The Intrepid Pens DTES Reading & Writing Society (“The Pens”) provides literacy-based programming for residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Through a variety of programs, The Pens provides opportunities for guided writing and reading in the DTES because we believe in the power of storytelling (and the sharing, healing, and growing that result) as a real vehicle for change.

The Pens has been offering programming in the DTES since 2008. The group was incorporated under the Society Act on February 3, 2011 pursuant to the Society Act of British Columbia under Certificate No.S-57825, and registered with Canada Revenue Agency, Charities Directorate as a charitable organization effective February 25, 2011. The Society/Charity’s Business Number is 82113 5209 RR0001.

  1. Kaitlyn Gutteridge says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I am a member of a community organization on the DTES and am looking into the possibility of starting a book club with some of our friends from the community. I would appreciate any advice that you are willing to share. Would love to gain some insight from your experience.

    Please feel free to contact me at kegutteridge@gmail.com

    Thank you.

  2. Melanie says:

    Hi Amanda,
    We were both at the CACV workshop yesterday. I was hoping to get in contact with you regarding an opportunity for your participants. I can’t seem to find your info on this site.
    You may contact me at groups@vancouverplayhouse.com.
    Thank you,

  3. […] Read “Intrepid Pens Empower One Another Through Literacy” by Laura Kane at the Vancouver Sun. Visit Intrepid Pens: DTES Reading and Writing Society. […]

  4. Words to live by!

  5. Kate Lancaster says:

    So inspiring! Congratulations to all the women of Intrepid Pens with the courage to put their stories down on paper and share them. Thank you, Amanda, for your persistent patience, inspiration and devotion to this amazing group!

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