Bridges to Justice/Memoir as a Tool for Movement Building
Free Online Community Workshops
For People Who Have Always Wanted to Write
Coming from Near and Far
Starting the Week of June 8th
Writers from Long Island, South Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania come together online for a daylong retreat.
There is urgency now, as never before with the spread of the pandemic, around the restoration of the core human values of empathy, compassion and inclusion - in our world, in our nation and in our communities. In a nation founded on equality and justice for all, those words that we speak to one another at the end of each television broadcast, personal phone call or email, “Stay and well,” have radically different meanings for different communities, based on the ever present inequities, which are growing more pronounced with each passing day.
Wednesdays 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Whether you are sheltering in place, and suddenly inspired to write a story that had been growing inside you for years, or on the front line of response, experiencing the need to tell your story right away, we invite you to join one of our online community workshops, coming whenever you can. Now is the time when the geography of this long island of ours no longer matters, and people from many places and walks of life can truly come together.
Come once or twice, to tell a particular story that needs to be told. Or use Herstory's unique approach to pursue a book-length project. Special techniques will be used to generate powerful short pieces, wherever the shifting political landscape leads us to use memoir to resist injustice, restore dignity and give voice to our common humanity.
It is a time when all of our voices are needed, and when we need one another’s voices more than ever, as each of our stories becomes part of a larger tapestry to give power, resilience and hope.
If you have questions, please email Milady Gonzalez, Herstory’s program associate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Participation will be capped at 15 per session so that it is necessary to register in advance. If a session is full you will be put on a waiting list. We ask you to confirm your registration an hour before each session in order to receive the ZOOM invitation for that day, so that people on the waiting list may be served.
Coming in Fall 2020
BRIDGES TO JUSTICE/MEMOIR AS A TOOL FOR MOVEMENT BUILDING
Herstory Writers Workshop and the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook invite you to join a 12-week campus/community workshop with the goal of generating stories that will advance the movement for equity, inclusion and justice at this time when every one of our voices is needed to protect our most basic human rights. Write with neighborhood elders, young Dreamers, organizational activists, legislators, and college students, so that together we can shape our words to change hearts, minds and policy, one story at a time.
Work with Herstory fellows to tell a particular story that needs to be told. Or use Herstory's unique approach to pursue a book-length project. Special techniques will be used to generate powerful short pieces, wherever the shifting political landscape leads us to use memoir to resist injustice, restore dignity and give voice to our common humanity. If you have questions, please email email@example.com
Location: Stony Brook University (or online if needed)
Humanities Building- Main Campus, behind parking garage
Room HUM 1008
Meeting every Tuesday morning - February 4th through May 7th
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WRITING FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE
In 2019, the Criminology Program at Hofstra University created an experimental module where people returning from decades in prison spent nine weeks writing side by with criminology students. It has now become a permanent part of Hofstra's curriculum for those in training to work with the incarcerated and for criminal justice reform. "I have never had a class that helped me change how I see the world," one student wrote upon the graduation of the second cohort.
As a new semester begins, we invite people who have experienced incarceration, alternatives to incarceration, gun violence and domestic violence to join our third cohort of writers for criminal justice reform. The world needs your stories, as does the criminal justice field. Taught by Victoria Roberts. Meeting Wednesdays at Hofstra University from
6:30- 8:30 pm starting February 26th. To find out more about the program, please contact Liena.Gurevich@Hofstra.edu.