It’s not always easy to prioritize honesty over the imagined opinions of your reader.
Did you know that Sister Writes has been publishing magazines for nine 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. Love. Heartbreak. Work. Grief. Friendship. Love. What these stories have… Read more
“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
The Arts Bridges Award recognizes our contributions to building inclusive participatory arts programs.
“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
Come listen to Sister Writes participants from Jessie’s, The June Callwood Centre for Young Mothers, read stories about motherhood, love, life, and growing up.
Without a routine, it’s hard to make writing a regular habit; without a routine, it’s hard to steadily produce writing and get better at it.
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 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
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
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
“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