A story writing workshop that seeks to create harmony and understanding between different groups of people using creative expression as a medium. With the permission of the authors, stories are to be shared through a blog and social media with a public audience. Eventually, published, written copies of these stories may be drafted into a storybook for wider distribution.
Mental health, addiction and poverty are interwoven in a debilitating web of stigmatization, marginalization and struggle that impacts ourselves and our community on many levels. Understanding these social ills through our personal and community perspective is a crucial step towards creating meaningful dialogue and transformative action in making a safe, progressive and vibrant community. Storytelling and direct experiential connection can play a powerful role in de-stigmatizing common conceptions of mental health, addiction and poverty and can further an understanding of ourselves and the places we live in.
A structured two-hour process (three 30 minute blocks + breaks) that contains the following elements:
1a) Two facilitators responsible for guiding the process and helping any individuals struggling individually with the workshop.
1b) Introductions – “something about yourself”, “why you are here”, “what is it you hope to accomplish”, “what is the basis of our unity”?
2) Framing – How to structure a story, building a story based on your lived experience where you are the main character.
3) Writing – an hour and a half space for creating your story.
4) Group sharing – Sharing your story with the group.
5) Creating a simple biography about yourself as an author.
6) Feedback and evaluation of the workshop – completing an evaluation sheet and providing oral feedback.
7) Follow up – contact info taken for further sessions and information regarding a possible book launch as well as how and when the stories will be shared.
*Accompanied with two fifteen minute breaks and refreshments throughout. In exchange for their time all participants will receive a 20$ honorarium for participating as well as a gift certificate for footwear and socks sponsored by Frontrunners
An 8-10 person group consisting of people from the financial ‘mainstream’ and ‘fringe’ of society. The only pre-requisite is that the individual participating be literate.
Ongoing bi-weekly with alternating dates and times at the start and mid-way point of each month.
Anawim House, 973 Caledonia Avenue, Victoria BC
How to participate:
If you are interested in applying to take part in this workshop please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org