Why YouthWrite?  Thanks for asking!

Quite simply, we're the best...and we know what we're doing!

  • YouthWrite Society Canada has a nineteen-year proven track record!  We envisioned an immersion experience that addresses and promotes twenty-first century multiple literacies – that's why we have a multi-disciplinary approach to writing and creating!
  • We do our best to reach out to participants who are on the margins, whether because of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or financial circumstances – in short, we work to be inclusive.
  • In fact, inclusivity and gender balance are also a focus of our instructional team.
  • We invite to YouthWrite superbly talented and highly reputable instructors who represent the many facets of the performing, visual, musical, dance, film, and written arts.
  • We believe and promote the philosophy that creative arts and creative writing are the foundation to critical and creative thinking, and our course/ curricular design reflects this.
  • We strive to broaden young participants’ global and environmental awareness by introducing them to writing as a powerful tool for activism, and seek to introduce such organizations as Amnesty International, PEN Canada, Child Honouring, Free the Children – we believe that engaging creatively with the world broadens one’s knowledge of and concern for our planet and many peoples.
  • Our collective pedagogical expertise, course/curriculum design and classes ensure that we address multiple learning styles:  linguistic, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial and visual, naturalistic, interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences.  
  • We maintain archives—written and visual—and, as far as possible, connection with alumni, participants, instructors, and supervisors after their YouthWrite experience.
  • Part of maintaining connection will be an online form of Blue Pencil Café soon to be available to participants to work one-on-one with instructors après YouthWrite for a set period.  Stay tuned!

Our web presence and profile that are updated and maintained, as we hope to encourage participants, instructors, supers, and alumni to stay connected and involved in YouthWrite.

We  produce a fine quality print anthology/magazine (printed on non-bleached and recycled paper) after YouthWrite.

We dream of taking YouthWrite beyond the borders of Alberta, and have begun conversations with interested parties in Salzburg, Austria, but we are also considering other parts of the country such as Yellowknife, NT; Winnipeg, MB, YouthWrite on the Rez, etc.