SUNDAYS, MARCH 12 & 19 | We all travel, every day. Be it moving back and forth between language and culture; embarking on roots journeys or road trips; living as an expat or multicultural family member; being a nomad; climbing from working to middle class; recalling our
family’s escape/exile/emigration/immigration; leaving home or dropping out of college; setting out on pilgrimages or spiritual quests; going abroad
to study/research/witness/do reportage/volunteer; walking the road to recovery every day.
How do we turn these (internal) cultural encounters or (external) physical journeys into gripping stories with deeper (social, spiritual, cultural, historical, political) meaning, stories that capture a particular culture and era and move readers?
In this generative, two-day workshop we will learn to move in both directions personal narrative travels — down into the self for the specific details that make our stories unique, and out into the world for the metaphors and themes that touch others. We’ll investigate our names and generational markers, create personal history timelines, map our bodies and neighborhoods, and use sensory exercises to uncover our most evocative memories.
Faith Adiele is author of Meeting Faith, a travel/spiritual memoir that won the PEN Beyond Margins Award for Best Memoir and The Nigerian Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems, a witty, tricultural look at fibroids; writer/narrator/subject of My Journey Home, a PBS documentary about her international, mixed-race family; and co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology. Selected by Marie Claire magazine as “One of 5 Women to Learn From,” Faith piloted the first POC travel writing workshop through VONA/Voice, has taught around the globe and worked as a social activist, Buddhist nun, college professor, and petty bureaucrat. Visit her at adiele.com.
Number of sessions: 2
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dates: Sundays, March 12 & 19
Course fee: $280