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 the inequalities they face due to the devaluation of women’s labour – often go unspoken.
We wanted to change that. Sister Writes’ The Work Issue illuminates the hidden experiences and contributions of women working in Toronto’s service industry. With over 22 stories by women workers in various industries, this issue is our biggest and boldest yet.
This issue was two years in the making. In 2017 and 2018, Sister Writes mounted free creative writing workshops at the Bloor-Gladstone library where work was a thematic focus. Facilitators invited women to reflect on their experiences of work, learn techniques from professional writers, and write narratives. Then, each writer went through a professional editorial process to polish their stories for publication. The final stage was designing and producing this magazine.
This issue of Sister Writes makes women’s stories of work its central focus. The writers in this magazine are all former or current Sister Writes participants. All live in Toronto, but over half were born in other cities or countries. For many, this is this is their first professional publication. The Work Issue launched at Burdock on November 19, 2019. Stay tuned for the excerpts from the magazine…coming soon.