Sister Writes

Stories Of Hope And Healing

A creative writing and literacy program dedicated to honouring the wisdom and lived experience of marginalized women in downtown Toronto.

A Collaborative Creative Writing Program

Founded by writer Lauren Kirshner in 2010 with the support of Sistering, Sister Writes offers a collaborative creative writing program for women impacted by homelessness, precarious housing, trauma, mental health issues and addiction. Participants work with professional women writers to tell their stories. They develop creative potential, hone literary and leadership skills, receive mentorship and build self-esteem. Hailed by The Toronto Star as a groundbreaking program, Sister Writes is one-of-a-kind in Toronto.

Through the support of sponsors and the assistance of guest writers, Sister Writes offers a range of free, inclusive, hands-on programming including the Writing Workshop, the Mentorship Program and the newly-launched Outreach Program to bring one-off creative writing workshops to women’s agencies across Toronto.

Since 2010, the Writing Workshop has provided over 300 free creative writing workshops in the community for budding women writers, and published seven literary magazines. Guest workshop leaders have included acclaimed authors, poets, and journalists.

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Sister Writes Magazine

Sister Writes is the program’s annual magazine. Written, published and launched by participants every January, each volume is filled with stories about women’s experiences, plus original photography and artwork.

To browse through the digital archive, which includes all of the program’s publications from 2010 to the current issue, click here