Thursdays Writing Collective runs free, drop-in creative writing classes at Carnegie Community Centre for members of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, an area challenged by poverty-related issues and beloved by residents for its optimism, activism and creativity.

Since the Collective’s inception in 2008, more than 150 writers ranging in age from 18-86 years old have participated in writing sessions, events and festivals including the Heart of the City, Spirit Rising, Candahar Art Bar at the Cultural Olympiad, Word on the Street, V125 Poetry Conference, the Memory Festival and numerous artistic collaborations with diverse literary communities, including UBC Law, Music and Performance students.

The Collective has published seven chapbook anthologies with the support of Canada Council, City of Vancouver, SFU and Carnegie Community Centre.

If you would like more information about visiting or participating in any way, please contact Elee Kraljii Gardiner at thursdayseditor@telus.net.

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  1. Lindsay Clegg


    My name is Lindsay, a mental health worker for The Kettle Society. I have recently began working with a women who is interested in joining a writing group but is struggling to find one she connects with. She does not live in the Downtown East side with the help of a rent subsidy provided by our organization. I was curios if your mandate was strictly for that area or if other community members would be welcomed?

    Thank you!


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