It all started when…
We were talking about a girl. A sixteen-year-old whose friends had left her behind and school got hard and the thing that got her through that time was writing. A craft and practice she had to develop on her own because you can't just take creative writing classes the way you can sign up for violin or basketball. We wondered:
What if young people had the tools, inspiration and mentoring they needed to uncover their voice, unstuck their writing, and become writers?
We remembered what it was for us to discover writing as teenagers and twenty-somethings…how we would have loved more than anything to come to a place where that interest could have been nurtured.
Surely we could create a tribe that would mirror the warmth, encouragement and spirit of our own writing group, Spoke.
And that’s how Storymakers was born.
We held our first workshops with young women in person, on the grounds of a beautiful, historical house dedicated to art-making. For those girls, and for us, Storymakers was so impactful and successful we knew we needed to expand our reach.
Now, through creative writing workshops online and community, Storymakers shows young writers of all genders and orientations the way to their talents and artistic intuition.
We're so glad you've found us. We can't wait to be a part of your writing journey.
KERRY GILBERT ~ poet/teacher lady, co-founder of Storymakers
I grew up in the beautiful Okanagan, British Columbia, but have also lived on Vancouver Island, in South Korea, and in Australia. I’m now back in the valley, where I teach Creative Writing at Okanagan College and raise my three children. I'm the author of two books of poetry: (kerplnk): a verse novel of development (Kalamalka Press, 2005), and Tight Wire (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2016). Tight Wire is on the ReLit Long Shortlist for 2017.
I won the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Award for Best Suite 2016/2017. The suite is the core of a forthcoming verse manuscript called Little Red (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2019). Three Little Red poems made the long list for the 2017-2018 Ralph Gustafson Prize for the Best Poem.
By Kerry Gilbert
NATALIE APPLETON ~ writer, co-founder of Storymakers, big fan of high-fives
I've always known I wanted to tell stories. After earning a journalism degree and working at several Canadian newspapers, I got a case of itchy feet and lived and taught in Bangkok for a few years. After returning to Canada and newsrooms, the recession struck, so I turned lemons into London and earned an MA in Creative Writing (Narrative non-fiction) at City University London, UK.
My stories have appeared in publications around the world, including The New York Times. I recently won Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, my prose has been longlisted for the CBC Creative Non-fiction prize, and I am the author of the literary memoir I Have Something to Tell You (2018).
I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU: a memoir
By Natalie Appleton