Explore your literary voice in Black Pen, a 4-month intensive creative writing program emerging Black writers between the ages of 16-29. Facilitated by Whitney French, scholarly writer & editor, participants will deeply and authentically explore their passion and skill for writing, culminating in the creation of a published book distributed across the country in Winter 2022!
Register for this weekly program that will offer a space for writers to workshop, learn practical literary skills and embark on conversations on Black Canadian-Literature. Black Pen aims to embolden an understanding of how writing can be used to empower oneself and one’s community. While this program is open to all Black self-identifying writers in the GTA, space will be prioritized for applicants in the Oakwood Vaughan/Little Jamaica neighbourhood.
Black Pen workshops take place every Tuesday, online via Zoom starting Tuesday, May 18. All workshops will run from 6-8pm. These two-hour sessions are the meat of the program, where the facilitator offers space for writers to workshop, learn practical literary skills and embark on conversations.
Applications close on April 30th, 2021 at 11:59 pm. The program starts on May 18 and ends on August 3, and the book launch will be in Winter 2022.
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Whitney French is a storyteller and a multi-disciplinary artist. She is the editor of Black Writers Matter, a critically acclaimed anthology published by the University of Regina Press in 2019. Her writing has been published in Geist Magazine, Canthius Journal and The Quill and Quire and anthologized in Black Notes: Young Black Voices (2017) and The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (2010). Currently, she lives in Toronto, Canada where she works as an acquisitions editor for Dundurn Press.
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