Become a Volunteer Facilitator

“The function of freedom is to free someone else.”
- Toni Morrison

WCC Volunteer Facilitators Touch Lives

Writers Collective of Canada (WCC) volunteer facilitators support WCC’s vision and mission by providing free exploratory writing workshops.

WCC facilitators are the primary contacts for participants in our workshops and we equip them with training and support. They provide workshops in various settings, including:

  • Shelters for the homeless and women at risk
  • Community centres and social service agencies, such as those providing supports for addiction, mental illness, youth, women, elders, adult learners, and Indigenous, immigrant, refugee and 2SLGBTQQIA communities
  • Virtually via Zoom

About Facilitator Training

Training sessions are offered several times a year. Each session runs from a Friday evening through Saturday and Sunday. Check the Training Calendar below for upcoming dates and read on to learn more about what is involved

Who Makes a Good Facilitator

Facilitators come from all backgrounds, experiences, and walks of life:

  • Writing is an important part of their life
  • They believe strongly in the WCC’s work and methodology
  • The have a desire to help and support others to strengthen their voices through exploratory writing in community
  • Many have ties to a community, organization, or institution they believe would benefit from a WCC writing program

What Happens Before, During, and After Training

The weekend of training is inspiring, challenging, and experiential. Volunteers gain a deep and practical understanding of WCC’s philosophy and values, learn tools and strategies for successful facilitation, and practice by modeling workshop sessions in a supportive environment.

Prior to training, volunteers are required to:

  • Attend WCC workshop(s)
  • Read Writing Alone and with Others by Pat Schneider, founder of the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. The book is available at major bookstores.
  • Complete the Facilitator Application, which can be found when you click on one of the Training Calendar events, below.

After training, volunteers will join a partner organization or initiate a workshop series. Each workshop will be co-led by two volunteers; facilitators are partnered up for flexibility and support. We have morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend workshop slots available.

  • Facilitators must commit to volunteering for a minimum of one 10-week session—this means one 90- to 120-minute workshop per week for 10 weeks. The 10 weeks need not necessarily be consecutive.
  • We provide ongoing support and supervision to ensure that the workshop experience is positive and successful for all of our writers, facilitators and agency partners.

For more information, you may contact

Upcoming Training Events: Spring 2022 (TBA)