Creative writing increases self-esteem, improves mental wellness, and creates strong communities. Our youth program is an emotionally safe environment that supports individuality and empowerment.

Our goal is to present creative writing as an extracurricular activity youths can explore through consistent ongoing programming, in the same vein as dance, music, theatre, and other fine arts.

Interested in becoming a member of the Youth Program?

Program Components

Individual Support Programming

To support student projects, each youth will be offered an experiential learning opportunity in the community.

Language Share

The program is about embracing youth in the entirety of their identities and celebrating all languages and cultures, including work in translation.

Monthly Peer Review

Youth writers’ circle based on principles of active and collaborative learning.


Students choose, explore, and teach topics as they design their own learning experience.

Submission Support Group

Our young writers will prepare a submission package that includes a cover letter, biographical statement, and a CV as they support one another in submitting to literary journals and contests.

Anthology & Launch

Youth pieces will be published in the anthology, and our young writers will have the opportunity to read in front of family and friends.


Yes! Please ask your parent or guardian to fill out a consent form.

Anyone between the ages of 13 and 19 are eligible to participate.

Deadline - Creative Writing: Embracing Your Identity 2024 poster

Currently in Progress

Partner: Manitoba Writers’ Guild & Winnipeg Public Library
Wednesdays – March  6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8 (final event)
Times: 5:30-7:45 pm
Lead Mentor:  Carrie Hatland
Location: Millennium Library – Mona Gray Room / Final class – Carol Shields Auditorium

teen girl sitting at her desk, smiling and waving at the monitor Photo by Julia M Cameron:

Become a Youth Member

Youth Memberships are only $10!

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