A guest post by Barbara Bisgrove
Thank you so much for reaching out and telling me about the writing group. Perhaps I can come and meet the writers sometime and chat with them.
Every Tuesday I excitedly join the Creative Writing Group in Weston Library. Classes started there in the fall of 2016, as a program funded by Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, through a New Horizons for Seniors Program Grant.
The classes and the refreshments are free, and anyone from the community is welcome— would-be-writers come from all backgrounds! The one-year grant stretched until January, 2019 when it ran out. But we, bonded classmates, thrilled with our progress (some have published) refused to stop meeting for lack of money.
Instead, we formed a small committee to raise funds, to allow us to continue meeting together and learning to understand each other’s backgrounds through sharing our writings. The goal is $11,000 mostly to pay the teacher.
We produced a pamphlet, citing the benefits to writing and meeting others, backed by our own stories of the experience. And we decided to send letters to all the Canadian authors we felt had an affinity for our type of community, asking for their help.
One of our replies was from Carrianne Leung, a fiction writer based in Toronto, who is visiting the library on June 4th at 6:00 to talk about her book, “That Time I Loved You.” Her second book, it explores life’s challenges through the eyes of a young Canadian of Chinese descent living in the late 1970’s Toronto. In the linked stories, Carrianne talks about how not all our dreams come true, and some people cannot go on seeking that promised happiness.
I could relate to that time period, moving from a rented place at Yonge and Davisville to our first home at Weston Road and Finch —where cows were still grazing. Carrianne’s characters are from different ethnic backgrounds, but very recognizable as people you have met, or they have emotional challenges you remember. Both the adults and young people experience that period of time when you change from being an “immigrant” to becoming a “Canadian” living behind curtained windows and tidy lawns in the suburbs, trying to be true to yourself.
Please join us at the library on June 4th at 6:00 to meet this generous author and make her feel at home amongst us.