Sister Writes offers three sessions per year: fall, winter, and spring. Each session runs for 12 weeks and takes place at the Gladstone branch of The Toronto Public Library. Our sessions are usually on Tuesday mornings, for two hours. We provide all supplies – notebooks, the program reader, pens, and pencils – as well as tokens and snacks to keep energy high. We open registration six weeks before the start of each session. So, in August, we begin accepting registration for the session starting in September. Registration is on a first-come first served basis.
Our workshops are designed for all levels. Through instruction, guided exercises, group activities, and heaps of hands-on practice, you’ll learn fundamentals of fiction and memoir writing, including topics such as voice, style, character, plot, and setting. We’ll also pay close attention to language and vocabulary, with mini workshops along the way on grammar and usage. Overall, in the session you can expect to:
- Practice writing in a variety of styles, with confidence
- Explore writing in various styles, on the way to discovering your personal writing style
- Write poems, stories, short articles, personal essays, narratives, memoir and much more
- Meet and work with professional authors, poets, and journalists
- Produce a saddle stitched magazine
- Organize a public magazine launch
By the end of the session, you’ll have completed one short story, lots of short, short stories (flash fiction) and have given and received feedback in a supportive and constructive workshop setting.
Here’s what a few participants have said about Sister Writes:
“Sister Writes was the opportunity I’ve been waiting for all my life. This might sound like a cliché, but I honestly feel it. It’s a blessing having a safe environment with people whose aims are the same as yours.” -Maria
“I doubt that I would have been able to explore and learn more about writing if I didn’t have the opportunity at Sister Writes. This experience has helped me grow on a personal level as well as professionally.” -Erin
“Sister Writes has been an amazing program, and the highlight of my week. The readings, free write prompts, and advice and encouragement have helped me grow as a writer and as a woman.” -Margot
Being in a group that is all women that has a feminist perspective is very helpful for me…I feel that I have been give a secret gift that everyone would want if they knew how good Sister Writes is.” -Cynthia