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.

Registration Open for Fall 2019 Workshop

Sister Writes is now accepting new registrants for The Writing Workshop beginning in late September 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

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

Poetry or Prose?

“Poetry looks like a wrinkled old woman hunched over in a chair tapping her cane as she contemplates the end of a journey, perhaps she glistens with tears at the journey well done. Prose has a tendency to be long winded meandering joyfully to the waterfall,” says award-winning Cree poet,… 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.


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

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.


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

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

“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