lIVING IN THE HYPHEN: A writing workshop for bipoc youth
Are you a young Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Colour (BIPOC) between the ages of 18-25 living in the Greater Toronto Area? Are you an aspiring writer or someone who’s curious to explore the world of words? Do you want to share your story of living in between cultures?
We’re partnering with our lovely friends at Firefly Creative Writing to bring you Living in the Hyphen - a free writing workshop made for BIPOC youth of all writing levels. We’ll be exploring our hyphenated identities as individuals who call Canada home but who may have roots in different, often faraway places!
We’ve designed this workshop to be intimate, jam-packed with writing, and simply magical! We’ll give you writing prompts to spark your creativity and give time and space to share your story in a safe and positive environment. We’ll have paper, pens, tea, snacks, and a whole lot of encouragement! Oh, and every participant will receive a free copy of our inaugural issue to jump start even more inspiration for your future writing!
We’re only accepting eight participants for this workshop so that we can leave lots of time for connection, attention, and listening! Be sure to apply as soon as possible, no writing experience necessary.
When: Sunday, April 14th @ 1-4 p.m.
Where: Firefly Creative Writing Studio at 1898 Danforth Ave, just West of Woodbine station.
**This space is accessible and barrier-free!
MEET JENNA - OUR WORKSHOP FACILITATOR!
Jenna’s writing journey began with a devastating knee injury which opened her to the world of writing. She carried on to study journalism, which dropped her right in the heart of Ottawa’s spoken word community. Through spoken word, she started to walk towards her fears, break silences and find her voice. These little steps led her to national stages, including TEDx, Parliament Hill and the “Walrus Talks” series, where she’s had the opportunity to encourage others to see the power of their stories as tools for self-reflection, healing and survival. Jenna walks with a range of identities as a queer woman of colour. Her own writing dives into the complexities of identity, relationships and finding her way home.
This workshop is supported by the Government of Canada, TakingITGlobal, and Canada Service Corps through their #RisingYouth Community Service grants. Thanks to their generous support, we've been able to compensate our talented workshop facilitator, as well as gift complimentary copies of 'Entrances & Exits' to all participants.
We want to extend a huge thank you to the Government of Canada, TakingITGlobal, and Canada Service Corps for their support of our diverse voices in Canadian arts and literature! We also want to thank Firefly Creative Writing for generously donating their warm and cozy studio and being an early supporter of our work!