Who We Are
Story Planet is a non-profit organization that empowers young Torontonians to make and share their stories. Our artists, writers and volunteers provide young people – specifically those from under-resourced communities – with creative workshop experiences that foster self confidence while building communication skills. Through the making and sharing of stories, we believe children build a sense of self worth, belonging, and creativity that will serve them throughout life.
What We Do
Our team of professional writers and artists facilitate high-energy, workshops that integrate art, writing, and digital media and result in a bound book, film or play. We work with children and youth from grades 1-12 in the city’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. Story Planet’s workshops complement and support the Ontario curriculum particularly in literacy and language development. Our all-star volunteers provide one-to-one support.
Story Planet began running workshops in 2009 and became a registered charity in 2011. Our programs are inspired by the U.S. based 826 writing centres co-founded by best-selling author, David Eggers.
Our programs help young people build confidence in their own voice and develop strong communication skills across a variety of media, including writing, illustration, painting, sculpture, poetry, film, spoken word, and digital animation. Esteemed writers and artists lend their extensive talents to our workshops, providing kids and youth with inspiration and strong role models.