Encouraging Voice, Empowering the Unheard The Toronto Writers Collective inspires and empowers the unheard through writing. The Toronto Writers Collective promotes an inclusive city, celebrates diversity and honours the lives of all of its citizens. We support the transformational power of being heard. The Toronto Writers Collective provides free creative writing workshops to those deprived of voice in our society. Writing with others in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, participants discover the value of their own stories. We believe: • Everyone is a writer, regardless of prior writing experience and formal education; • Through encouragement and support, people grow as writers; • In the unique creative genius of every voice; • Each person’s experience provides a wealth of inspiration as a writer and an artist; • In creating a non-judgmental, open and respectful community where all writers support and deeply listen to each other, take risks and grow as writers; • Each person, through writing, can shape and influence the lives of others; and • We can achieve social change by offering opportunity and encouragement for all writers, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, sexual orientation or physical ability.