WiC at a glance

QWF’s Writers in the Community program pairs small groups of young people with a professional writer or literary performance artist who can teach them and, more important, motivate them, to use language to express themselves in productive ways. In each project, a writer-facilitator works with a small group for 10 weeks, teaching them language tools, giving them writing prompts, and ultimately, boosting their self-confidence by showing them that they are capable of producing literary work of value.

Recent projects

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Meet the writer-facilitators

Ryan Barnett

Ryan is a creative producer and writer. Over the past 10 years, he has created thousands of minutes of bilingual video and podcast programming for the cultural and education sectors. His work has been installed in museums, featured on CTV, CBC television and radio, in The Globe & Mail, National Post, Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic, and dozens of other publications. Ryan is currently writing a graphic novel based on the work and life of silent screen star Buster Keaton. His non-fiction writing has been published by Firefly Books in North America and Éditions Glénat in Europe. 

Website: knockaboutmedia.com

The students really enjoyed writing the haikus and publishing them in a book. The author made the content interesting and at a level for the early primary students.

teacher, at Harrington Harbour - Pre-K, Cycle 1 & 2

Program sponsors

We would also like to express our gratitude to the following sponsors, without whom the Writers in the Community program would not be possible