In this four-part workshop with Justine Abigail Yu, students will explore their diasporic identities through writing in the genre of their choice.
Identity, history, and home have layers; for many of us, they involve multiple geographies, two or more worlds. Join Justine Abigail Yu, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Living Hyphen, in this small-group, open-genre writing workshop for BIPOC individuals to explore—through storytelling—the lived experience of straddling multiple worlds and embodying hyphenated identities. Over the course of four sessions, we’ll examine the complexities of our diasporic identities through writing prompts, storytelling exercises, and discussion. We’ve designed this workshop to be intimate and generative, with writing prompts that will spark your creativity and give you the time and space to share your story in a safe and positive environment. In our final session, we’ll celebrate the work we’ve done together with a reading of our favorite stories.
No writing experience is necessary. Students should be ready to share their written work out loud. In an effort to ensure all students feel comfortable discussing and sharing their work, we will not be recording sessions.
This workshop series is facilitated through Living Hyphen, a magazine and community that is dedicated to exploring life in between cultures as hyphenated Canadians. Living Hyphen’s aim is to reshape the mainstream and to turn up the volume on voices that often go unheard. A portion of the proceeds from this course will go directly to Living Hyphen.
SYLLABUS AT A GLANCE
There are four total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for two hours on four consecutive Mondays beginning October 5.
Session 1 (Monday, 10/19, 7–9 PM ET): Living in the hyphen
Session 2 (Monday, 10/26, 7–9 PM ET): Love from afar
Session 3 (Monday, 11/2 - 7–9 PM ET): Across generations
Session 4 (Monday, 11/9, 7–8:30 PM ET): Storytelling night
Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account.
Justine Abigail Yu is a communications and marketing strategist whose expertise lies in growing organizations from the ground up through strategic digital marketing, compelling storytelling, and genuine community engagement. She is a fierce advocate for diversity and ethics in marketing and media. Justine is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Living Hyphen, an intimate journal that explores the experiences of hyphenated Canadians—that is, individuals who call Canada home but who have roots in often faraway places. Her mission is to stir the conscience and spur social change. You can follow her at @justineabigail, and Living Hyphen at @livinghyphen across all channels.
This is an interactive, small-group, seminar-style course that will meet on Mondays over Zoom. Students will be invited to participate in discussions, workshop their projects, and receive feedback from the course instructor.
Students will be assigned light homework, which will typically include building out any of the stories we begin writing in class but don't have the time to fully flesh out.
There are 9 spots available on this experience.
This course is open to students who identify as BIPOC and are at least 20 years old.