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

Chris Masson

Chris Masson headshot

Chris Masson is a poet, performer, and educator currently based in Montreal, where he organizes poetry slams and teaches poetry workshops to youth with the Throw Poetry Collective and the Quebec Writers Federation Writers in the Community program. He has been featured on stages across the continent, and toured his one-man play “Pathos, Punchlines, and Painkillers” to various festivals. His work appears in the love letter anthology Where the Nights Are Twice As Long (Goose Lane 2015).

It exposed the kids to a form of writing they had not explored. It was creative and the kids loved that aspect, I think it helped build their confidence, especially reluctant writers, because Angela always pointed out what was good with their writing.

teacher, at Harrington Harbour - Cycle 2 & 3