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Whitney French Writes promises to offer engaging, interactive and professional workshops that specializes in you, the individual. By keeping personal relationships focused, Whitney French Writes ensures quality, creative, customized programming and services that rekindle your love for the written word.

Whitney French has facilitated writing workshops for teen mothers, young offenders, women dealing with domestic violence, ESL learners, elementary and high school students, youth on a First Nations reserve and adults suffering from mental illness. Workshops range from storytelling, fiction writing, poetry, hip-hop, performance to self-publishing.

Book a workshop with Whitney by emailing or submitting a WFW form

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Most Popular Workshops:

Each Whitney French Writes Workshop is customizable and can be modified to suit a variety of audiences. Book a meeting to discuss the vision for your workshop or choose from the popular series below:

 

Reading :: Writing Circles: Hyjack a book club: This workshop focuses on critical conversations and writing exercises on a book of your choice.

 

What’s Spoken Word? Explore the difference between page poetry vs. stage poetry through spoken word art.

 

Hip-hop, Can’t Stop!: Be part of an cypher and write, rap or record a hip-hop inspired masterpiece. (additional costs for recording)

 

Make Mistakes, Become a Master: Bring your story to life in this multi-session workshop on character development for beginning and emerging writers alike.

 

Ultimate Haiku Challenge: Write as many haikus as you can, learn the intricacies of the form and be victorious!

 

Who Runs the World?: Exploring female empowerment through the written word, self-care and social justice.

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Workshop Mandate and Intention:

Workshop facilitation requires care, and every Whitney French Writes workshop fuses anti-oppression framework, holistic practice and spontaneous creative energy to provide a safe, nurturing and unique experience for all walks of life.

 

This style of facilitation is focused on the ‘knowledge exchange’: a balance of learning and teaching. This can only be achieved by mutual respect. Genuine connection translates into authentic writing, and by listening and teaching, participants are engaged and enthusiastic to share their writing.

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Workshop Testimonials:

“[The workshop] gives me a deeper insight on things that are real in life.”

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“Like lobsters [students] came out of their shells. Relaxed and inspiring.”

Sir. John A MacDonald H.S. Teacher

 

“Whitney had lots of energy and made it lots of fun. She stayed in level with us instead of trying to teach us. Respect!”

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“200 out of 100. Absolutely amazing!”

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“Her rapport with organizations, stakeholders and community members exudes professionalism and [she has] a firm commitment to meeting the diverse needs of everyone she interacts with.”

— Letecia Rose, Manager of Programs and Partnerships NIA Centre for the Arts

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Workshop Prices: See PRICE LIST

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Workshop Details: See PAMPHLET

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Past Workshops:

Express Your Stress :: UNITY Charity
Dartmouth H.S., Dartmouth Halifax, November 2014

 

Poetry Workshop :: School District 82
Parkside Secondary School , Terrace BC, April 2014

 

Acoustic Flow Music Workshop :: Ellington’s Café
Womyn of Indigo, Toronto, March – June & October -December 2014
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Creating Equitable Spaces :: For Youth Initiative
Status of Women Gender Based Analysis, Toronto, January – August 2014

 

Zine Machine Workshop :: Story Planet
Intergalatic Travel Authority, Toronto October – November 2013

 

Suwilaawks Community School :: School District 82
Terrace, British Colombia, April 2013

 

Poetry Workshop :: School District 82
‘Na Aksa Gila Kyew Learning Centre, Kitsumkalum BC, April 2013

 

Spotlight on Black Heritage :: Nia Centre of the Arts
H.J.A. Brown Education Centre, Peel, February 2013

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“I DO” Initiative :: Forced Marriage Project
Agincourt Community Services Association, Scarborough
October – December 2012

 

Self Publishing Workshop :: On Turtle’s Back
Centre of Social Innovation Bathurst, Toronto, October 2012

 

Reading and Writing Circle for Teen Mothers :: Literature for Life
June Callwood Centre, Toronto, July 2012 – June 2013

 

Syntax Meets Sound: An Exploration of Linguistics & Poetry :: Professor Almasi
University of Toronto, June 2012

 

Character Development Workshop :: Story Planet
Bloor Collegiate Institute, Toronto, May 2012
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Cypher Writers Collective Workshops :: Operation Springboard
East York and Downtown Toronto, March 2011- December 2013

 

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Feel free to watch a video of Whitney French Writes’ experience facilitating workshops for the “I DO” initiative, part of Agincourt’s Force Marriage Project

Education and Training:

Bachelors of Arts: Creative Writing: Concordia University, Montreal, 2005 -2009
Art of Facilitation: Workshop Facilitator Certificate Nia Centre for the Arts, 2012
Artist Educator Level 1-3: Workshop Facilitator Certificate UNITY Charity, 2013
Artist Education Foundations Course: Royal Conservatory of Music, 2014
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Book a workshop with Whitney by emailing or submitting a WFW form

 

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