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.

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Registration Now Open for Spring 2019 Writing Workshop

Sister Writes is now accepting new registrants for The Writing Workshop beginning in late May 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, and… Read more

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Sister Writes Wins ArtsBridges Award

We’re delighted to announce that Sister Writes is the recipient of a 2018 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… Read more

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Sister Writes in The Star and CBC.com

Sister Writes is in the media! In the past two weeks, The Star and CBC.com have published wonderful stories about the program — the Writing Workshop and the Jessie’s program respectively. You can find out more about our program at Jessie’s here. If you’re interested in joining the Writing Workshop, we… Read more

About Sister Writes

Sister Writes is the annual literary magazine of the Sister Writes program. Written, published, and launched by participants every January, 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.

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Perfectionists

Writing Tips for Perfectionists

“Writing is a muscle that needs to be exercised!” I’m not sure who came up with that inspiring little tidbit, but they obviously didn’t take into account the number of canceled gym memberships out there. When you’re a perfectionist, the thought of writing on a daily basis can feel overwhelming.… Read more

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How to Establish a Writing Routine If You Haven’t Written in a Long Time

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.

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Timing

The book fell off my shelf and into my hands last month. It was a novel my sister read and passed to me in 2002. That was a tough year. I was newly separated from my partner, had lost my beloved Bluey whom I’d raised from a kitten, and I… Read more

How to just write

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

“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