting your local library or coffee shop. Kowalski is attempting to create a close-knit community of writers and says, “The romantic idea of a writer in a coffee shop is just crap. You need space to transcend, and go into your own world.” We, on the other hand, believe that coffee shops are the epitome of transcendental space.
TWC is also offering readings and workshops which are free for members and are available to the public for a small fee.