New Shoots 2022

During 2021 and due to the pandemic, our writer mentors had to move their workshops online, so we built an intuitive, interactive, private forum where students could choose between four creative writing workshops.

Poetry – WRDPNTRS: Looking at Art, Looking Back with Words
Fiction – IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS: Characters, Narrators, Dialogue, and Revision
Lyrics – SEED TO SONG: From Musicals to Rap to Punk
Script-Writing – SCRIPTREMIX: A Journey Across Genres and Forms

This successful transition to the online format taught us many lessons that we may put into practice again if health and safety measures prevent us from going back into schools. However, our aim for 2022 is to return to the in-person New Shoots experience. We hope mentors and students will be able to meet in person again, but will continue to follow VSB health and safety guidelines, and plan accordingly.

The 2022 New Shoots program is now underway, but schools are invited to express their interest in the program throughout the year. Our mentor selection and school placement process usually takes place between the months of September and November. If you are a teacher and would like to participate in the program, please contact us at

We look forward to seeing mentors, students and teachers soon.