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?


Does dark fiction have to be speculative?


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


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 (3)

One Shot Anthology #5 - MUTATION

Online event

Join us for tdotSpec's fifth "One-Shot" anthology! An intense writing event with a whole anthology crafted in less than 24 hours!

The meeting will be held on Discord, where we'll start the official clock together, and team up for writing sprints followed by optional feedback and edit exchanges.

The theme has not yet been decided. However, the vote for the theme is live. You can cast your vote for your favourite themes for this year's event here using the ranked voting system: https://www.myvote.io/contest/5720218853703680
You will need the voting code: TDOTSPEC2021

Once the winning theme is determined, you can go do all the brainstorming, researching, outlining, or any other preparation that you want--as long as the actual writing of the story is done after we officially start the clock.

If you have any questions please reach out to either myself or David via direct message. Looking forward to an amazing event and seeing y'all there!

This event is cross-posted with the Toronto Science Fiction & Fantasy (Toronto SFF) Writers Group: https://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Science-Fiction-and-Fantasy-Writers-Meetup/events/277394450/

Toronto Dark Fiction Writers - Writing Prompts

Online event

Let's come together and practice our writing skills with some writing prompt exercises! We'll play some prompt-based games and have an opportunity to share back what we create in the same meeting. Rough agenda: 6:50-7:00 Arrivals 7:00-7:45 Introduce Game 1, Writing + Reading 7:45-8:30 Introduce Game 2, Writing + Reading 8:30-9:00 Drinks, chatter, meeting adjourns This meeting will be held online via Discord and requires an account. You can register for one here: https://discord.com/register A link to the server will be sent closer to the time of the event. Any questions, please feel free to DM me. Looking forward!

Toronto Dark Fiction - Readings & Feedback

Online event

Resuming our regular readings and feedback in an online format. Bring pieces of your writing to share (read aloud to the group) for discussion and critique. In the interests of time please limit to a ~2000 word maximum. You will probably also want to share a copy of your work in an online format (Google Docs, Dropbox, etc.) if you'd like others to be able to follow along and/or provide non-verbal feedback.

This event will be held online via Discord in the #dark-fiction-writers text and voice channels. If you do not have a Discord account, you can sign up for one here:

The invite link will be posted in the comments 24hrs to the time of the meeting if you are not a member of the server.

Any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via direct message. Hope to (virtually) see you there!

Past events (146)


Online event

Photos (60)