Welcome to 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.

The Work Issue Launches!

The Work Issue is now out! You can pick up a copy in bookstores across Canada. In the coming months, we’ll be posting stories here, too. From hotel housekeepers to restaurant cooks, bar waitresses to retail workers, women in Toronto’s service industry perform essential work. But their experiences – and… Read more

Winter 2020 Workshop – Registration is Now Open

Sister Writes is now accepting new registrants for The Writing Workshop beginning in late January 2020. As the longest running Sister Writes program, The Writing Workshop is for women who love to write.

Why Women’s Work?

Sister Writes launched the Work Issue on November 19, 2019, at a packed event at Burdock in Toronto. Why did we devote an entire issue to women’s work? Women’s work is unique because it is not always clearly defined.  There tends to be more emphasis on paid labour, rather than… Read more

About Sister Writes

Sister Writes is the annual literary magazine of the Sister Writes program. Written, published, and launched by participants every year at a public community event, each volume of Sister Writes is filled with stories about women’s experiences, plus original photography and artwork.

Want to read a back issue of Sister Writes? Our entire catalogue is archived! Click here to read our magazines.

Blog

How to Establish a Writing Routine

We need many things to become productive writers, such as inspiration, creativity, dedication, and an open mind. However, the most important and indispensable thing that a writer needs is a writing routine.

How to Just Write

Welcome to the Sister Writes blog. My name is Cindy and I’ve been a participant of Sister Writes since 2013. I’m delighted to now be taking the role of Sister Writes Blogger-in-Residence. Over the next few months, at least once a week, I’ll be posting about the joys and challenges of writing.… Read more

Sister Writes Wins Award

We’re delighted to announce that Sister Writes is the recipient of an Arts Bridges Award for Remarkable Achievement in Community Arts. The Award recognizes the contributions Sister Writes has made over the past nine years to community arts and creative writing programming in the community. It’s wonderful to receive this recognition… Read more

How to Recognize and Honour Your Truth as a Writer

Each time I write, I picture an audience. Sometimes it’s the general public, other times it’s a team of Archeologists who unearth my notebook thousands of years from now. Do I worry what conclusions they might draw about me, or the people of our time based on my love of… Read more

“If you say what’s on your mind in the language that comes from your parents and your streets and your friends, you’ll probably say something beautiful.”

Grace Paley

“If you say what’s on your mind in the language that comes from your parents and your streets and your friends, you’ll probably say something beautiful.”

Grace Paley