Hot Ink magazines on table (Credit: Volunteer Richmond)

“Hot Ink”- Creating Writing is a Richmond school-based writing group for young adults (that identify as women Grade 8-12). The program aims to provide young women Grade 8-12 with a forum to develop and express their unique voice, acknowledge and validate that voice, and encourage participation in dialogue with others. It includes activities that allow participants to practice their writing skills, challenge themselves, think creatively, develop teamwork skills, and take charge of their lives. The program highlights the encouragement of freedom of expression, self-confidence, and critical thinking.  

The program’s content emphasizes the importance of learning while having fun and diversity in teaching approaches that value young women’s interests. It is conducted in traditional workshops with fun writing exercises to shake off and let go of all the mental clutter accumulated throughout the school day. Exercises such as poetry scavenger hunts, folklore creating, and fill-in-the-blanks poetry are designed to help develop an interest in creative writing and poetry. Exercises such as story chain, group writing, and writing correlations focus on group work and leadership building. These group activities also allow participants to make friends and connect with others in the community. Other exercises such as emotion-evoking poetry and letter-to-self focus on helping young women learn new coping styles to express their feelings. We believe that creative writing offers young women a unique experience to express their thoughts and curiosity. It allows young women to clarify their emotions while boosting their imagination and “thinking outside the box.” Through creative writing, Hot Ink has helped many young women to alleviate stress and strengthen their self-identity. 


Summer 2023 Dates (6 sessions on Saturdays): 

  • July 22 and 29
  • August 2, 12, 19 and 26

Time: 10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Location: Richmond Public Library – Brighouse Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC (Google Maps)

Please email us at or call us at 604-279-7060 if you have any questions.

View and download the latest publication, Hot Ink 2021: