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This is a hands-on style workshop for anyone who’s wanted to run a workshop but doesn’t know where to start. Building on our writing strengths, participants will learn to make a workshop outline from start to finish around a writing program they’d like to offer. No experience in facilitation is necessary!

Running a writing program can be daunting but with a well-developed outline, you can be one step closer towards being a creative writing instructor. Participants will walk away from the workshop with a completed outline for their future workshop, understand templates and structures for workshopping as well as pocket some tips and tricks for running both online and in-person programming. Please be sure to have an idea in mind of what you’d like your offering to be (i.e. Poetry for Beginners, YA writing by Young Adults, Community Writing for Women Over 50 etc.). No experience in facilitation is necessary!

Whitney French is pictured with a wide smile wearing a colourful striped shirt with collar and her black and brown hair are in locs as she stands in front of a colourful mural outdoors.

Photo credit: Darius Bashar

Whitney French (she/her) is a writer, educator and publisher. She is the editor of the award-winning anthology Black Writers Matter (University of Regina, 2019) and Griot: Six Writers Sojourn into the Dark (Penguin Random House, 2022). As a Hurston Wright Foundation and Watering Hole fellow, she is a self-described Black futurist, who explores memory, loss, technology, and nature in her works. Whitney French is also a certified arts educator who has executed over 500 workshops in schools, community centres, group-homes and First Nations reserves. She has taught creative writing at Toronto Metropolitan University and guest lectured at Humber College for the Business of Publishing course. Whitney has lectured and presented in spaces such as Spellman College, Festival of Literary Diversity, Aga Khan Museum, and Howard University. Having worked as both a developmental and acquisitions editor, French is now the co-founder and publisher of Hush Harbour, the only Black queer feminist press in Canada. Currently, she lives in Toronto.

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