Write by the Water

July 4 – July 25

This July, Lakeshore Arts is proud to announce a new creative writing series called Write by the Water. This 4-part workshop series is designed for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) creative youths and adults, ages 16 years of age to 65 and older, to express themselves through storytelling and the written word. This workshop series is facilitated by storyteller and multi-disciplinary artist, Whitney French.

This series will invite BIPOC writers of all kinds to explore new works or fine-tune works in progress, in a safe and inspirational environment while being mentored and coached by an industry professional.

Join other writers as we gather every Thursday to strengthen your writing skills and share our stories. With the support of professional writer and arts-educator Whitney French, participants focus in on their works-in-progress with feedback from a diligent instructor and caring community. All levels, disciplines and genres welcome!

Registration is now closed. If you have any questions please email communityprograms@lakeshorearts.ca. 

About the Artist

Whitney French is a writer, storyteller and arts-educator. Her writing has been published in Quill and Quire, Geist, Descant Magazine, CBCbooks.ca and anthologized in The Black Notes: Fresh Writing From Black Women and Girls (2017) and The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (2010).

Whitney is also the founder and co-editor of the nation-wide publication From the Root Zine and the founder of the workshop series Writing While Black: an initiative to develop a community of Black writers.

Her latest project Black Writers Matter is an anthology of creative non-fiction that was published through the University of Regina Press, February 2019.

Brief Overview of Write by the Water:

Week OneWe will explore the reasons why we write, what stories are important to us, and develop a writing routine.
Week TwoWe will understand how to give and receive feedback, explore which writers inspire us, and talk about our specific projects.
Week ThreeWe will learn skills about character, plot and setting; identity what makes our writing stronger, and offer feedback to each other for the first time!
Week FourWe will learn skills about theme and writing style, gain resources on how we share our stories with the world, and close with a final feedback session.

This workshop series is for creatives such as authors, playwrights, poets, rappers, and singers.

Write by the Water – BIPOC Creative Writing Workshops Series
Date: Thursdays July 4 – 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Location: Lakeshore Art Community Project Space
Cost: Pay-What-You-Can, with a suggested contribution of $15