Nasty. Fierce. Intersectional.


The 2017 Summer and Fall workshops have finished.

The Fierce AF Intersectional Feminist Writers' Workshops and Speakers' Series

Add your voice to our community:

Learn to empower yourselves and your readers and be unapologetic in your approach.

This is an opportunity to unpack the craft of writing in the context of intersectional feminism.

Participate in short lectures and engaging discussions on writing and intersectionality as we work through a variety of writing prompts and exercises that encourage you to dig deep.

Deepen your craft:

  • Review and implement new writing techniques that improve the overall quality of your writing
  • Learn to integrate intersectional and fierce language into future pieces
  • Write meaningful pieces through an intersectional feminist lens
  • Work in groups to devise fully intersectional character-and story-arcs

Our featured speakers include:

Mandi Gray

Mandi creates accessible scholarship through art, film and writing. She is currently co-producing a documentary film titled Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial. Mandi was named one of NOW Magazine’s heroes of 2016 for her work on sexual violence.

Kai Cheng Thom

Kai Cheng is a writer, performer, therapist and thoroughly wicked woman who divides her time between Montreal and Toronto. She is the author of the Lambda Award-Nominated novel, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir (Metonymy Press), as well as the poetry collection a place called No Homeland. (Arsenal Pulp Press).  She is the winner of the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers.  

Naomi Sayers

Naomi is a fierce Indigenous feminist, influencer, writer, and educator. A future lawyer, she is passionate about working with Indigenous communities or organizations with an Indigenous focus. With her life experiences, Naomi enjoys inspiring others to make change possible in their world. Her work influences policy and law reform.

Akio Maroon

Akio is a dedicated Single Mother, an Educator, and an International Human Rights Advocate who identifies as a queer, gender-fluid Black Womxn. Akio has spent over 14 years in Human Rights advocacy. Read more.

Our workshops are designed to suit multiple skill levels, from new and aspiring writers and creatives to experienced freelance writers and established authors.

Join us. Make noise. Take up space. Be fierce!

Limited spots available.

Register now by clicking here!

Dates: Sept. 9 + 10

Time: 10 AM - 4 PM each day

Location: Alterna Savings Meeting Room, on the 4th floor of CSI Spadina @ 215 Spadina Ave., in the heart of downtown Toronto.

A workshop imagined, designed and facilitated by the founder and editor of Nasty Women's Press, Patty Hails.

Patty is a Toronto-based freelance writer, political news junkie and outspoken queer intersectional feminist. She's also the founder, owner and editor-in-chief of Nasty Women's Press. Follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Patty -

Just a quick note to say thank you again for convening such an important weekend of writing and learning. I feel more fire, more conviction, more curiosity.

Please extend my thank you to Naomi and Akio as well. What brilliant humans you have in your network.

So honoured to have been part of this inaugural group.

Much love,
— Denise Pinto: Placemaker, Writer, Creative Generalist