Spurring the Spoken Word


Omar Musa, a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper, and poet kicked off the entire festival. We were so thrilled he joined us all the way from Queanbeyan, Australia to regale us with his melodic spoken word readings—even weathering the unusually frigid April temperatures . . .

DD at Spur

Spur Festival

Diaspora Dialogues is pleased to announce it’s programmed a number of established and emerging spoken word artists and poets to open Spur Toronto’s panels. Omar Musa will be reading his work at the opening session of Spur festival on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m . . .

Growing Rootless


What impact do you expect the dramaturgy program to have on you as a playwright and on Rootless? As a playwright I am interested in the learning and growth that I will experience in solo work . . .

Planting the Seeds

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This mentorship program is a stepping stone in my writing career. As someone who has been teaching herself the craft of short stories by reading other authors, I have been searching for one-on-one professional guidance tailored specifically to my stories for a very long time . . .

Journey into Unknown Territory

This is first time I am writing a play (outside of my youth work) so to get feedback, mentorship and to learn from those that write in the classical tradition is extremely valuable as they come in with a different set of eyes than my physical theatre/collective creation background . . .

Finding Rahki

For the past few years, I’ve been writing my novel with a lot of support, but not much guidance. I’ve gotten as much as I can from creative writing courses and how-to books for the time being . . .

Toward Agreement in dis.chord

I worked on dis.chord as my thesis for the University of Guelph-Humber’s MFA in Creative Writing program, and the awesome Russell Smith served as my advisor. The structure, support and accountability of that mentorship was immensely helpful . . .