Since 2001, Lindsay Zier-Vogel has been teaching writing and movement workshops in the community and in schools. She has worked with hundreds of students to find their own creative voices and create their own works of art.
From poetry to fiction, contemporary dance workshops and hand-bound books to community-based love letters, Lindsay encourages students from kindergarten to adults to create without judgment, promoting the accessibility of language-based art.
She was the Program Director for Word-Play's Writing in the City creative writing program for Grade 6 students in Toronto from 2019-2022, and was a professor in Humber College's Professional Writing post-grad program. She has also taught creative writing through the Toronto Public Library system with funding from the Ontario Arts Council.
She also leads workshops and readings based on her picture book, Dear Street, for schools.
If you would like to host a writing workshop or have Lindsay speak about her picture book, novel, the writing process, community engagement or The Love Lettering Project at your event, school or book club, please contact Lindsay at [email protected].
My students were thrilled to take part in Lindsay's workshop. They were engaged and enthusiastic throughout the workshop, brainstorming about what they loved about their neighbourhoods and communities and writing their letters. It was a great creative writing exercise, and even got the most reluctant writers writing. Lindsay has a gift to engage and connect with those around her to find their creativity and express themselves in their own unique ways. Her workshop was powerful and transformative for both the students and for me and my fellow educators."
—Teacher with Waterloo Regional District School Board
The energy and passion Lindsay brings to the lessons "hooks" us in as students immediately and keeps us engaged throughout. There is something really powerful about having an instructor who is so supportive, so incredibly personable and so full of life!"
— Humber College Professional Writing Program student
My students and I love chatting with Lindsay! She is honest and open about her process, and inspiring to young writers with the real-world story of how she found success as a writer. She is fun and engaging and kept my students laughing.
— English teacher at Leaside CI
It is evident that Lindsay comes to the role with a wealth of experience and a thorough understanding of what it is she is teaching, PLUS an ability to offer constructive feedback in a genuine, supportive, and emotionally-safe way."
— Humber College Professional Writing Program student
Lindsay is a fun and engaging teacher, and I enjoyed her classes immensely. She clearly puts a lot of time and care into the content and structure of her classes. A highlight of the courses was the writing assignments, which stretched and challenged me in just the right ways. I believe that my writing has really improved through her courses. Not only am I comfortable with different forms of writing, but I am more able to think outside the box in figuring out the clearest and most effective ways of expressing ideas. Her feedback was meaningful and supportive.”
—Rebecca Weigand, Humber College Professional Writing Program student
Writing the City', the 8-week writing workshop facilitated by Lindsay created great value to me namely: 1: to be a good writer, one has to practice a lot so since starting the workshop, I resolved to write at least 120 words of poetry or prose daily; 2: to pay more attention and appreciate this wonderful city I live in; and 3: I was able to release, via ink on paper, some overwhelming emotional burden brought about by sick parents. Well done, and very much appreciated."
Lindsay is an incredible instructor and mentor; she genuinely connects with her students and personally helped me succeed both in the program and in stepping into my field and securing a job. Attending her class was always the highlight of my week, she brought a bright collaborative energy and an amazing sense of humor to the virtual classroom. Lindsay’s experience in writing was invaluable, particularly when subject matter was challenging, or the students were struggling with a something. It was obvious in those moments that she was invested in our success. I can honestly say she made grant writing interesting and fun, which if you know anything about grant writing, is a hugely impressive feat!"
—Kimberley Dewing, Humber College Professional Writing Program student
This experience has affected me deeply and that, in turn, has had a wonderful spillover effect on my family. Top of the list is the creator/leader of our group. Individual attention was abundant. The pace was suitable for the experienced as well as novices like me. I felt empowered after this course. This helped all in my family to continue on with our care responsibilities. I can't say enough what a difference these eight weeks have meant to me."
I was a regular participant in this fall's 8-week "Writing the City" program that Lindsay Zier-Vogel led. It was a wonderful experience! Each and every time a new person came, or came and stayed for a couple of weeks, Lindsay welcomed each person with openness, respect, attention, and kindness. I was/am unbelievably impressed with Lindsay's equanimity during these particular situations, but was impressed and humbled by her in this way throughout the 8 weeks of class."