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February 24, 2009

Women of Color Creative Writing Class

Women of Color: Writing our Stories
Women travel through stories, an oral tradition, and, perhaps, a visual one. We gather stories individually and as a group. We migrate. From south to north, east to west, from city to city, state to state, from other countries. From job to job, home to home, and family to family. We cross and uncross physical and spiritual boundaries.

Have you ever wanted to know how women’s past stories affect today’s stories? Have you ever wanted to document your family stories of migration – where you are from (geography), what you are from (culture), how (travel), when (history)?

Then join me for three lively, yet thought provoking afternoons. We will immerse ourselves in story. We will use creative writing, music, and collage to access family stories. Stories recalled from great-grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers, and even sisters – your story.

Dates: March 21, 28, and April 4

Time: 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Location: Dunn Bros. Coffee – 4648 East Lake St., Minneapolis

Cost: $30/$10 per session, cash or check only, $30 payable at first class

Application Process: Class limited to 8 participants, must be available to attend all workshops. To register, e-mail your name, e-mail address, postal address, and home and cell phone numbers to youngwms@yahoo.com. Please include a note indicating why you want to participate in this workshop. A reply e-mail will serve as your workshop confirmation.

Instructor: Lori Young-Williams
Lori Young-Williams is a 41year old prose / poet born in St. Paul. She comes from a working class family that believes in laughter, crying, and praying when times are good, bad or otherwise. Lori has one brother, one sister, and another sister who passed away when she was 14. She received her degree in Human Relationships with an emphasis in family relationships at the University of Minnesota, 1992. Lori works a 9-5 job in Human Resources and Finance, but her passion is her writing. Most of her poetry is about her family—family relationships and how they impact her life. She has been published in Interrace magazine, the Turtle River Press, the National Library of Poetry, Quill Books, Dust & Fire and other anthologies. Also, she has self-published two chapbooks. She has read in various bookstores, coffee shops, and spoken word events in the Twin Cities. Lori recently was accepted as a participant for the Givens Black Writers Retreat, with Sonja Sanchez and Carolyn Holbrook. She is currently working on her Master’s Thesis through the Master of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota. She has studied with Rose Brewer, Carolyn Holbrook, Sherry Quan Lee, and others.

Co-facilitator: Sherry Quan Lee, author of Chinese Blackbird, Asian American Press, reprinted 2008, Loving Healing Press, and How to Write a Suicide Note: serial essays that saved a woman’s life, Loving Healing Press, 2008. Quan Lee taught Creative Writing at Metropolitan State University for ten years, then retired to finish her latest book, and to teach for Intermedia Arts (S.A.S.E: the write place), and other community venues. She also works as a Program Associate for the Split Rock Arts Program, College of Continuing Education, at the University of Minnesota. She earned her MFA at the University of Minnesota in 1996, and attended Cave Canem that summer. Quan Lee, a Black/Chinese woman who grew up white in South Minneapolis writes about identity.

February 19, 2009


Check out the review by Theresa Crushshon at Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, 2/10/2009

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