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Writing Workshops
Writing and Wellness Wo

"Writing : A return to ourselves"


The workshops that I have lead encourage women, men, and children to engage with the practice of letter writing, a form of writing that promotes reflection, awareness, and connectedness with ourselves and others.  The framework of workshops is focused on enhanced listening, learning, engaging, acknowledging, and reflection of our inner selves, our personal stories and experiences, our contemplations and memories on struggles and joys, hopes and losses, traumas and dreams, love and death, and other experiences that define our humanity. 

Creative and unique, the workshops take place in a shared safe space toward meaningful reconnections with ourselves and others. This pedagogical, memories-based, narrative activity runs in single or multiple sessions with individuals and groups. Sessions begin with the introduction of theoretical and historical notions around writing. Practical activities are integrated into discussions. New workshops in 2023 include partnerships with Le Monastère des Augustines (Québec City) and La Maison de la Culture de Côte-des-Neiges (La Ville de Montréal).

Mission Statement: The workshop series, "Our Creative Selves - Reconnecting with Ourselves through Letters," encourages the fundamental practices of listening, learning, engaging, acknowledging, and reflecting through the art of letter writing and the telling and sharing of life experiences with the aim of better reconnecting with ourselves and others.

Recent Events

October 2021

LETTERS - A Performance on Love Letters and Migration

Baffignac, Tarn, France

This short film features the reading, narration, music and dance of love letters written in a transnational context involving a young woman's migration to Montreal, Canada and her fiancé in Venice, Italy in the years 1948-1949. The letters come alive through readings in Italian and French performed by Sonia Cancian and Michel Peterson. The performed letters are drawn from the book, With Your Words in My Hands: The Letters of Antonietta Petris and Loris Palma, by Sonia Cancian (McGill-Queen's University Press 2021). The performance was held at La Grange, a culture and arts centre in Baffignac, Tarn in France in October 2021.

April - June 2021

Workshops and Discussions

PHI Centre, Montreal, Canada

When was the last time you sealed a reflection in a letter? What if, we harnessed time for a moment, and took our favourite ink and paper to write a (love) letter—a letter that gives voice to the stories of our freedoms, our joys, and our fears. What stories would we tell?

Stories are powerful gateways for understanding the experiences of others. Led by Dr. Sonia Cancian, A (Love) Letter to You - explores narratives of human intimacy and presence composed in handwritten and email correspondence in an era dominated by social media, virtual worlds, and isolation.

*Participants were encouraged to describe an experience, a reflection, story, a dream, a wish to an unknown correspondent (a stranger) by dropping one off in person at PHI Centre Reception, or by sending a scanned, photographed, hand-written or typed letter to

The pen was an archaic instrument, seldom used even for signatures, and he had procured one, furtively and with some difficulty, simply because of a feeling that the beautiful creamy paper deserved to be written on with a real nib instead of being scratched with an ink-pencil. Actually, he was not used to writing by hand. Apart from very short notes, it was usual to dictate everything into the speak-write which was, of course, impossible for his present purpose. He dipped the pen into the ink and then faltered for just a second. A tremor had gone through his bowels. To mark the paper was the decisive act. In small clumsy letters, he wrote: April 4th, 1984.

George Orwell

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