GOOD is a member-based workshop studio for
writers and other independent creative workers who want to
do good work + live good lives.
Our programming, which includes workshops, intensives, retreats, classes, co-working sessions, and one-on-one creative consults, is organized into two departments: the Dept. for Writers and the Dept. for Independent Creative Workers, which includes writers and other kinds of artists. We also host community events that are designed to nurture the community that gather in our space.
This is us, Jill Margo + Andrew Templeton. We founded GOOD together, but we're also partner-partners, not just business partners. And we're both writers.
Jill writes mostly creative nonfiction these days, though the last thing she had published was a short story in The Walrus. She's been shortlisted for a Western Magazine Award and The Malahat Review's Long Poem Prize, and long-listed for CBC Canada Writes Creative Nonfiction Prize. She's also one of the contributors for the New York Times bestseller, Women In Clothes. She has over ten years of experience in literary admin, including as curator and host of two renowned reading series, and as the executive director of the Victoria School of Writing.
Andrew calls himself a "recovering playwright" because he's moved on to screenwriting and science fiction after years in theatre. He's had eleven plays and one musical produced in the UK, Vancouver, and Toronto and has been twice-nominated for the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script. His short screenplay was one of the winners of Crazy 8's in 2011. He's also written about the performing arts for The Canadian Theatre Review; The Vancouver Courier; and Plank Magazine.
So it kind of makes sense that we've joined forces.
To learn more about the philosophy behind our programming and more details on our two departments, please head to our Start Here page.
GOOD is located at storefront-level, but tucked away down a tree-lined courtyard on the edge of the Chinatown District in Victoria, BC.
Picture a private coffee shop (we even make a nice Canadiano) with a warm rustic-industrial feel.
Everything at GOOD centres around a big rustic table that we built ourselves (and can be magically turned into four tables for different configurations).
GOOD was an epic DIY project all round, from designing and painting the space, to building furniture and countertops, to upcycling almost a dozen chairs from thrift stores and hand lettering signs. Plus, we were lucky enough to have help from family and friends who are better at climbing ladders, driving, and operating some power tools than we are.
Fun fact: GOOD is a live/work space. Most people don't usually realize that we live here. It's like we're the shopkeepers above the shop, only our private rooms are above and below the main studio.
FOOD + DRINK
All our workshops and events are catered, which means it's very likely that cake will be involved because, well, cake.
We make a conscious effort to combine modest indulgences (the aforementioned cake) with fresh, healthy ingredients that are delicious and nourishing.
We can accommodate most special dietary needs, excluding serious allergies.