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Workshop: Writing While Black

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Workshop: Writing While Black
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Part group discussion, part reading salon, part creation lab, Writing While Black engages participants in a discussion on zines written by people of colour and specifically the means in which indie print-culture can galvanize movements for racialized people.

The workshop will be broken into three segments: I) a 30-minute discussion about zinesters of colour and their contribution and impact on the political landscape within Canada and internationally, II) a 30-minute reading station in which zines ranging from topics on migrant workers rights, labour movements, race politics, to queer rights etc. will be made available, and III) a 60-minute creation station where participants can make their own political zines with both materials and guidance provided. 

Facilitated by Whitney French, founder of From the Root. A nation-wide zine dedicated to showcasing the voices of women of colour in Canada, From the Root seeks to combat the anti-Black racism that is inherent in Canada’s literary scene.

TTC tokens and workshop supplies will be provided.

Co-presented with Our Times Magazine, Shameless Magazine, Nia Centre for the Arts, Tools for Change, The Public, Upping the Anti Journal

Co-sponsored by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 353

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Mayworks Festival acknowledges the pivotal role public funding bodies play in maintaining a living, thriving culture for everyone


Ontario Arts Council




Toronto Arts Council




Proud to a Union Shop: CUPE 1281

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The Public Studio
58 Lansdowne Avenue
Toronto, ON M6K 1N9


Mayworks Festival

MAYWORKS FESTIVAL OF WORKING PEOPLE AND THE ARTS is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival that celebrates the culture of all working peoples. Founded by the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Mayworks has been uniting art and labour since 1986 by showcasing the cultural production of workers and their artist allies. Mayworks’ goal is to support the compelling and vital work of both workers-as-artists and artists-as-workers. Mayworks’ artistic vision is specifically guided by our equity policy that allows for representation of First Nations people, people of colour, queer and trans people, people with disabilities and young people as audiences and artists. 

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