Conni Massing

We invited The Shoe Project mentors and coaches to respond to the following question: Why have you taken on this work? This is Conni Massing’s answer.


I was thrilled to receive an invitation last year to participate in the first Edmonton iteration of The Shoe Project, working as a writing mentor to the women in the group. I took on this work because I believe in the healing power of storytelling to expand the compassionate understanding our world so desperately needs. I wanted to do everything in my power to help these women share their remarkable experiences.

I am in awe of the courage that it takes to start a new life in a different country, far away from all that is familiar. Having met and worked with the 12 women in our group, bearing witness to their strength, intelligence and humour, I am even more awestruck.

What an honour to be involved—and how deeply humbling. Congratulations to The Shoe Project for a decade of life-changing work.


Conni Massing is an award-winning writer working in theatre, television and film. Stage credits include Matara and The Invention of Romance as well as her widely produced adaptations of W.O. Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid and Bruce Allen Powe’s The Aberhart Summer. Conni has many publications to her credit, including six plays and a comic memoir, Roadtripping: On the Move with the Buffalo Gals. Her writing has been recognized by AMPIA, the Academy of Cinema and Television, the Betty Mitchell Awards, the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards.

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