About Us

What is Story Planet…

Story Planet is a community hub that brings together artists, writers, and volunteers to support young people in nurturing their voice and building communication and literacy skills. Our workshops integrate art, digital media, and writing to inspire mentorship and community.

Every individual experiences the thrill of creating something original, whether it’s a book, film, image, or digital story.

 

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We run programs for kids and youth in grades 1 to 12 who have limited access to writing and creative arts programming. Since opening our doors, we have worked with over 4,000 kids and youth. Students who take part in our programs come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, including Chinese, Bengali, Tamil, Portuguese and Carribean. English is often the second or third language for our students and their parents, and many do not have the resources to engage with creative writing or art outside of school. To ensure that there are as few barriers to participation as possible, our workshops are either free or offered at a nominal cost.

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.

What We Do

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.

Storymaker Workshops

Our Storymaker Workshops encourage young people to work with local artists, writers, and each other to create, edit, and publish their own story in diverse forms. These workshops can be 2 hours long, or run over weeks.

Collaborative Community Workshops

Story Planet teams up with local Toronto writers and artists to develop unique workshops for children and youth that align with our overall mission and goals. Do you have an idea? Contact us today!

Our Inspiration

Story Planet is inspired by our friends at 826, a national writing centre for children founded by author, Dave Eggers and educator, Ninive Calegari. For more information visit www.826national.org.