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 importantly, 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

Rachel McCrum

Woman speaks passionately into microphone
photo credit: Michael Kovacs

RACHEL McCRUM is a poet, performer and workshop facilitator. Originally from Northern Ireland, she lived in Edinburgh, Scotland between 2010 and 2016. She was the first BBC Scotland Poet-in-Residence, and Broad of cult spoken word cabaret Rally & Broad. She has taught and performed in Greece, South Africa, Haiti, and Canada, and toured her first book ‘The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate’ (Freight Books) across Ireland, Scotland and England in 2017. She was the co-founder of Stewed Rhubarb Press (Callum MacDonald Award 2012). She is now delighted to call Montreal home, where she is co-Director of Mile End Poets’ Festival (with Ian Ferrier), Membership Coordinator of Quebec Writers’ Federation, and runs around with various poetry events including the bilingual series Les Cabarets Bâtards and – with Aaron Boothby – new summer Sunday evening series Breathing Space.

For more information: https://rachelmccrumpoetperformer.wordpress.com/

I like how the workshops give you empowerment through poetry because you feel that your voice is heard.

young author

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