Are you an immigrant or refugee woman with a story to tell?

What We're Doing Now

September 17, 2021


Join The Shoe Project in Calgary this Fall


October 13, 2021 – January 31, 2022

10 writing workshop meetings via Zoom 6:00 to 8:30 pm on Wednesdays

Drama & voice coaching in December and January


What will we do?

Twelve women will work with Calgary author Barb Howard to create a 600-word personal memoir about their journey to Canada. The writing component is followed by voice coaching with performance artist and choreographer Denise Clarke, and a public performance.


Are we looking for you?

  • Are you a woman (aged 18 to 80) who has immigrated to Canada as an adult? Did you learn English as a second language and are now at a mid-intermediate to high-intermediate level? (If you went through the Canadian school system, you likely don’t )
  • Do you want to tell your story? Are you interested in other women’s stories? Are you motivated to learn to write expressively and speak publicly in English?
  • Did your past career have something to do with language – therapist, librarian, journalist? Or the arts? For many of our members this is the case, but we work with scientists, baristas, nannies, cleaners, and stay-at-home wives and
  • Recent participants have come from Syria, Peru, South Sudan, Congo, Taiwan, China, Iraq, Iran, Bangladesh, Philippines, Tibet, Japan, Romania …


Participation demands commitment; the program pays $400 for the right to publish completed stories.


How to apply: Please contact Aya Mhana before September 24, 2021 to apply, or for more information. Applicants are interviewed and then selected. Interviews will be held in the last week of September


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.