Write It Workshops

A creative writing program focuses on improving the writing skills of children through fun, interactive activities through which participants are encouraged to find their voice and gain confidence in their choices as a writer.

The Write It Workshops are intended for youth in grades 4-8, with a minimum of 4 participants recommended for group activities. Each workshop is 60 minutes in length. Developed by an Ontario Certified Teacher with over 20 years of experience in education, the program is approved by the Toronto Public Library System.

In 2019, we delivered an average of 80 writing workshops. If your local public library would like to deliver these engaging workshops that inspire creativity and build the confidence of young writers, please fill out Request A Workshop.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily cancelling our in-person writing workshops. Therefore we will be hosting virtual workshops. Check the schedule and sign up to receive an invitation to register.

THERE ARE 5 WORKSHOPS IN THIS SERIES

Brainstorm Bonanza

The purpose of this workshop is to teach participants how to brainstorm story ideas effectively.

Mixed Bag Mayhem

The purpose of this workshop is to teach participants about the importance of characters and character development in storylines.

Plotline Play-By-Play

The purpose of this workshop is to teach participants about the role of plot structure in stories.

Details! Details!

The purpose of this workshop is to show participants how descriptive details enhance stories and engage readers through elements that stimulate the senses and add interest.

Stay on Track

The purpose of this workshop is to show participants how an effective story has the main idea that readers can follow from the beginning through to its conclusion.

What parent and volunteers are saying

Sarah and Colin absolutely loved the writing workshop. Thank you so much for offering the workshop. They looked forward to the class each day, and I have enjoyed hearing about their stories from the week. Truly, it was the high point of their March Break, and we are all very grateful to you.

Sylvia McGeer - Mother of Sarah and Colin

The Write-it-Workshop experience was one that exposed the potential and genuine talent of young students and future writers. From seeing the kids so passionate about writing and with such a deft grasp and understanding of their creative ideas and words, it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to direct this talent. Hearing their out-of-the-box and off the wall ideas truly made the entire experience worth it.

Safaa Ali - KW4K Winner and Volunteer

The Write It Workshop provided an excellent experience in learning how to work with children. It seems that you learn as much from the children as they learn from you! One of my favourite parts of the workshop was on the last day, when we collectively wrote silly stories: it really showed the creativity inside everyone and we all had a good laugh.

Grace Feng - High School Student Volunteer

I have loved reading for as long as I can remember and I started getting into writing a couple years ago. They are both such great outlets for encouraging and honing creativity. I had a truly amazing time helping to improve these skills in younger children with the Write-it-Workshop. They are brilliant kids with awesome ideas and I hope they continue to share their stories with the world.

Claire Gilchrist Churcher - High School Student Volunteer