Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of two books of poetry, The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010) and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006). Predicting received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007), the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006), and the John V. Hicks Award (2005). His work has appeared in wide range of literary journals, and earned him a number of honours, including honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards (2003) and the Matrix Lit Pop Award for Poetry (2010). His creative writing poetry textbook, The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Toronto Scarborough.



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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?"