Library Helps Teens Find Their Creative Voice

February 2, 2012 | Media Relations

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Young Voices creative workshops start February 15

TORONTO (Thursday, February 2, 2012) – Toronto Public Library’s annual Young Voices winter workshops offer teens an opportunity to hone their creative writing and art skills under the tutelage of professional writers and artists. The workshops lead up to the March 31 submission deadline for the 2012 issue of Young Voices, Toronto Public Library’s magazine of teen writing and visual art. All Toronto teens age 12-19 are invited to attend the workshops and to submit their poetry, creative prose, hand-drawn black and white artwork, or black and white photos for possible publication in the magazine.

“For nearly five decades, Young Voices has given Toronto teens a chance to express themselves, supporting them in their creative endeavours and providing a foundation for their future success," says Toronto Public Library children and youth advocate Lisa Heggum.

What:             Looney Poems Poetry Workshop with Poet Matthew Tierney

Where:            Runnymede Branch (2178 Bloor St. W., two blocks east of the Runnymede subway stop)

When:             Wednesday, February 15, 4:30 p.m. 

Who:               Wile E. Coyote is just like a poet. He aims the highest and falls the farthest. Toronto poet Matthew Tierney shows you how to make your writing explode with humour.


What:             Keeping it Fresh: Drawing with Sharpies with Artist Michael Brown

Where:            Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St., north of the Yonge/Bloor subway stop)

When:             Saturday, February 25, 2 p.m.  

Who:               Uncap a fresh sharpie with Toronto artist Michael Brown and let your drawing run wild.


What:             WordPlay Writing Workshop with Writer Karen Krossing

Where:            Cedarbrae Branch (545 Markham Rd., south of Lawrence)

When:             Thursday, March 15, 3 p.m.

Who:               Author Karen Krossing helps teens rediscover the fun of writing at this hands on workshop.

Teens interested in submitting to Young Voices are encouraged to pick up a submission form at their local branch, or submit their entry online at

For more info, or to register for the workshops, contact Ken Sparling 416-397-5970,

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow over 33 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.


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