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Takes Herstory Into the Next Quarter Century


The notion of passing along the dare to care-- at the heart of Herstory’s mission and work--  is deceptively simple.  The pedagogy and way of life that has grown up around it, touching thousands, is multi-faceted and profound.   

Our training program began informally, in 2004, when a handful of workshop members began to work with our founder to articulate tools that would exchange a collective study of what creates empathy in a reading stranger for more conventional approaches to narrative practice.   Little did any of us know, when the facilitators began to work in the jails and with women writing in Spanish, that almost 20 years later we would have a formalized training institute, in partnership with the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University and the national Coalition for Community Writing, creating an ever expanding network of workshops in the schools, in the jails, and in the community,  reaching out locally, nationally, and even beginning to reach out nationally.

We are honored to name our training institute after Amy Maiello Hagedorn, who was present as a writer when the seeds for the training program were sown, in celebration of all she contributed to the movement for justice and equity on Long Island and to Herstory’s vision and growth.  Our world wouldn’t be the same without her,  and all that she has given to us all.  

They began to apply their discoveries to working with women in the county jails and Spanish speakers who wanted to write in the language of their memories and dreams,  and soon magazine, and then books were born.   

25th Anniversary Events Archive

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Virtual Summer Reading Series

Please submit by this Friday to our third theme, "After My Protest"

Whispers in My Head: Monday, June 14, 2021, 12-1:30 pm EDT

Behind My Mask: Sunday, July 18, 2021, 5-6:30 pm EDT

After My Protest: Date and time TBD

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Testify: Memoir as a Tool for Building a Movement

Where Campus and Community Meet 

​Monday, April 19th, 4-5:30 PM EST, via ZOOM

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Civil Rights and the Moments That Made Us

Right Time, Right Movement/ Civil Rights Stories from One Generation to the Next

​Saturday, March 20th, 3:30- 5:30 PM EST, via ZOOM

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Suffolk County Women

Hear Our Voices/ Share Your Spirit and Strength

​Wednesday, March 24th, 6:30 PM EST

Thursday, March 25th, 6:30 PM EST

via ZOOM and Suffolk County Facebook Live

To watch a recording from either night of the event, click one of the dates below.

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Fund for the Future

Help us realize our dream of creating community writing circles throughout Long Island and beyond, while training a nationwide network of workshop facilitators trained to answer the call of the moment, one story at a time.

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