Youth Creative Writing Workshops

IPLAI in partnership with the Salon 1861 is offering creating writing workshops for youth (ages 10-13). Workshops welcome youth with a diverse range of abilities, and from a diverse array of ethnicities, genders and backgrounds.

Students will worshop in a variety of creative media (such as, for example, Blackout poetry, journalling, productive brainstorming, spoken word, etc.) The workshop series aims to:

-bring a sense of ownership and value to youth in their creative production
-improve creative writing and creative expression skills
-build confidence in youth in their abilities to express their ideas
-build camaraderie among youth in the class
-engage youth over a longer period of time
-make the Salon and its Laboratory of Urban Culture programming a cultural hub in the Little Burgundy community.


What: Creative Writing Workshops for youth aged 10-13

Where: 550 Rue Richmond, at Salon 1861 OR 2365 Rue Grand Trunk, at Saint Columba House

Contact: Jonathan Rouleau for more information at

Writing Facilitator: Larissa Andrusyshyn

Timeline and locations for 2017 workshops:

  1. January 18 – Salon 1861
  2. January 25 – Salon 1861
  3. February 1 – Saint Columba House (SCH)
  • February 8 – No Workshop
  1. February 15 – Salon 1861
  2. February 22 – Salon 1861
  3. March 1 – SCH
  • March 8 + March 15 – No Workshop
  1. March 22 – Salon
  2. March 29 – Salon
  3. April 5 – SCH
  4. End-of-Session Reading/Performance Celebration (date TBD)

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The Salon 1861 and the Laboratory for Urban Culture (LUC) are located at the L’Église  St-Joseph in Montreal’s Quartier D’Innovation (QI), located in Little Burgundy and Griffintown. This is a social innovation space, where generated revenue in the venue space subsidizes the cost of entrepreneurs and community organizations in the collaborative social hub.

The LUC, coordinated by IPLAI, acts as a site for collaboration and exchange between members of the McGill community and those interested in the QI region.  Focusing on projects that are grounded in arts, and drawing upon the rich inter-sectorial stakeholders surrounding the Salon, LUC seeks to establish innovative and progressive projects and partnerships, grounded in principles of social justice, for the betterment of the surrounding community.

The LUC aims to create opportunities for exchange between artists, researchers, faculty, students and local residents and community members.  There will be a range of collaborative projects, workshops and events as the relationship continues to develop and as the Salon evolves.

IPLAI is working in partnership with the Desautels School of Management, as the two chief representatives of McGill at the Salon.