Are you interested in creative writing? Do you want to learn a new skill during the pandemic?
Join Write to Discover, INKspire’s free, four-week online writing workshop for youth (ages 15-19) in Toronto to uncover and master their creative writing skills.
Workshops start in February 2021. The deadline to apply is on January 24th, 2021.
Write to Discover will provide young writers with a safe and supportive space where they can learn to express themselves through creative writing.
In small groups, you will explore how to use different forms of creative writing to share your experiences.1
We will provide one-on-one coaching to help you take your creative writing to the next level!2
Earn up to $50 while we help you publish your work. Share your work with your community at our virtual gala.3
We will mail you a physical copy of the workshop materials, and some goodies that inspire your creativity.4
Get to know other young writers who have shared interests and experiences!
Find and develop your own personal writing voice, as well as your unique gifts as a writer!
Come away from our program with a collection of reviewed and edited creative writing pieces!
Director of The Young Writers' Lab
Lisa Metrikin is a fiction writer and the director of The Young Writers' Lab. Her work has been published in Cimarron Review, Sycamore Review, The Humber Literary Review, The Louisville Review, and elsewhere, and has been longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize. She has taught creative writing at the elementary, high school, and university levels. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, where she was Editor in Chief of The Brooklyn Review.
Write to Discover is open to youth ages 15-19, who live in areas and suburbs of Toronto and within the GTA. Priority will be given to youth living in Regent Park and who self-identify as a member of the following groups: women, visible minorities, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2+ 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 January 24th, 2021 at 11:59PM.
Workshops will be held once a week for 4 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.