Encouraging Voice, Empowering the Unheard

The TWC is pleased to announce that it is expanding to MISSISSAUGA/BRAMPTON/CALEDON. We are looking for volunteers to be trained as workshop facilitators for Write Around Mississauga.

A wonderful and enriching opportunity awaits you by joining our volunteer community, which provides the important work of finding and encouraging voice in others – and yourself.

The TWC inspires and empowers vulnerable and equity-seeking individuals through expressive writing workshops. Our goal is to use our unique model and training, to empower them to create strong and dignified identities. By writing and sharing stories in a safe and inclusive environment, writers realize the power of their words, often for the first time. We believe that everyone has a unique and creative voice and support the transformational power of being heard.

With support from the Hazel McCallion Fund for Arts, Culture and Heritage at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, the Write Around Mississauga program will develop links to organizations who share our goals and train facilitators to provide equitable access to a resource that reflects the cultures and creativity that is hidden in our diverse communities.

Volunteer facilitators are the core of our organization. We provide free writing workshops in shelters, community centres and social service agencies across the city. Partner organizations serve a diverse clientele, including the homeless and underhoused, the 2SLGBTQQIA, Indigenous and immigrant communities, youth, and women at risk. Mental health issues, poverty and recovery from addiction can be found in all groups.

Facilitators provide workshop prompts (poems, quotes, exercises) to inspire creativity. There is no hierarchy. Facilitators write and share their stories with other participants. Feedback is positive and supportive.

The TWC devotes significant resources to training our volunteers, and the program is comprehensive.

All participants must attend the full 2 1/2-days of training and commit to facilitating one ten-week session within the following year, although we hope the experience is so enriching that you will continue.

This program includes: 1) a full weekend of training; 2) attending meetings of workshop facilitators; and 3) regular correspondence with the Program Manager. Graduating facilitators will work with experienced facilitators and co-facilitate at workshops shortly after their training is completed. Workshops are for 1½ – 2 hours per week at host locations. We provide ongoing support and supervision to ensure that the workshop experience is positive and successful for all writers, facilitators and agency partners.

We look forward to welcoming you as one of our valued Write Around Mississauga facilitators. To find out more about participating in the Write Around Mississauga program, become a TWC facilitator or sponsoring organization contact Susan Ksiezopolski: [email protected]