The Toronto Writers Collective uses writing as a tool to encourage voice, connect people, and promote individual and community well-being.
The Toronto Writers Collective inspires and empowers the unheard through writing
The Toronto Writers Collective promotes an inclusive city that celebrates diversity and honours the lives of all of its citizens. We support the transformational power of being heard.
The Toronto Writers Collective provides free creative writing workshops for those deprived of voice in our society. Writing with others in an atmosphere of dignity and acceptance, participants discover the value of their own stories.
Everyone is a writer, regardless of prior writing experience and formal education;
Through encouragement and support, people grow as writers;
In the unique creative genius of every voice;
Each person’s experience provides a wealth of inspiration as a writer and an artist;
In creating a non-judgmental, open and respectful community where all writers support and
deeply listen to each other and take risks and grow as writers;
Each person, through writing, can shape and influence the lives of others; and
We can achieve social change by offering opportunity and encouragement for all writers, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, sexual orientation and physical ability.
Established as a non-profit corporation in 2012, the Toronto Writers Collective has trained over two dozen volunteer writing workshop facilitators in the TWC method designed specifically to encourage expression in marginalized communities, and inspired by the Amherst Writers and Artist Method with a 40 year history of transformational writing. We have established 12 on-going writing workshops in shelters and community centers reaching out to Indigenous communities, the homeless, youth at risk, those with mental illness, abused women, the LGBTTIQA community, and those in conflict with the law. We also publish our workshop participants’ writing on-line on the TWC’s Great Powerful Stories (GPS) Blog and organize public readings of their work.
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To learn how you can get involved, Contact TWC today.