The Writers’ Room

PLAYWRIGHTS’ WORKSHOP MONTRÉAL’s WRITERS’ ROOM IS A TWICE-MONTHLY ONLINE GATHERING OF PLAYWRIGHTS AND THEATRE CREATORS.

Facilitated Zoom meetings are designed for you to touch base during the day, in order to connect, share, and foster solidarity. This structured time is meant to mitigate the isolation of solo work. 

The Writers’ Room is facilitated by playwright and dramaturg Corrina Hodgson, dramaturg and PWM Artistic Director Fatma Sarah Elkashef, and artist and founder of Deaf Spectrum, Sage Lovell.

Sessions occur twice a month on Thursdays. Over the course of the day, we connect 3 times 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.

Once a month, Sage Lovell will co-facilitate ASL-accessible sessions to support a mixed group of d/Deaf and hearing artists. You can read more about our ASL-accessible Writers’ Room ici.

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


WRITERS’ ROOM SCHEDULE
10 AM – 10:30 AM — CHECK-IN AND SAY HI
DROP-IN HOURS – 11 AM – 1 PM
LUNCH CONVERSATION – 1 PM – 2 PM
4 PM – 4:15 PM – CHECK-OUT AND SAY BYE
ASL-ACCESSIBLE WRITERS’ ROOM SCHEDULE
10 AM – 10:30 AM – CHECK-IN AND SAY HI
DROP-IN HOURS – 11 AM – 1 PM
LUNCH CONVERSATION – 1 PM – 2 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, and can be found on our shared Google Calendar.

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 ASL-accessible sessions. You are also welcome to hang out and write if having a space where your work is witnessed serves you and your creative process.

CAN I ATTEND REGULAR CHECK-IN’S AND THE DROP-IN HOURS?

Yes! Absolutely.

You can attend the regular check-in times and stay for the drop-in hours.

You can come just for the drop-in hours (and you don’t have to stay for the whole time).

You can come just for the scheduled check-ins, or just one of them.

Whatever works for you!


The meetings take place over ZOOM. To join 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 Writer’s Room, as well as access to our shared Google Calendar, which lists our open drop-in hours.

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

Accessibility concerns are central to how we structure our programs, and we’ve learned a lot from our Accessibility Committee conversations. Click here to read more about the work done by PWM’s accessibility committee. The Writers’ Room is a community of practice and as such we expect all participants to support an inclusive environment for each other.


Corrina Hodgson is a QueerCrip playwright who recently returned to practice after her second spinal fusion left her with arachnoiditis. She understands the fundamental role that community plays in resiliency and is grateful for the community at the Writers’ Room.

Fatma Sarah Elkashef is a dramaturg and theatre maker focused on new play development and interdisciplinary creation. Born and raised in the U.K. to Egyptian and Dutch parents, she has been based in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) since 2010. 

Sage Lovell (they/she) is an artist, writer, and entrepreneur. Being Deaf, Queer, Disabled, and Neurodivergent; they are an artist who likes to work their magic, using different art mediums to shift perspective and spaces.