What do you love about your city?

March 24, 2019
by Lindsay
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High Park Library love

I had the most wonderful mid-March afternoon love lettering at High Park Library! It’s such a beautiful space and the patrons and staff were so warm and welcoming! We wrote love letters to the neighbourhood (and then I saw a few hidden for strangers to find on my walk home!!)

And when I saw Kerry Clare’s novel on the shelf in the glorious early evening sunshine, I couldn’t help but leave it a love letter:

Aaaaaand, if you’re interested in a *free* 8-week writing workshop, join me at High Park Library this spring!

Writing the City is an 8-week writing workshop where we will find our creative voices, inspired by Parkdale/High Park.

Adult workshops (18+)
Mondays: 7-8:15pm
April 1, 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, May 27 | June 3
with an optional public reading on June 10.

Please register for the free workshops in person or by calling High Park Library at 416-393-7671. High Park Branch: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

More info here!

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Community Art program.

March 24, 2019
by Lindsay
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All the love for Parkdale

In the fall of 2017, I got to spend two afternoons/evenings a week at Parkdale Library. It was one of the greatest highlights of my community arts career! So, imagine my delight when I got to return to the library before its reno this spring! I got to see so many familiar faces, and meet new neighbours. It was such a delight.

There were so many wonderful letters penned that mid-March afternoon. Here are a few of them:

And, I hid some letters on my way home…

Aaaaaand, if you’re looking for a place-based writing workshop this spring, I’m leading one at High Park Library on Mondays! Join me!

Writing The City: Adult writing workshop (18+)
Mondays: 7-8:15pm
April 1, 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, May 27 | June 3
with an optional public reading on June 10.

Please register for the free workshops in person or by calling High Park Library at 416-393-7671. High Park Branch: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

More info here!

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Community Art program.

March 1, 2019
by Lindsay
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Writing the City 2019: Writing workshops at High Park Library

Do you love Parkdale/High Park? Do you love to write?

Join me for a *free* 8-week writing workshop at High Park Library where we will find our creative voices, inspired by Parkdale/High Park.

Adult workshops (18+)
Mondays: 7-8:15pm
April 1, 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, May 27 | June 3
with an optional public reading on June 10.

Please register for the free workshops in person or by calling High Park Library at 416-393-7671. High Park Branch: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

More on the workshops:

Writing the City is a writing-based community engagement project based on The Love Lettering Project, the internationally acclaimed writing project founded in 2004 by Lindsay Zier-Vogel.

After a successful 2017 season at Parkdale Library, and a second successful season in 2018 at Annette St. Library, Writing the City will take place at the Toronto Public Library’s High Park branch, and be comprised of a registration-required eight-week writing workshop for adults. In the workshops, participants will generate poetry and short fiction inspired by and/or situated in Parkdale/High Park and to conclude, we will be hosting and optional public reading for the community.

Participants will uncover their own voices and Lindsay will work with the writers in providing community-focused inspiration and editing skills, transforming their work over the course of the 8-week workshop.

Lindsay is an active member of the community-based arts community and since 2004, she has been asking people to write love poems to their communities, slip them into airmail envelopes marked “love.” and distribute them anonymously throughout their communities. Through her Love Lettering Project, thousands of people have participated in over 250 events in Toronto and in two Canada Council-funded tours to the UK and Canada’s North. The project has the capacity to transform an individual’s relationship to public space and their communities through social and artistic engagement. Since its inception, Lindsay has developed a co-creative writing workshop program based on these principles, uniting creative writing and community engagement in workshops for children, youth and adults (through the TDSB, Pathways to Education, Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada’s DreamCatcher Mentoring, Sister Writes, among others).

Lindsay received an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto under the advisorship of award winning novelist, Anne Michaels and has been published in many publications including The Toronto Star, The Lampeter Review, Taddle Creek, room of one’s own, Where The Nights Are Twice As Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets, published by Goose Lane Editions and Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers. Her Love Lettering Project-based picture book DEAR STREET will be published by Kids Can Press. More about Lindsay here.

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Community Art program.

 

March 1, 2019
by Lindsay
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High Park + love letters + March 18

What do you love about Parkdale/High Park??

Come on by High Park Library on Monday, March 18 and write love letters to one of my very favourite neighbourhoods in Toronto (it’s free!!)

High Park Library: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.
Monday, March 18: 4:30-6pm

And if you’re interested in an 8-week city-based creative writing workshop at High Park library (free, and led by me!) you can call the library and register: 416-393-7671.

Adult workshops (18+):
Mondays: 7-8:15pm
April 1, 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, May 27 | June 3
with an optional public reading on June 10.

High Park Library: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

More info about the workshops here!

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Community Art program:

February 27, 2019
by Lindsay
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Parkdale + love letters + March 14

What do you love about Parkdale??

Come on by Parkdale Library on Thursday March 14 and write love letters to one of my very favourite neighbourhoods in Toronto (it’s free!!)

Parkdale Library: 1303 Queen Street W
Thursday, March 14: 4-5:30pm

And if you’re interested in an 8-week city-based creative writing workshop at High Park library (free, and led by me!) you can call the library and register: 416-393-7671.

Adult workshops (18+):
Mondays: 7-8:15pm
April 1, 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, May 27 | June 3
with an optional public reading on June 10.

High Park Library: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

More info about the workshops here!

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Community Art program:

 

February 2, 2019
by Lindsay
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Writing The City 2017: A catalogued anthology!!

In the fall of 2017, I worked with the most amazing writers at Parkdale Library. We met each week and wrote about our city, and Parkdale, sharing paragraphs and pages of our lives. It was a once in a lifetime group of people. Truly.

AND, I just found out that our anthology, a collection of all of those weeks of writing is catalogued (AND SEARCHABLE!) in the Toronto Public Library database! So exciting! Check it out here!!

Next time you’re in Parkdale, stop in and check it out!

I am so grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for funding and Parkdale Library Toronto Public Library for support.

January 30, 2019
by Lindsay
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Winter magic

We have just had our first big blizzard—the kind where everything stops and people get sent home early and swimming lessons get cancelled. There is something so magical about the hush after a snow fall.

When I went to get my kiddos from daycare (sled and hiking backpack at the ready!), the teenager across the street was shoveling the sidewalk in front of his house. When I came back, he was still at it, halfway up the block, shoveling everyone out. He was at it for hours, totally unbidden, just helping out his neighbours. May we all have a little bit of Owen inside us this winter.

There is a park just south of my house that the neighbours flood into a skating rink each winter. It’s been so balmy I didn’t think it would ever turn, but the temperature dipped, and there are people out skating every single day. I can’t think of anything more quintessentially Canadian.

I don’t skate, but my newly-hockey-obsessed-4-year-old has just started and my placemaking heart grew 18 sizes watching him skate on the rink on the same street as our home while my almost-2-year-old cheered on a bunch of kids play shinny.

Winter magic…

I get that it’s not as easy to love where you live in the winter as it is during the summer. It requires a lot more layers. And, if you have young kids, a lot more patience. BUT, there is something so magical about being out in the world in the winter.

My trick to loving winter? ADULT SNOWPANTS! If you are not yet on#teamsnowpants, may I recommend a listen to my love letter to snowpants I recorded a while back for the CBC? You can listen here. Swish swish swish.

AND, once you’re suited up in snowpants, get out your thermos, dig out that picnic blanket, and be sure to go on a winter picnic. (Pro-tip: if it’s really cold, put a thermarest under the picnic blanket — COZY TOWN!) You can listen/watch my love letter to winter picnics on the CBC here!

January 15, 2019
by Lindsay
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Writing the City 2018: The Anthology

I’m so thrilled that Writing The City 2018: An anthology of works written about and inspired by The Junction written by participants of the 2018 Writing The City workshop at Annette St. Library is bound and ready for its public debut!

I worked with a dedicated and talented group of Junction-based writers throughout the fall of 2018 and they wrote such fascinating work about our neighbourhood. We wrote based on lines from Junction-based books, created characters that lived amongst us, played with maps and found poems and haikus. It was so much fun and now you can read what we worked on! Our anthology will be available at Annette St. Library in the Junction History section shortly!

I am so grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for funding and Annette St. Library for support.

November 14, 2018
by Lindsay
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Exciting news: A two-book deal!

I’m just so thrilled to announce that my Love Lettering Project-based picture book has been picked up by Yvette Ghione at Kids Can Press in a two-book deal!! Cue the confetti cannons!!!

It will come out in Spring 2021, with Book 2 out the following spring.

A huge thanks to my agent, Kelvin Kong at K2 Literary Agency.

November 10, 2018
by Lindsay
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Writing (and reading!) The Junction

A ray of light this fall has been the writing workshops I’ve been facilitating at Annette St. Library. It’s been SO! MUCH! FUN! We’ve been writing about the Junction and have created map-based poems, and place-based fiction fragments, and sestinas that aren’t quite sestinas (the faux-stina!), and postcard fiction…

We’re been using fragments of Junction-based writing to inspire our own—primarily Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s All the Broken Things, Terri Favro’s Once Upon a Time in West Toronto and Carleton Wilson’s Junction Elegies from The Material Sublime.

We’ve still got heaps to explore and I’m so grateful to these brave writers who spend their Wednesday evenings at the library with me.

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Community Art program.