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Sister Writes

Since 2010, Sister Writes has built community around stories. Through creative writing workshops, public arts events, and literary magazines, we strive to empower women, provide mentorship, and inspire the community with vital stories about women’s lives.

  • Status:
    Non-profit, Program 
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  • Arts Focus:
    Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    Sister Writes provides an artistically empowering and participatory creative writing program for women affected by homelessness, underhousing, trauma, mental health issues and addictions, and women who face extraordinary circumstances or life transitions. Through the support of our sponsors and the assistance of our guest writers, Sister Writes offers a range of hands-on programming that is free and inclusive: The Writing Workshop; The Mentorship Program; and our Community Program, which brings one-off creative writing workshops to women’s agencies across Toronto.

    Since 2010, our longest running program, The Writing Workshop, has provided over 300 free creative writing workshops in the community for budding women writers, and published seven literary magazines. Our guest workshop leaders have included acclaimed authors, poets, and journalists.

    Every year, Sister Writes participants publish a literary journal, Sister Writes, and launch it at a public community event or exhibition.These events provide participants with a chance to share their important stories at large. For the community, they are celebrations of literary culture and a chance for people from all walks of life to meet and engage through story.

    Empowering, inclusive, and hands on, Sister Writes is dedicated to the principle of breaking down barriers to arts, one story at a time. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Sister Writes is a creative writing and literacy program dedicated to honouring the wisdom and experiences of women in downtown Toronto. Founded by writer Lauren Kirshner in 2010, with the support of Sistering, a drop-in center empowering ordinary women in extraordinary situations, Sister Writes provides women with the opportunity to work with professional women writers, develop creative potential, hone literary and leadership skills, receive mentorship, and build self-esteem. Hailed by The Toronto Star as a groundbreaking program, Sister Writes is one-of-a-kind in Toronto. 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Lauren Kirshner, Founding Creative Director 
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  • Address:
    962 Bloor Street West
    Toronto, ON  M6H 1L6 

Last updated on 2017-10-03 12:01:17. Submitted by: Sister Writes