Toronto Public Library Offers Poetry Workshops for Teens

January 18, 2010 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library Offers Poetry Workshops for Teens
Young Voices Writing Workshops for Teens 12-19 start January 26

Toronto (Monday, January 18, 2010) – On Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 4 p.m., Malvern Branch (30 Sewells Road, north of Sheppard, east of Morningside) will host the first of three writing workshops that will give teens ages 12-19 an opportunity to work with professional writers and a chance to refine work they might want to submit to Young Voices, the library's magazine of teen writing and art. 

What:   A Kick in the Head: Poems that Break the Rules
Where:  Malvern Branch (30 Sewells Road, north of Sheppard, east of Morningside)
When:  Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 4 p.m.
Who:   Poet Kevin Connolly shows teens how to play with the traditional poetic forms, including sonnets, pantoums and villanelles. 

"For nearly 45 years, 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," according to Toronto Public Library youth advocate Ken Setterington.

Interested teens are encouraged to pick up a Young Voices submission form at their local branch, or submit their entry online at 

Upcoming Writing Workshops:

What:   Unleash Your Inner Poet 
Where:  Centennial Branch (578 Finch Avenue West, west of Bathurst)
When:  Wednesday, February 17, 4 p.m. 
Who:   Toronto poet and Ryerson University professor Camille Martin will give youth lots of ideas to get the poetry inside them onto paper.   

What:   Still Life Poetry: Write What You See 
Where:  Bloor/Gladstone Branch 1101 Bloor West (east of Dufferin Street)
When:  Saturday, March 20, 2010, 2 p.m. 
Who:   Toronto Poet Souvankham Thammavongsa coaches youth how to see ordinary objects anew and make still life “drawings” with words. 

Toronto Public Library is the world's largest urban public library system. Every year, more than 17.5 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow more than 31 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.


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