Shoes and Transforming Lives

Veteran to Newcomer, Page to Stage


How?  We empower women by teaching advanced English writing skills. We follow it with voice training and experience in public performance. 

What?  The Shoe Project holds writing workshops, exhibits and performances in which immigrant women tell their stories of arrival in, and adaptation to, a Canadian community through the lens of a pair of shoes.
Who?  Senior Canadian novelists and theatre artists share their skills with newcomers.
Why shoes?  Shoes cross cultures and are rich with stories.
Can you contribute? Yes: https://ccla.org/give/

News and Events

Standing Room Only V Participants

The Shoe Project Story

Listen to Waad El Bittar's beautiful story about emptying her shoe closet before leaving her beloved Damascus. Waad is interviewed by Monica Kidd, Calgary broadcaster and writer.


The Shoe Project is open to new members!

Are you an immigrant or refugee woman and interested in a 10-week writing workshop?

Find out more and how to apply.


The Shoe Project Presents Folktales & Shoe Stories

As part of the 2017 Storytelling Festival in Toronto, Shoe Project Alumnae brought their favourite true stories and folktales to share. Learn about the participants.


Read The Shoe Project's first newsletter.

Meet our Members

Khujesta
Each month we will feature one of our members.

This month we present Khujesta Sadri.

Q: What does Canada mean to you in three words?
A: Security, freedom, higher education. 

Meet our featured member and read her story.