We here at Shameless are big fans of the Parkdale Street Writers, a fantastic forum for youth writers (some of which we’ve been very lucky to reprint in the magazine). And a new set of workshops are about to begin. In addition to workshops with some amazing Toronto artists, participants get to try their hand at a wide range of creative writing, including comics, lyrics, poetry, video narratives and storytelling.
Full deets from PSW co-ordinator Emily Pohl-Weary:
Are you 16-25 years old? Do you keep a blog or journal? Constantly update your Facebook page? Write super-long e-mails? Make up stories, films, rants, video game ideas, lyrics and/or poems in your head? Love to read and talk about books?
Why not join the…
Parkdale Street Writers
Work directly with: Clifton Joseph (dub poet and CBC personality), Mariko Tamaki (graphic novelist, Skim and Emiko Superstar), Mindbender (hip hop M.C. and journalist), Dale Jarvis (storyteller and ghost story writer), Kristyn Dunnion, (author of Moshpit and Big Big Sky), Stro1 (street artist and videographer), Willow Dawson (graphic novelist, 100 Mile House and No Girls Allowed), Jean Yoon (actor, poet and playwright), Emily Pohl-Weary (author of A Girl Like Sugar and Strange Times at Western High)
What will we do?
• Write about real life
• Produce song lyrics and poems
• Create your own comics
• Interview people
• Read/write film scripts
• Find and make art
• Publish your work
• Get advice from professionals
• Choose other kinds of writing
Parkdale Library (basement auditorium)
1303 Queen Street West, Toronto
Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.
Starts November 3rd, 2009 – but join anytime!
Participants must be 16-25 years old. Workshops are free, but please register! All supplies and snacks are provided for participants. TTC tickets available for people coming from outside the neighborhood.
Contact Emily Pohl-Weary (coordinator) to register and get more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-779-1448.
(Generously sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Diaspora Dialogues and the Toronto Public Library.)