Creative Writing Workshop with Christina Hajjar
This creative writing workshop will be an intimate space of writing, sharing, and critical discussion around the theme of diaspora.
Participants will reflect on their own experiences of diaspora, displacement, hyphenated-Canadian identity, and/or first/early-generation Canadian identity. Any level of experience is welcome. No prior arts or writing practice is necessary.
This is a Cartae Open School workshop and it is free.
Please register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Creative Writing Workshop.”
Writing prompts and opportunity to draft 1-3 poems
Reading and discussing 2 short poems together
Antiracist decolonial feminist framework: Our thinking and discussion around the topics of home, space, and place is grounded in an understanding that non-Indigenous peoples benefit from stolen land and from ongoing colonization. It also means that we must be critical about the way situate ourselves within systems of power.
The facilitator: I am a first-generation Lebanese-Canadian. My work is grounded in the Lebanese diaspora, thinking through my parents’ life experiences, and through my own experiences of migration, culture, and intergenerational inheritance. As a queer white-passing working-class Arab artist, writer, and organizer, I aim to be critical about my relationship with being a settler of colour. Key questions in my work include: How do migratory and displaced peoples connect to home when home is often elusive, unavailable, changed, or gone? How do non-Indigenous peoples form more ethical relationships to land that has been stolen? www.christinahajjar.com
The venue: Unfortunately aceartinc. is not fully accessible. There are five stairs before reaching the elevator. Visit the website for more directions: https://www.aceart.org/contact-