Meaning Makers is an experiment. 

It’s a 10-week collaboration toward a creative environment.

It’s a group of university-aged people (18-25) exploring their spirituality and the craft of writing. 

Instead of a syllabus, they will follow each other’s questions, support each other’s projects, and learn from whatever each brings. Exactly what happens in a group? Depends on who’s in it!

Who is a Meaning Maker?

  • I am curious about how others write
  • I am curious about how people live out their faith
  • I am excited by conversations about reading, writing, or creativity
  • I am open to new ideas 

If this sounds like you, consider joining the Meaning Makers experiment.

What’s involved?

Connect with about six other young adults from across Canada. You’ll join a one hour video call once a week for 10 weeks. The average agenda will be collectively crafted in one of the first weeks and may include:

  • writing experiments
  • deep discussions
  • knowledge sharing
  • opportunities for feedback
  • levity and laughter

Between calls you’ll want to read and write things that interest you. You’ll be strongly encouraged to develop regular rhythms of creative input and output, but the what and how much will be up to you.

The next cohort will be offered September to November 2023. Exact dates and times TBA. 

How much writing experience should I have?

In the same group, some write things for many to read and some write only for themselves. Your experience is far less important than your commitment to building a safe space for everyone, wherever they are in their spiritual or creative journey.

What will we write?

Whether you write poems, stories, essays, lyrics, or academic papers, your words are welcome. Bring what you’re passionate about—and maybe you’ll try something new too. 

About your hosts

Sarah: A planner of parties, a learner, an editor. As I bike and hike all over Hamilton, ON, I love writing about the people and places I encounter. They are teaching me to pray and recognize God in the ordinary.

Questions about Meaning Makers? Email Sarah

Deb: A second gen immigrant who grew up on the east coast of Canada. A creative at heart. I’ll pick up anything to find new ways of expressing who I am. Sometimes that happens through words in my journal, the tip of a paintbrush, the lens of my camera, or deep conversations. 

Power to Change – Students: A Christian organization helping post-secondary students in Canada take their next step toward Jesus. In Meaning Makers we want everyone to share about their spirituality, and for us that centres on Jesus.

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