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TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM HERE*Deadline to apply is September 1st, but apply sooner to guarantee your spot! No late applications accepted. * ************************** If you aren't a Muslimah youth, then please SHARE/ INVITE anyone in your networks who may be interested* Poetry ReRooted: Decolonizing Our Tongues is a six part poetry workshop series open to anyone in Toronto/GTA between the ages of 16-29 who self-identifies as a Muslim woman and whose mother tongue is not English. Especially welcome are women of colour, immigrants, refugees, and second generation Canadians. During this workshop series, participants will learn how to use language appropriation strategies to merge their own linguistic and cultural experiences with Standard Canadian English to create a more authentic and pluralistic form of self-expression. Language appropriation is a linguistic technique used by cross-cultural writers. It refers to “the process by which the [Standardized English] language is taken and made to ‘bear the burden’ of one’s own cultural experience” (Ashcroft, 38 from Empire Writes Back). Such techniques include codeswitching (switching between dialects), glossing (providing a parenthetical translation of non-English terms), and syntactic fusion (merging English and non-English terms to create hybrid terms). These techniques will enable the participants to privilege their mother tongues over English. The techniques will also give them the tools to transform a potentially oppressive form of a language into a decolonized channel of communication through which they can freely express themselves. In other words, the workshops will provide participants with the opportunity to analyze various aspects of standardized poetic conventions (or rules), and discover how they can best “break” these rules to accurately represent their diverse life experiences.
Participants will also have the opportunity to practice the art of giving and receiving positive and constructive feedback.Additionally, participants will have access to individual mentorship sessions with the facilitator outside of workshop hours where she will discuss their poetry with them one-on-one, and guide them through the editing/revision process.
The workshops will be held Saturdays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the S.Walter Stewart Library on the following dates:Sept. 09, 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 14, 21. *Attendance is mandatory for all six sessions*
Each participant will receive a modest honorarium upon the completion of all six workshops.
Tokens and refreshments will be provided.
The workshops will culminate with a chapbook launch in November (date TBD) to showcase the participants’ polished work to the public. The poets will also have an opportunity to perform their poetry at the launch.
* Please note, registration does not guarantee enrollment in the workshop as there are limited spots available. You will be notified via email once your participation is confirmed. *
About the Facilitator
Hanan Hazime is a poet, a story teller, and an avid scripturient living in East York. She has a Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. She is the current Writer in Residence at Workman Arts, and an active member of the Toronto Writers Collective for whom she facilitates a weekly creative writing workshop at Mustard Seed. Hanan’s poetry and prose have appeared in a number of publications, including The Windsor Review, and Generation magazine. Currently, she is in the process of revising her novel Rosewater which challenges stereotypes about Muslim women, and working on Hymens & Hijabs, a collection of short stories and poems that explore Muslim female sexuality. When not writing, Hanan enjoys creating other forms of art, overanalyzing things, photo-blogging, dancing with faeries in the woods, and drinking copious amounts of tea.
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