Exploring Our Racialized Identities
A one-day life story writing workshop for People of Colour
Do you identify as a person of colour? Do you feel like your life stories are often forgotten or misrepresented in the mainstream? Are you longing to find a place to write and share your own true stories and to encourage other racialized folks to write and share theirs?
This one-day workshop is for people of colour who want to dive in and use writing to explore the many challenges of being racialized. We’ll use themes such as racism, white supremacy, microaggressions and intersectionality to express our voices and tell our stories. We’ll share lots and give and receive kind, thoughtful and supportive feedback on our work.
The goal of this class is to give space to people of colour to find their writing voices and explore themes that don’t get a lot of attention in predominantly white circles. Beginner and seasoned writers very welcome.
Here’s how it works:
We’ll meet at The Firefly Studio from 10-5 on Saturday July 27th. In the morning we’ll scribble up a storm, using writing prompts, images and other inroads to express different aspects of our journeys. As we wind down that segment of the workshop, we’ll look for one story in what we’ve created that wants more attention.
After lunch, we’ll slide together into an extended period of silence, to use the studio as a writing sanctuary and go deep with the story we’ve chosen to work on. There will be cookies, tea, and more writing prompts to call on if we get stuck. For the section of the workshop we’ll share what we wrote, providing each other with the encouraging feedback to keep moving on our writing journeys.
The group will be small to make lots of time for sharing and connection — seven participants plus a facilitator, Jenna Tenn-Yuk. We will provide snacks and tea. There are wonderful local places to grab lunch, or participants are welcome to bring their own.
This class is ideal for people who:
Identify as a “person of colour”, including Black and Indigenous people.
Want to write about their experiences living in the world as people of colour.
Are excited about exploring themes such as racism, white supremacy and intersectionality in a group.
Are motivated by the idea of sharing their writing in a small, supportive group with other people of colour.
Want to integrate writing more deeply into their lives.
Love the idea of a whole day to explore their own lives.
Thrive in small, cozy groups (we cut this off at 7 participants).
You can expect to walk away with:
Lots of pieces of writing in rough-draft form.
Writing tools and practices to carry you forward.
Writing tricks and warm-ups you can use anytime.
Countless ideas about where your writing might go next.
A clear sense of the story you want to write and the voice you want to write it in.
A care package to keep you writing flowing long after the workshop is over.
That sweet feeling of relief and accomplishment.
This class won’t be a perfect fit for people who:
Don’t want to share their writing with others.
Don’t want to explore and share their racialized identity.
Have already sketched out a manuscript and want to remain very focused on that one project.
Think their writing needs a harshly critical environment in order to thrive.
Saturday July 27, 10am-5pm
Facilitated by Jenna
The total fee for the day is $225 + HST.
We don’t want money to be a barrier to participation for our classes, but we know it can be. This is especially true for people facing marginalization. We have a small scholarship fund available, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis for anyone who needs it. Please let us know in your registration form if you’d like to apply. On the other hand if you’re able to contribute to our scholarship fund, click here.
To see our financial policies, click here.