Workshops

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"LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX, BAY-BEE!" Umm, actually, no, I think we've talked about sex enough! In this writing workshop, instead of having "sexy" discourse around HIV/AIDS we'll be discussing the ways in which HIV/AIDS remains a form of state-sanctioned violence. We will look at how race, gender, class, and the "medical industrial complex" informs how we talk, treat, and live with HIV as we all work towards creating language to being "poz."

HIV & The State: Coalition Building Beyond The Condom

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a workshop / reading series which brings together personal writing, contemporary conversations around HIV/AIDS, and research from the In the Life Archive (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). At the core of the workshop is a question around how can conversations surrounding HIV & Aids from the past help us create new discussions in the present and prepare for a better future?

THE PAST PREPARES US FOR A BETTER FUTURE

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This series is an opportunity for Black writers to hone their skills in the genre of creative nonfiction, while also preparing them for the predominantly white publishing world. The series will touch on topics such as the Fundamentals of Pitching, Essay Writing in Digital Spaces 101, Managing Black Radical Politics in the Anti-Black Publishing World, How to Maintain the Integrity of your Experience While Never Neglecting your Creativity, and more. 

this series is an opportunity for both emerging and seasoned Black writers to further develop their storytelling abilities through group discussion, writing exercises, and individual assignments.

Word to Everything...

 
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This talk/workshop poses questions centered around the notion and practice of abolition. Why is prison and police abolition necessary? How do we enact abolition on a practical, every day level? What are alternatives for safety? In a world rifled with anti-Blackness, white-supremacy, and queer antagonism, the question "What are you abolishing?" is as much a call to arms as it is an inquiry.

What Are You Abolishing?: Prison/Police Abolition in Action

 
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This is a

poetry writing workshop that focuses on building craft, and artistic voice. In this workshop participants will be exposed to the work of contemporary poets doing exciting things on the page, today. After the presentation and discussion of the artist work participants will have 15 minutes to respond to a prompt formulated from the text. Once writing time is over participants will be given a chance to share their work and get communal feedback.

Writing Across Spectrum

 
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We've all had that moment! When you reveal to someone that you're a performance artist (rapper, poet, singer, actor, etc.) and their first response is, "Lemme hear somthin'." Now you are presented with one of two options: ignore their request and instead inform them that your art comes with a price or.......... LET THEM HEAR SOMETHIN'. This workshop is birthed out of a desire to prepare you should you choose the latter! While attending this performance workshop you will be pushed to "turn it on" no matter the environment. Whether on a stage, in a classroom, in a busy train cart, "Lemme Hear Somethin" will equip you with the tools you'll need to be authentic and true every time you open yourself up to share your art.

Slam School: Lemme Hear Somthin'