About InkWell Workshops

Partnering with CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) Toronto, InkWell Workshops offers free, drop-in creative writing workshops to people living with mental health or addictions issues led by award-winning professional writers with lived experience of mental illness. As a peer-led project run by professional artists, InkWell is the first of its kind in Canada. We began running workshops in February 2016.


VISION: 

A vibrant community of writers and readers in which all live free from stigma.

MISSION: 

To run writing workshops for people with mental-health and addictions issues led by professional artist-educators with lived experience of mental illness.

VALUES: 

Respect, Empowerment, Equity, Access, Diversity (REEAD)

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.


A Message from InkWell's Artistic Director

In February 2013, I attended a local event examining the link between creativity and mental health with my friend Eufemia Fantetti. We discovered that we shared a dream: to work in the community teaching creative writing to people who, like us, have lived with mental illness and experienced the stigma associated with it. That night, InkWell Workshops was conceived.

Initiatives such as InkWell that root out stigma and stereotypes benefit us all. The deep work of writing calls for constancy and courage from those who have been repeatedly silenced and shamed by the stigma of mental illness. Fundamentally, we believe that promoting hope, recovery, connection, and resilience improves our artistic output, our sense of purpose, and our health and wellbeing. We believe in the power of our diverse voices.

In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto, Eufemia and I began running writing workshops in February 2016. Because of our passion for this project and our deep belief in its importance, we worked on a volunteer basis until the summer of 2016, when we received funding from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council to run weekly drop-in workshops. We have also presented writing workshops in collaboration with the Toronto Public Library and the Festival of Literary Diversity.

Due to other commitments, Eufemia has stepped down from the InkWell collective, while celebrated local writers and committed InkWell instructors Jeff Latosik and Stuart Ross have joined me to help plan and implement our project. We look forward to another fabulous year of writing and community building.

Yours in health,
Kathy

Kathy Friedman, Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Kathy Friedman, Artistic Director and Co-Founder