Sister Writes is a creative writing and literacy program dedicated to the self-representation and artistic development of marginalized women in downtown Toronto. Through weekly workshops facilitated by professional women writers, participants learn creative writing skills, express their wisdom and lived experiences through storytelling, self-represent within the community, co-facilitate workshops, and collectively publish and launch a literary magazine.

Founded and facilitated by award winning writer Lauren Kirshner, Sister Writes has been hailed by The Toronto Star as a groundbreaking arts education program, and is the only free creative writing program for marginalized women in Toronto. Since 2010, Sister Writes has mounted over 300 creative writing workshops, with the support of our sponsors and numerous guest authors. Previous guests have included acclaimed novelists, memoirists, poets and journalists including Emily Pohl-Weary, Lisa Foad, Grace O'Connell, Andrea Thompson, Catherine Graham, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Bernice Eisenstein, Emily Keeler, Brooke Lockyer, Hoa Nguyen, Catherine Graham, and Ibi Kaslik.


The winter session of Sister Writes begins on January 13, and will run every Tuesday from 10 am - 12 noon at the Bloor-Gladstone Public Library. Space is limited and spots are allocated on a first come, first served basis. For further information or to register, write register@sisterwrites.com or call 416-926-9762 x 239. We look forward to hearing from you!

To read the latest Sister Writes magazine, click here.

To read a Toronto Star article about Sister Writes, click here.

Our website is under construction - please visit us again in January 2015 to view the new site, read and listen to stories, and find out more about the program.