What we're about

What is Toronto Dark Fiction?

Toronto Dark Fiction is a writing group for authors of dark fiction based in the city of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The group serves as a way for writers and other interested parties to meet, build a network, share their works, provide and receive critique and feedback, and improve their craft and those of others as equals in a safe, supportive environment.

What is "Dark Fiction"?

Dark fiction includes fiction of any genre which contains a "dark element" or touches on themes typically associated with the horror genre. This may include things like the death and dying, frightening or terrifying themes, monsters and/or the supernatural, morbid or transgressive elements, bleak or hopeless situations or worlds, and the nature of evil, to name a few.

Example sub-genres of speculative fiction include dark sci-fi and dark fantasy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_fantasy). Examples of non-speculative include thriller and noir.

Who is this group for?

Writers of dark fiction in the Toronto area willing to participate and attend meetings.

Is dark fiction the same as horror?

No.

Does dark fiction have to be speculative?

No.

Is this the same group that used to be Toronto Horror Writers?

Yes.

Then, why the change?

The change was motivated to broaden both the group membership as well as breadth of work shared at meetings. While the horror genre is fairly niche and somewhat restrictive, the criteria for what constitutes dark fiction is wider and substantially more diverse (even including genres like black comedy).

If you think this group is for you but aren't sure, then the answer is probably "yes" and you should come out and see.

Upcoming events (2)

Drink & Write

The Queen Anne Restaurant and Bar

What: Drink & Write Who: Toronto Dark Fiction Authors Where: The Queen Anne Restaurant & Bar, 287 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1X1 (https://www.queenannerestaurantandbar.com/) When: Thursday, 7-10 PM How: Bring your laptop or other favourite writing implement and whatever you'd like to work on.

Readings & Feedback

Walrus Pub & Beer Hall

What: Readings & Feedback Where: Walrus Pub and Beer Hall, 187 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5L 1G51X1 (https://donnellygroup.ca/walrus/) When: Saturday, 5-8 PM How: Bring pieces to share if you'd like to read, with enough copies for everyone. 2000 words or less is ideal. If you'd like to just come to listen and/or provide feedback that's fine too.

Past events (112)

Drink & Write

The Queen Anne Restaurant and Bar

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