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Jessie’s Launch!

Our magazine launch for Sister Writes 3.1 is coming up on Monday January 21 from 5-7 pm at the We Global Learning Centre at 339 Queen Street East. Come listen to Sister Writes participants from Jessie’s, The June Callwood Centre for Young Mothers, read  stories about motherhood, love, life, and… Read more

Registration Open for Winter 2019

Sister Writes is now accepting new registrants for The Writing Workshop beginning in late January 2019. As the longest running Sister Writes program, The Writing Workshop is for women who love to write. Through the program, participants learn valuable literacy and writing skills, hone their voices as writers, share stories,… Read more

There is No “Right” Way

It is a challenge to sit and think not on writing as a product, a completed manuscript, poem, or prose piece, but as a process in and of itself. Countless have tried to lay out a “formula” or mode which they believe all can use to create a great piece… Read more

Sister Writes at Jessie’s

Sister Writes was founded over eight years ago to facilitate the expression of women who have faced barriers to participation in the arts. For the last eight years, we’ve had the pleasure of working closely with participants from over 25 countries from the ages of 18 to 78. Since 2010,… Read more

Six Years of Magazines

Did you know that Sister Writes has been publishing magazines for eight years? With at least ten stories per issue, that’s almost 100 original stories. We have been awed by the range of experiences these stories tell. Motherhood. Addiction. Homelessness. Falling in Love. Out of Love. Work. Grief. Friendship. Love.… Read more

The Muse

For the longest time I was unclear about the term “muse.” What did it mean to have a muse and did I have one? I felt as a writer, that I should know this instinctively, but I didn’t and it seemed an embarrassing question to ask. So I did some… Read more

To the Library and Archives of Canada!

Sister Writes is excited about a new step in the evolution of our literary magazine: we are now part of the permanent collections at the Library and Archives of Canada! Earlier this year, we applied for and got an ISSN number, which recognizes us as a professional magazine publication in Canada.… Read more

Poetry as Bestseller

“my heart woke me crying last night how can i help i begged my heart said write the book.” This is a quotation from the flyleaf of Canadian poet and artist Rupi Kaur’s collection, milk and honey. Kaur’s writing is raw, stripped bare, sounding as if her heart is beating out the rhythm… Read more

Belgian Waffles

I’ve been struggling with focus these last few weeks. The images that march through my mind are like a series of blurry photographs. People’s faces are indistinct; colours bleed into each other. Fuzzy image writing is unclear. The sentences read like those in a travel brochure- sanitized for as large… Read more