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Climate Crisis: Our Future, Our Story


A free writing and publishing workshop for youth aged 14-19 

Date: Saturday, October 26th & Sunday, October 27th

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Mount Saint Vincent University, McCain 302

Good writing tells a story. Stories create change.


The world is waking up to the climate and ecological crisis. Youth are leading the way – but mainstream media has lagged behind. 

We need more writing and reporting on the climate crisis!


We need journalists to explain the science and politics in everyday terms. We need essayists in town halls and schools, on beaches and mountaintops. We need fiction-writers to craft unforgettable plots and characters. We need poets to create metaphors that sting and motivate.


We need you!


Join Understorey Magazine and the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice for a two-day workshop on writing and publishing about the climate crisis. Work with authors, editors, journalists, and poets to learn the craft of writing, including journalism, memoir, essay, fiction, and poetry.


Participants will have the opportunity to continue working with facilitators after the workshop to edit their work and create an online space for publishing.

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Space is limited. To register for the workshop please click here »

*** Virtual access is available for those who would like to attend the workshop but reside outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality. 

Organisers, Facilitators, & Guest Speakers

Katherine Barrett is editor-in-chief of Understorey Magazine. She has a graduate degree in environmental ethics and is a writer of short fiction and creative nonfiction.

Joan Baxter is a journalist and award-winning author. Her most recent book is The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest.

Susie Brigham is chair of the Alexa McDonough Institute. She specialises in lifelong learning and works closely with the African Nova Scotia community, women’s refugee groups and other community organizations for women and girls.

Erica Butler researches and writes on transportation and urban issues for the Halifax Examiner. She also studies economics.

Lyza Ells is a high-school student in Antigonish. She was involved in drafting Canada's first Children's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and is currently head of Students Advocating for a Greater Environment at her school.

Guyleigh Johnson is a poet and author of Expect the Unexpected and Afraid of the Dark. She works with youth groups in Halifax and Dartmouth.

Cassandra MacDonald is a graduate student and the organiser of the annual Girls Conference at Mount Saint Vincent University, as well as many other events.

Linda Pannozzo is a journalist and award-winning author of The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: An Investigation into the Scapegoating of Canada's Grey Seal.  

Chaz Garraway is a Civil Engineering student at Dalhousie University. He is involved in many climate initiatives, locally and internationally, and recently spoke at the UN Sustainable Development Goals Action zone at the UN Headquarters in New York.