We believe that creative writing fosters self-determination. Our mission is two-fold: to hold a space for writers and to bring that work to a wider audience.
We offer writing support via workshops, editing and discussion to writers of the Downtown Eastside. When courses are running we meet every Thursday from 2-4pm; classes are free and people are welcome to drop-in. Members represent all levels of literacy but have one thing in common- an urge to tell a story.
Since our inception in the spring of 2008, we have had 150 participants join us. Classes are packed with 20 writers who are hungry for writing prompts and eager to share their work. While everyone is welcome, preference at a place at the table is given to residents of the neighbourhood.
Six courses have culminated in the launch of a chapbook anthology of work. Chapbooks are small books with fewer than 45 pages printed by the writer or an indie press. Some chapbooks are simple photocopied printouts while others include original artwork, handstitching and artisan paper. Our books are archived in the National Library of Canada and sold in bookstores.