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April 30, 2021

Black Pen: Creative Writing Program

Hosted by Nia Centre for the Arts

Explore your literary voice in Black Pen, a 4-month intensive creative writing program emerging Black writers between the ages of 16-29. Facilitated by Whitney French, scholarly writer & editor, participants will deeply and authentically explore their passion and skill for writing, culminating in the creation of a published book distributed across the country in Winter 2022!

Register for this weekly program that will offer a space for writers to workshop, learn practical literary skills and embark on conversations on Black Canadian-Literature. Black Pen aims to embolden an understanding of how writing can be used to empower oneself and one’s community. While this program is open to all Black self-identifying writers in the GTA, space will be prioritized for applicants in the Oakwood Vaughan/Little Jamaica neighbourhood.

Black Pen workshops take place every Tuesday, online via Zoom starting Tuesday, May 18. All workshops will run from 6-8pm. These two-hour sessions are the meat of the program, where the facilitator offers space for writers to workshop, learn practical literary skills and embark on conversations.

Applications close on April 30th, 2021 at 11:59 pm. The program starts on May 18 and ends on August 3, and the book launch will be in Winter 2022. 


  • Self-identify as Black or part of the Afro-diaspora
  • Between the ages of 16-29
  • Open to all youth living within the Greater Toronto Area, and space will be prioritized for youth living within the Oakwood Vaughan/Little Jamaica neighbourhood
More information


Nia Centre for the Arts

524 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto, ON, M6E 2X1, Canada

Email: info@niacentre.org

Nia Centre for the Arts is a Toronto-based charitable organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the Afro-Diaspora.