PWM Writers’ Room Expands to Welcome d/Deaf writers

Starting on January 19, 2023, the Writers’ Room will include d/Deaf artist Sage Lovell, founder of Deaf Spectrum, as co-facilitator. Sage will join current hearing facilitators Corrina Hodgson and Fatma Sarah Elkashef in order for the Writers’ Room to welcome d/Deaf writers. 

PWM has been consulting with Sage to consider how to support a mixed group of d/Deaf and hearing artists, through facilitation and ASL-English interpretation. Sage will co-facilitate monthly ASL-accessible Writers’ Room sessions, at which there will be ASL-English interpreters. In order to meet everyone’s access needs, the facilitators of PWM’s Writers’ Room have co-created this set of guidelines and expectations for interacting as d/Deaf and hearing artists in our virtual space.

You can watch these guidelines in ASL here:


During the Writers’ Room gatherings we connect to catch up, speak about what we are working on, and share tools and inspiration. If you have not been able to write or are struggling with your practice, you are also welcome to join us.

UPCOMING WRITERS’ ROOM dates for 2023

NOT ASL-ACCESSIBLE 
January 5
February 2
March 2
March 16
April 13
May 11

ASL-ACCESSIBLE
January 19
February 16
March 30
April 27
May 25

ASL-ACCESSIBLE WRITERS’ ROOM SCHEDULE
10 am – 10:30 AM – check-in and Say Hi
1 pm – 2 PM – Lunch COnversation
DROP-IN HOURs — 11 am – 1 pm

Conversations pertaining to chronic illness, chronic pain, disability and other systemic barriers to creativity and creative practice are welcome in this space, particularly during our drop-in hours. The drop-in hours are between 11am – 1pm. We welcome you to stop by and chat about what you are working on with drop-in facilitator Corrina Hodgson. Sage will be joining Corrie during the ASL-accessible sessions.


The Writers’ Room takes place over ZOOM. Auto-generated captioning will be available for participants to turn on or off as they wish and facilitators will enable the multi-pin feature. 

To sign up for the Writers’ Room, fill out the Google Form through the link below to let us know you’re interested. You’ll be asked for a little information about yourself and to read our Safer Space guidelines. Once that’s done you’ll receive email notifications with details for each scheduled Writers’ Room, as well as access to our shared Google Calendar.


If you have any questions regarding accessibility, or require assistance with the form, please contact Heather accessibility@playwrights.ca. If you have any other questions about the Writers’ Room please contact Sarah sarah@playwrights.ca.

For more information about the Writers’ Room click here.