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Joy and Pain: Writing Workshop for Writers of Color

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Designed for writers of color, this creative writing workshop will explore pain, joy and triumph and celebrate our unique identities.

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In this creative writing workshop designed for writers of color participants, we will explore pain, struggle, joy, and triumph.

From COVID-19, to the loss of loved ones, to the mourning of “normal life,” to the ongoing protests for racial justice, people of color experienced particular trauma and grief during the past year. We have also experienced bursts of joy, hope, and healing.

During this five-week course, we will create a tapestry of memories and experiences of the things that bring us pleasure and happiness even in the midst of the storm, and we will celebrate those moments of joy that sustain us.

Each week, participants will discuss and create new writing in response to works of literature, music, dance, and visual art by artists of color. Participants will do in-class guided writing exercises, and develop a final class project on which they will receive feedback. Throughout the course, we will discuss avenues for publishing to help writers share their words with the world.

Class meets weekly on Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST. Class sessions are June 16, 23, 30 and July 14, 21. (No class on July 7). Workshop sessions will be held via Zoom video conferencing.

This workshop is designed for writers who identify as people of color. For writers who do not identify as people of color, please consider joining the Social Justice Writing Workshop.

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There is one scholarship award available for this workshop, which will provide a free tuition to this workshop. For instructions on applying for the scholarship, please use the Contact Organizer button (below) to send an email requesting the scholarship application.

Scholarship applications are due on midnight, Friday, May 28, 2021. Decisions will be made on Saturday, June 5, 2021. If an applicant who has registered should be awarded the scholarship, the tuition cost will be refunded.

About the Facilitator

The workshop series will be led by Willona M. Sloan, a writer, editor, and literary host from Washington, DC. She has published nonfiction, fiction, and poetry in numerous literary journals and publications. She is an alumna of the VONA Voices writing workshop for writers of color, as well as the Hurston/Wright and Winter Tangerine workshops.

Willona has taught workshops for several organizations in the U.S., Iceland and Canada, as well as virtual workshops with students in Serbia and Belgium.

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