Writing Rage workshop series with author Makeda Silvera: July 2009: Toronto

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Writing Rage workshop series with author Makeda Silvera: July 2009: Toronto


Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at York University presents:

Writing Rage Workshop (FREE) with Celebrated author Makeda Silvera- 4 week course beginning July
9, 2009.

When: July 9, 16, 23 and 30.
Times: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays,

Location: College-Shaw Library
766 College Street
(College and Ossington)
This venue is wheelchair accessible.


Everyone has a story to tell about RAGE.

It may have been an incident where the anger passes after a few hours, or a recurring anger triggered by racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, and/or other experience(s) of oppression thereby intensifying the experience.

Within this non-judgemental four-week workshop, we will write and share our personal, social and political rage.

We will also read and reflect on literary works of other writers for inspiration in our own work and also to learn how to give literary purpose to our writing by applying such craft elements as characters, description, pacing, place.

Whether you seek to write essay-length pieces or short stories, this workshop will give you the tools to transform stories from your life into lucid, creative pieces. Also, contrary to popular opinion, rage (possessed particularly by women and trans women) can be used to further personal and communal development and this workshop aims to equip participants with the literary know-how to do that.

Participants must bring an item to the first workshop..a piece of writing, a photograph, memorabilia etc..that represents rage or anger for that individual.

Participants should be committed to the entire four weeks.


Makeda Silvera co-founded Sister Vision: Women of Color Press and was editorial director from 1985-2000. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel ‘The Heart Does Not Bend' (Random House); Short-list finalist in the Toronto Book Awards, two collections of short stories ‘Remembering G,' ‘Her Head a Village'; Editor of ‘The Other Woman: Women of Color in Canadian literature,' SILENCED, the ground breaking oral stories of Caribbean Domestic Workers. The award winning ‘Piece of My Heart: A lesbian of Colour anthology' (Lamba finalist and American Library Association Gay and Lesbian Book Award - Literature); Co-editor of ‘Makka: Diasporic Juks: Contemporary Writings by Queers of African Descent.

*To register, email [email protected] with your name. Interested parties who require accommodation please contact us via email at [email protected].

There is limited space for this course.