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Malvern’s Young Creatives Open House!
For the past few weeks I’ve been working with Diaspora Dialogues and a group of great young creative writers over at the Malvern Public Library in Scarborough. These fantastic young people have been doing six weeks of graphic novel, fiction and poetry writing that will all come together in an open house at the library on Thursday, August 7 at 5:30 pm. Congratulations to these talented young writers! The press release is below.
Malvern’s Young Creatives Young writing talent nurtured at Malvern Branch
In July, Diaspora Dialogues and Toronto Public Library - Malvern Branch partnered to present a free series of creative writing workshops for neighbourhood youth. Six weeks of amazing creative work will culminate in a celebratory “wrap” party and reading on August 7 at 5:30 pm!
The program was split into three sections - graphic novel writing facilitated by Jibola Fagbamiye and Ian Fleming; fiction writing facilitated by Stacey May Fowles; and poetry/spoken word facilitated by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard.
“It was really fantastic and fun to facilitate these workshops. It was clear from the minute I walked into the library that these young writers have tons of creativity and skill,” says Fowles, author of the novel Be Good and publisher of Shameless Magazine. “They each had imaginative ideas and they worked really hard to see their stories through. I’m really thankful for the opportunity to be around so much talent.”
The party/reading on August 7 will feature each of the facilitators presenting their own work in the art form they do best — plus some readings of brand-new work by the youth themselves!
WHAT: Malvern Youth Creative Writing Project wrap party and reading WHEN: Thursday, August 7 at 5:30 pm WHERE: Malvern Branch, 30 Sewells Road (Neilson & Sheppard East) COST: Free
Diaspora Dialogues supports the creation and presentation of new fiction, poetry and drama that reflect the complexity of the city through the eyes of its richly diverse writers. For more information, visit www.diasporadialogues.com. Diaspora Dialogues is supported by The Maytree Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.