Reflections from our Summer Creative Storytelling Workshop

This summer, we gave birth to a 10-week online creative storytelling workshop, during which we worked with 31 brown womxn aged 17-48 in Ontario, across Canada and around the world to create and present a collection of personal ‘brown girl’ monologues on themes such as sex and sexuality, self love, body positivity, stolen histories, intergenerational trauma, mother-daughter relationships, belonging, forgiveness, re-discovery, and more!

During the months of July and August, alongside a stellar teaching, production, and mentorship team – made up entirely of folx of colour – we built a beautiful community of storytellers and sisters. Together, we tackled topics like intersectionality and anti-oppression, colour psychology, healing and reclamation; we developed and honed our skills in personal monologue creation; and we creatively played with sound, movement, and rhythm. Workshop participants created beautiful written pieces, videos, and artwork. Excerpts of these were presented during our virtual showcase on August 29th to a live audience of over 200 people joining us from across Canada and the globe!

A huge thank you to the Ontario Arts Council, to our community and artistic partners, and to all of our collaborators for supporting us this summer!

What are participants saying?

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“I've never really explored what it was like to be brown. Being able to be in this experience, surrounded with such a diverse group of brown womxn and encouraged to dig deep within myself and be vulnerable, was life-changing.”
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“I feel like this workshop has helped me step into myself. It has allowed me to embrace who I am, to unapologetically exist as a brown woman.”
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“From the bottom of my heart, I feel reborn. This year has been exhausting in so many ways for the world. I know it has been depleting for me personally. This has given me courage and support when I needed it most, replenished my power to continue lending my voice and presence to BLM, and to take up space as a powerful brown womxn.”
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“I feel an overwhelming, indescribable connection to the womxn on my screen, and I've never met them in real life. If that doesn't speak to the magic of this workshop, then I don't know what does.”
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“finally women i can be in community with and feel SO SEEN”
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“I learned a lot about what it means to tell my own personal story in a monologue style, it's something that I've never done before... Now, I'm starting to see myself more clearly in my writing.”
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“Surprisingly, I think the reason I felt so comfortable with this workshop was because it was digital. I felt comfortable being in my own space, but being able to connect with other people in the same situation. Thanks, COVID?”
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“I feel so fortunate to have been a part of this. It's like my mind dreamed up my ideal writing experience and the universe delivered it to me, with a sisterhood of amazing womxn as the icing on the cake.”
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