BIPOC Art Writing Workshops

If we have been made painfully aware of the lack of representation of people of color in the industries that tell us stories, we should also be aware of the lack of representation of people of color in the places where we make meaning of those stories. … Art is our mirror — in which we can confront our beautiful, our bad and our ugly. Critics refuse to look away, and they insist that we join them.

Elizabeth Méndez Berry


Facilitated by BIPOC writers for BIPOC writers, the goal of this workshop series is to support and grow art and culture writing in the city by people who are part of BIPOC communities. The hope is that these workshops will strengthen networks and local writing communities so that there will be more art and culture writing by BIPOC folks published in Winnipeg and Canada.

Fall 2018

This series was offered for the first time in Fall 2018 with three acclaimed art and culture writers from Canada and the US. Over a three month period Aruna D’Souza, Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai, and David Garneau ran workshops with exercises, discussion, and feedback that were designed to give writers of all levels, whether aspiring or published, the skills, information, and support to write about exhibitions and other cultural events.

This series was funded by Creative Manitoba, University of Winnipeg Institute for Women & Gender Studies, and aceartinc.


  • See Aruna D’Souza’s reading list for BIPOC writers.
  • The opening quote was taken from an article by Elizabeth Méndez Berry that appeared in Hyperallergic earlier this year.

Why Cultural Critics of Color Matter