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
WCC Facilitators come from many backgrounds and bring a variety of skills and lived experience. Consider becoming a Facilitator if any one of these sounds like you:
- You believe strongly in the WCC’s work and methodology
- You work directly with a community that can benefit from arts-health and writing-for-wellbeing
- You wish to advocate for traditionally underheard and underserved voices
- You facilitate in other contexts already, and love doing it
- You are a writer with a passion to share the power of writing in community
- You are a WCC workshop participant who is excited to share the experience with others
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.