Unleash your
inner creativity

Are you interested in creative writing? Do you want to learn more about poetry/spoken word, short stories and screenwriting? 

Join Write to Discover, INKspire’s free virtual creative writing program for youth (ages 15-24) to uncover and master creative writing skills. 

Screenwriting workshops start in April 2022. The deadline to apply is on March 20th, 2022 (now extended to March 31st).

About the Program

Write to Discover will provide young writers with a safe and supportive space where they can learn to express themselves through creative writing.

Learn how to share your story

In small groups, you will explore how to use different forms of creative writing to share your experiences.

1

Get personalized coaching

We will provide one-on-one coaching to help you take your creative writing to the next level!

2

Publish and showcase your work

Earn up to $50 while we help you publish your work. Share your work at our virtual gala.

3

Receive a writer care package

We will mail you a physical copy of the workshop materials, and some goodies that inspire your creativity.

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Workshop Series

Workshop 1

Fundamentals of Poetry

Learn how to apply sound, syntax, meters and poetic devices.

Workshop 2

Art of Writing Poetry

Learn tips to start writing your first poem.

Workshop 3

Spoken Word

Learn how to perform spoken word and free-verse poetry.

Workshop 4

Arts for Social Change

Explore how poetry can drive social change.

Workshop 5

Poetry Slam

This is the fun part: celebrate your work with peers, family members and friends.

Workshop 1

Basics of Short Stories

Learn the main elements and different forms of short stories.

Workshop 2

Focus: Plot

Learn how to shape a story using narrative arc, conflict, climax and resolution.

Workshop 3

Focus: Character

Explore how to create characters and use dialogue in your story.

Workshop 4

Finding Your Voice

Discover your signature style through language, dialogue, setting, structure and time.

Workshop 5

Virtual Gala

This is the fun part: celebrate your work with peers, family members and friends.

Workshop 1

Screenwriting Primer

Learn the basics of storytelling for the screen and of formatting a screenplay.

Workshop 2

Evolving Your Screenwriting Practice

Take your screenwriting to the next level by fine tuning your character and dialogue creation skills.

Workshop 3

Short Story Intensive

Immerse yourself in the world of short story writing and experience the benefits of a workshop setting.

Workshop 4

Writing for a Career

Embark on a journey to learn about the qualities of a successful professional writer.

Workshop 5

Table Read

This is the fun part: celebrate your work with peers, family members and friends.

What You'll Gain

A Community

Get to know other young writers who have shared interests and experiences!

Your Voice

Find and develop your own personal writing voice, as well as your unique gifts as a writer!

New Writing

Come away from our program with a collection of reviewed and edited creative writing pieces!

Mentor

Janet Rose Nguyen

Writer-in-Residence

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FAQs

Write to Discover is open to youth ages 15-24. Priority will be given to youth living in Regent Park and within the Greater Toronto Area and who self-identify as a member of the following groups: women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and people with disabilities.

Absolutely! Anyone can participate, as long as you are interested and excited to learn!

The deadline to apply is on March 20th, 2022 at 11:59PM (now extended to March 31st).

Workshops will be held once a week for 6 weeks, and each session will be 2 hours in length. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet with a writing mentor for 1 hour/week to work on getting your work published.

The workshops will be held virtually over Zoom, which provides an option to dial-in using your phone. To make sure that the program is accessible to everyone, we will provide a writer care package via mail, which will include instructional materials that you can refer to without the need for a computer.

Excellent question! Through a series of workshops, we hope to bring you on a journey of knowledge and creativity, where you will learn the fundamentals of creative writing and nurture your own unique artistic voice. Through our one-on-one mentorship program, we will help you apply lessons from the workshop series so you can work towards becoming a published author.

Workshop groups will be kept small to ensure that you can connect closely with your peers and workshop facilitators. You will have ample opportunity to share your written work and receive support and feedback from your writing group, as well as comment on the work of your peers and collaborate on interactive workshop activities.