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Exchanging Words Workshop #6 with Joanne Arnott

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The final of the Exchanging Words workshop series will be facilitated by writer Joanne Arnott.

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For writers who have attended some or all of the previous workshops, and for those interested in the specific topics. Includes handouts*.

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Topics: freewriting, public vs private writing, editing your work for performance and publication, how to submit work for publication, Q & A.

Freewriting: how to get beyond your internal censors (one strategy)

Public vs private writing: we have different goals when writing to ourselves and when writing for an audience: a few thoughts on editing, and using your writing skills for world change

Editing your work for performance and publication: how to bring those impassioned rants into line with communicating beyond those who already know what you mean

How to submit work for publication: a look at the submissions process from the editor’s point of view, and practical strategies for finding the anthologies and magazines that may be a good match for your works

Q&A: bring your questions on how to get published, how to find your literary community, how to sustain a career in writing long term

*Handouts will be distributed following the online workshop gathering via email

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About Exchanging Words Workshops

Exchanging Words is a new project in a partnership between Warriors Against Violence Society, Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast, and WePress. By providing writing and storytelling workshops to the community at a number of events online, the workshops encourage participants to write and tell stories about experiences with violence (which can include residential school, the 60s scoop, murdered and missing family members, family violence, and intimate partner violence).

The sessions are a way for people to express themselves in ways that they might not have had access to in the past or perhaps ever considered before. Led by professional Indigenous writers in our communities who are collective members of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast (AWCWC). The variety of approaches in writing include traditionally-inspired storytelling, poetry, songwriting, fiction, personal essay, and theatre.

The participants will have access to counsellors during this process to ensure that people feel safe to share. The participants will be encouraged to publish their work online through the AWCWC’s new website in a collection at the end of the process. This project is a way of giving voice to people that may have not had the opportunity to do so and at the same time raising awareness of the many forms of violence that happens in our communities.

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Online workshops will take place from February 2 through mid March 2021. Schedule and more information about the project can be found at https://www.saltchuck.ca/exchanging-words

Funding for this project comes from Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and the Minister͛s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women through the Giving Voice Initiative.

For more information please contact Russell Wallace and other members of AWCWC at info@saltchuck.ca

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