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Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award-winning author of three books of poetry, the short story collection Wave Forms and Doom Scrolls (Wolsak and Wynn), the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press), and the TEDx talk "Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life)." His short fiction, poetry, and films have earned a number of honours, including the Thomas Morton Prize for Fiction, the Matrix Lit Pop Award for Poetry, and Best Experimental Short at the Arizona Underground Film Festival. His short film adaptations of his stories "Humanity's Wing" and "Wave Form" have screened internationally. He teaches at the University of Toronto Scarborough.




Daniel Scott Tysdal is an award-winning teacher, an engaging reader, and an energizing and enlightening speaker. He has led numerous poetry and fiction workshops, organized community outreach courses, and delivered his one-of-a-kind lectures as a featured speaker at literary and academic events. For more details on workshops, readings, lectures, or consulations click here.

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"Just in case you don't already know this, you are seriously the best! I haven't met a teacher as passionate, caring and dedicated as yourself. The extra love and attention you give to your students and to your friends when they are in need is wonderful."

—former UTSC student


"Learning the tools of creative writing. Also Daniel’s personality. He made everyone feel comfortable and provided the right atmosphere to share thoughts and stories. Daniel always encouraged us."

—community outreach course student response to the question, "What motivated you to attend?"

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