Living Hyphen

An afternoon of storytelling presented by Living Hyphen Magazine & Firefly Creative Writing

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This event been brewing for a long time.

Living Hyphen is a Toronto-based magazine born in a Firefly workshop, devoted to sharing true stories by hyphenated Canadians and exploring the rich lives of Canada’s diverse communities.

As well as publishing these stories, Living Hyphen is devoted to nurturing them into being, creating safe spaces for diverse writers to come together, express themselves and witness the power of their voices.

Naturally, we have a huge crush on this magazine.

This winter, we’re working together to showcase some of the writers who have contributed to the first issue of Living Hyphen, and also some who will be featured in Issue #2.

In addition, we’ll have five open mic style spots for audience members who self-identify as Hyphenated Canadians to share their own written work, up to five minutes each.

We’ll open the door at 7, and start the readings at 7:30. Justine Yu, Living Hyphen founder and featured writer ___ will MC the event. We’ll take a break part-way through and wrap up by 9:30.

If you might want to read, come early! We’ll take names at the door. We’ll also be accepting a $10 or PWYC donation towards the printing costs of Living Hyphen’s next issue.

This evening will be perfect for you if:

  • You’re delighted (and slightly terrified by) the idea of reading your work in front of a crowd…. Or you just want to listen and support.

  • You want to slide out of your day-to-day to connect with other people who love words.

  • You love the idea of celebrating new voices, especially the shaky, tentative ones.

  • You’re curious about our studio and want to spend some quality time inside its walls connecting with neighbours and Fireflies.

  • You don’t need a lot of leg room to have a great time.

This won’t be a great night for you if:

  • You’ll be heartbroken if you can’t get your name on the list. (Signups will be first-come-first-served and we won’t be reserving any slots in advance.)

  • You’re looking for feedback on your work. (Check out our workshops or our coaching packages for that.)

  • You don’t identify with the heading: “Nicest people in Toronto.”

  • You need to have a gin and tonic in your hand to have fun.

  • You don’t have a sitter. (Since we can’t control the content being shared, we don’t recommend it for kids.)

All the details:

We’ll be at Firefly’s beautiful studio, 1898 Danforth Ave, unit 2. It’s fully wheelchair accessible and a short stroll from the Woodbine subway station.

We’ll be collecting $10 at the door to alleviate printing costs of Living Hyphen’s next issue. If that’s too steep, we’ll gladly make an exception. If you can kick in a little more, our Living Hyphen will thank you!

Come early to grab a seat or beanbag. If we do overfill, we’ll need to close the doors.

See you there!