The Story Reno Studio

Attention new generation writers living and working on the margins...


The Story Reno Studio is a 12-week intensive literary development series for new generation writers living and working on the margins. The series is open to writers working in any literary discipline who want to evolve a rough draft (or even an idea) into a polished manuscript. Writers will receive comprehensive mentorship in developing story, character, voice, plot, and style, and will have the opportunity to have their work constructively critiqued, and to critique the work of other writers in a supportive environment.

In addition to group workshops, offsite editorial and developmental consultation will be available.


The Story Reno Studio is for writers who:

  • Are 15 - 29 years old;
  • Identify as living and working on the margins, and experience barriers to pursuing their literary careers;
  • Reside in the Greater Toronto Area;
  • Have little or no publishing history, and have not received funding for their work;
  • Are dedicated to their literary practice and are able to commit to the entire 12-week process;
  • Have a rough draft, a work in progress, or an idea for a literary piece that they wish to develop over the 12-week process.

*The Story Reno Studio is intended for writers working in literary disciplines. This includes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, personal essays, memoir, stage or radio drama, spoken word, and intersectional or genre-defying literature. (No opinion pieces, academic articles, joke books, calendars, etc.)

Time and Location:

Workshops will be held at

SKETCH (Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. Lower Level) 

every Tuesday from April 21st to July 7  

6 - 8 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided


To apply, please answer the following questions

(keep it short--just a few sentences--point form is ok): 


Email application to


CUE will get back to you to let you know whether your application was successful.


After the Story Reno Studio

Workshop participants will be eligible to apply for a CUE Writer's Bursary at the end of the series. These $500 bursaries include 3 months of artistic and career consultation with a publishing industry professional. Bursaries will only be available to participants of the Story Reno Studio. 


Facilitated by Whitney French

ABOUT WHITNEY: Whitney French is a storyteller and literacy advocate. She is a certified arts educator working in schools, community centres, prisons, group homes, and First Nations' reserves. Her debut collection 3 Cities was self-published in April 2012, and her poetry has been anthologized in The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House, 2012). Whitney is the founder and co-editor of the nationwide publication From the Root Zine.

ABOUT CUECUE is a radical arts initiative dedicated to supporting new generation artists who live and work on the margins. Since 2008, CUE has provided over $220,000 to support the creation of 219 art projects in multiple disciplines. In 2014, CUE was named the winner of the Arts for Youth award at the Mayors' Arts Lunch.

This project is made possible with support from: