Through My Eyes
A workshop just for teens
Are you a teenager who loves writing?
In this dedicated workshop, a small group of teens ages 14-19, will explore the power of words to express who they really are. Each workshop the group will dive into new forms of writing, including poetry, character development, spoken word, memoir, and more. We’ll explore letting what’s inside of ourselves out in a way that’s exhilarating, honest, encouraging and super-fun.
The class will follow closely to the Firefly principle that, “There is no way to do this wrong.” Participants will write loads, and through that writing will be invited to find their voices, share their stories and be their truest selves, both on and off the page. We’ll laugh lots, write deeply and make room for all the feelings.
There will be take-home assignments between sessions and a reading at the end to share what the group has created with family and friends. (Of course — participants don’t have to be part of the reading if they don’t want to, but it will be fun!)
This workshop is ideal for teenagers who:
Want to express themselves freely, without rules or inhibitions.
Love the idea of exploring all parts of their identity, including the parts that are still unclear.
Want to connect with new friends with similar questions and desires.
Feel ready (though maybe a little scared) to share their writing.
Are interested in exploring their own lives as writing material and sharing some of what comes up. (We tend to get a little personal.)
Thrive in small, cozy groups (this class will never have more than 7 participants)
Love a good cookie.
You can expect to leave the workshop with:
Lots of new writing.
A deep sense of your writing voice and your unique gifts as a writer.
New friends who are on the same path.
A feeling of creative playfulness and possibility.
A fictional character whose voice you can access anytime.
This workshop won’t give you:
Critique or competition. We’re all about the love.
Strict rules on “how to write.” We’ll work on developing your writing skills but we don’t subscribe to the idea that there’s one way to create powerful work.
Help with grammar or spelling — we want to be with the love of words, not the rules.
Pressure to write things you don’t want to write. We go where the joy is.
We aren’t running Through My Eyes this season. Our next dates will be announced a couple months before the class begins. Pop in your email below for a nudge when pre-registration begins for this specific workshop, or join our mailing list to keep up to date on all things Firefly.
The fee for this workshop is $425. When you sign up you’ll be asked for a $275 deposit to confirm your spot, the balance of $150 will be due a week later. You will also have the option of breaking your balance into two monthly credit card payments of $75. There’s no extra fee for this service; we just like being able to offer it. To see our financial policies, click here. Note, HST will be added to all costs.
Ready to take the leap?
We’re not sure when we’ll be bringing this back, but we hope soon! When we do, you can get a nudge when early registration begins by submitting your email below. Alternately, join our mailing list to keep up to date on all things Firefly.
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Credit where it’s due:
That beautiful photo at the top of the page was taken by Danette Relic from Radical Creative Sanctuary. Check out her drool-worthy Instagram feed for more.
What people are saying:
I was incredibly nervous when I decided to step outside my comfort zone and take this class at Firefly. I did not regret it for a second. Having friendly faces and the encouragement of fellow writers really helped to make me feel confident in my writing. Being in a small group was very refreshing, compared to the packed classrooms I have in school. Not being graded on every little mistake I made felt so nice and I’m proud of a lot of the writing I did. I enjoyed reaching inside of myself and finding inspiration. One day, I hope to use this experience as a reference for when I finally begin the writing I’ve always dreamed of doing.