Encouraging Voice, Empowering the Unheard

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION – Write Around Mississauga Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The Toronto Writers Collective to facilitate a writing workshop as part of the TWC’s creative writing workshops. We provide creative writing workshops throughout the GTA to vulnerable communities. By creating a community of writers from all economic backgrounds, races, ages and sexual orientations, we encourage people to gain confidence and a stronger sense of self, find and expand their voices and discover the value of their own stories.

Volunteer workshop facilitators are required to participate in our extensive training and support program. This program includes: 1) a full weekend of training; 2) attending meetings of workshop facilitators; and 3) regular correspondence with the Program Manager and the Write Around Mississauga program Lead, Graduating facilitators will work with experienced facilitators and co-facilitate at workshops shortly after their training is completed.

Workshops are held for 1 ½ – 2 hours per week at locations throughout Mississauga.

Our next training session will be scheduled for end of September /early October (location to be confirmed). The training is a full weekend: Friday from 7 to 10 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 PM.

Space is limited, so not everyone who applies to volunteer will be accepted. Preference will be given to those with:
1. Availability to facilitate
2. Experience in writing groups of some sort;
3. A history of community involvement;
4. Ties to the community they propose to serve;
5. Facilitation, leadership or teaching experience; and,
6. a commitment to and understanding of TWC’s philosophy of creating a respectful and positive environment where people can write and share their stories.

Please answer each of the questions on the following pages as fully and concisely as possible. Feel free to attach additional sheets of paper as necessary. MSWord APPLICATION

Thanks again for your interest.