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.
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Meet the writer-facilitators
Roen Higgins is an award-winning spoken word poet, educator, and speaker. As the founder of The Elevated Creative, her mission is to elevate others through creative literacy and help get them unstuck and tap into their genius zone. She is dedicated to planting the seed that creativity should be fostered, valued, and celebrated at home and school. Dubbed as Blu’Rva, Roen is known as a repeat winner in the scene of improv & slam poetry and has performed from local stages to festival du monde as an independent artist. She is a long-time member of The Poets Tree and Kalmunity Vibe Collective. Roen is a graduate of Human Relations and Family Life Education from Concordia University. Her creative contributions were recognized by the Black Theatre Workshop with the Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award (2012).
Featured in CBC Arts online series (2021) and the poetry anthology Talking Book (2006, Cumulus Press).