Launch of I Am a Lake
6:00 PM18:00

Launch of I Am a Lake

Free entry. Doors open at 6, event begins at 6:30. All are welcome.

Join InkWell Workshops for our third annual book launch, complete with readings, light refreshments, live music, and door prizes!

I Am a Lake is a sparkling collection of fiction, poetry, and memoir that shines a light on twenty-eight Toronto writers with mental-health and addictions issues.

Proceeds from book sales and door prizes will go to supporting InkWell’s programming.

We strive to create a friendly, inclusive vibe at all of our events. InkWell does not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination. Friends House is wheelchair-accessible and smoke- and alcohol-free with gender-neutral washrooms. Please help us maintain an accessible space by refraining from using scented products. Free parking is available on-site off Bedford Rd. and an accessible TTC station (St. George) is two blocks away. More information about the accessibility is available here.

For more information about accessibility, our anti-discrimination policy, or with any other questions, please contact us at

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Sense-ational Storytelling: Descriptive Writing for the Screen
1:00 PM13:00

Sense-ational Storytelling: Descriptive Writing for the Screen

Join InkWell Workshops and David James Brock for this special workshop presented with TIFF!

  • Learn about the art of film through fun, low-barrier activities facilitated by artists working in film and media

  • Develop your creativity and skills related to communication, teamwork, emotional self-awareness, and problem-solving

  • Connect with peers with lived experience

Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (third floor, Learning Studio A) 
Time: Workshop 1pm–3pm, opportunity to socialize 3pm–4pm 
Cost: FREE 
No prior film experience necessary. Snacks provided.

To secure your spot for a particular session, sign up at Feel free to get in touch if you have questions or to discuss specific access needs. For general info about venue accessibility, see here.

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Visit to Being Japanese-Canadian Art Exhibit w/Leanne
1:00 PM13:00

Visit to Being Japanese-Canadian Art Exhibit w/Leanne

Join Leanne for a free visit to the Being Japanese-Canadian visual art exhibit currently on at the ROM, to be followed by an on-site writing workshop. Prior sign-up is required.

Please meet at Routes at 12 p.m. to travel together on TTC or at the ROM at 1 pm (at wheelchair accessible entrance close to the gift shop).

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6:00 PM18:00

Black Writers Matter: Event at Toronto Reference Library

  • Toronto Reference Library, Novella Room in the Appel Salon (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us as we attend a special event at the Toronto Reference Library for Black History Month:

Black Writers Matter is a powerful new anthology of African-Canadian writing, edited by Whitney French. The stories in this collection offer a cross-section of established writers and newcomers to the literary world who tackle contemporary and pressing issues with beautiful, sometimes raw, prose.

Come to an evening discussion about the Black Canadian experience, as told through the stories of some of the writers in this collection.

- Whitney French: writer, storyteller, and multidisciplinary artist.
- Angela Walcott: multidisciplinary artist and writer.
- Sapphire Woods: queer nerd with a passion for Black education.

Moderated by Canisia Lubrin, award-winning writer, critic, teacher.

As David Chariandy says "Black Writers Matter is an extraordinary achievement [...]. Whitney French and the talented contributors to this book offer us vital new writings within a two-hundred-year legacy of yearning and truth-telling. Please read this book."


This event is free , but you must register to attend. Tickets will become available on February 6 at 9am. Use the "Get tickets" button on this page to reserve tickets via Eventbrite.

This event is part of TPL's Black History Month programming. For the full lineup, go to

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InkWell Poetry Showcase
3:00 PM15:00

InkWell Poetry Showcase

  • Knife Fork Book (above Bunner's Bakery) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us at Knife Fork Book for a poetry showcase! Eight of our writers will take the stage at Toronto’s poetry-only bookstore to move, entertain, and inspire you. This is a free event.

Accessibility: Knife Fork Book is a second-floor walk-up. The staircase has 20 steps and a sturdy handrail. There are two all-gender washrooms. The space is alcohol-free. You will be asked to remove footwear at the entrance. A greeter will be at the outside between 2:30 and 3 pm to assist guests with mobility needs.


Honey Novick
Aspi Kootar
Lorraine Garraway
Mark Harvey
Pamela Chynn
Joseph Pirrello
Michèle Breton
... and more!

HONEY NOVICK is a singer/songwriter/voice teacher/poet. She is one of the artist resources for the Friendly Spike Theatre Band and facilitates the Voice Yoga group at the Secret Handshake Gallery. She was the song facilitator at Sheena’s Place for eight years. Honey was one of the awardees of the 2017 Dr. Reva Gerstein Legacy Fund.

ASPI KOOTAR’s introduction to poems started in his Jesuit school. Even though he is well over fifty now, he credits his school for his love of Panorama poems and Shakespeare plays, including Julius Caesar and Macbeth. Aspi’s love for the English language and poetry continues through InkWell with its fantastic teachers.

LORRAINE GARRAWAY was born in Guyana and raised by Christian parents who were poets; she is continuing in their footsteps. InkWell has rekindled what was within her.

MARK HARVEY has travelled to many countries, including Australia. He was a student at University of Toronto, where he was an English major and wrote for several campus newspapers. He also has an extensive acting background. Mark is currently a Library and Information Technician student at Seneca College.

PAMELA CHYNN has been a member of InkWell Workshops for two years. She considers her time at InkWell to be an incredible journey. She is also a member of Sister Writes, and is currently completing her Novel Writing Certificate at George Brown College.

JOSEPH PIRRELLO, formerly a professional jazz musician who studied piano in Tuscany and Montreal, turned to writing six years ago. He recently published a memoir, Towards Sanity, which recounts his recovery from bipolar disorder with humour and unflinching honesty. His book of poetry, Judith’s Song, is available for purchase through Amazon and Indigo.

After a long career in proofreading, MICHELE BRETON returned to writing poems and short stories. She has had works published in three zines and in InkWell’s 2017 and 2018 anthologies.

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