Toronto Street Writers On Hiatus

No workshops are being planned for the immediate future, but we'll update this site if/when that changes. Our apologies.

In the meantime, Toronto WordSmiths is starting up. It's free, on Thursday nights at the Parkdale Library, and led by several long-time TSW participants. More information is available on Facebook.

What You Didn't Know Existed: Performances, Readings and Art by Toronto Street Writers

On Monday, July 1, at 7 pm, the Toronto Street Writers present a mind-blowing evening of performances, readings, music and art. We’re also launching our new zine, What We Didn't Know Existed, bursting with stories, poetry and art by this year's street writers. Plus delicious food, cake, and way too much inspiration and fun to be contained in one space!

FREE! | 7 TO 10 PM
Monday, July 1, 2013 (Canada Day)

Location: Academy of the Impossible
231 Wallace Avenue (Lansdowne and Bloor, Toronto)

For more info email or call 416-779-1448

Sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Canadian Heritage through the Celebrate Canada Fund.

We Made a Zine in Two Hours!

A couple weeks ago, we worked together to make a zine about writing -- why we write, what it means to us, the pain/joy/love associated with the process. We scanned it in and uploaded it. Check it out for yourself and drop us a line if it moves you: info(at)

Impossible Words: A Literary Salon and Reading Series

Toronto Street Writers has a new sister program, Impossible Words. The twice-monthly literary salon runs out of the Academy of the Impossible. It pairs up culturally, stylistically and geographically diverse Canadian authors with young writers on stage for a raucous conversation and a lot of fun.

Toronto Street Writers Underway!

Registration for the new year of Toronto Street Writer is almost at capacity! But drop us a line at info(at) if you're dying to sign up. We've got a full calendar of guest authors, writing prompts, and discussions lined up. See y'all very soon!

Launch for TSW zine West of What We Know!

Our yearly Canada Day final event was a phenomenal success! Check out some of the media attention:

Here are a few choice shots of the Street Writers party and launch of our new anthology of writing, West of What We Know. All photos credited to Ryan Singh.

Once again, we especially want to thank our sponsors: Canadian Heritage though the Celebrate Canada Fund, the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Lakeview Lunch, Chapters-Indigo Eaton Centre and Penguin Books.

New Toronto Street Writers Anthology: WEST OF WHAT WE KNOW

WE WALK!The Toronto Street Writers launched their new anthology of writing and art by inner-city, West of What We Know, on Sunday July 1st, 2012 at the Academy of the Impossible in Toronto's west-end.

The event featured readings by young poets, hip hop lyricists, playwrights, and short story writers whose work appears in the anthology. In celebration of the Queen's 60th Jubilee, there was an impromptu crown-making workshop where audience members will be encouraged to express what the monarchy means to them.

The Street Writers are a celebrated group of young writers from many different cultures and walks of life across the city. The group meets weekly, ten months out of the year, and is coordinated by award-winning local author Emily Pohl-Weary. Young writers work with professional authors, musicians, artists and screenwriters to generate the skills and confidence needed to express their realities, process difficult experiences, and pursue careers and professional opportunities in the arts.

West of What We Know is the fifth annual anthology of youth writing that the Street Writers have published.

To order your own copy, please send $10 (includes postage) to: Toronto Street Writers, c/o Academy of the Impossible, 231 Wallace Avenue, Toronto, Ontario (Canada), M6H 3G1

Keep in Touch with the Street Writers!

WE WRITE!We've got a Facebook page, where we post news, updates, curiousities and calls for submission.

It's a great way to find out what we're up to from week to week.


Underground Inspirations: A Street Writers Zine Launch!

WRITE!Launch of new work by the Parkdale Street Writers!
Performances by amazing contributors!
Plus: Special guests Rose and Nic from LAL and Abstract Random!

Canada Day - Friday, July 1, 2011
7 pm at Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor
1214 Queen Street W, Toronto

FREE! fun! SNACKS! cake!
books! DJ! art! READINGS!
PERFORMANCES! nice people!

Indie Filmmakers


Acting for the Camera was a FREE weekly workshop led by professional film director Dominic Desjardins. Participants learned how to:

  • develop acting techniques
  • brainstorm script ideas with writer Emily Pohl-Weary
  • all about the industry from producer Rayne Zukerman
  • make in their own short films!

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