Create worlds that fill us
Starts March 29, 2021
- Mondays @ 7:00 PM PST
- Mar 29, Apr 5, Apr 12, Apr 19
How often do we consider what it is we need before and after we write? How often do we write to hold up the light within us? How often do we task ourselves to write something that lifts us and feels good to say?
In this workshop participants will be writing with gratitude, care, love, and support towards the self and others. Through meditation, affirmation, writing prompts group discussion and analyzing text/images/video participants will learn to adapt what they write into their lives and boost their wellness.
Writing is often spoken about as a lonely process. Dependent on our relationship to writing, we may have all the disclaimers about our work when we share it, or never look at a first draft again, or go as far as to say “I hate what I wrote!”, or worse, “I hate myself.” Not only should we not say that to ourselves at any time in our lives, but especially not when it comes to poetry: something that once made us feel understood, seen, or even saved our lives.
Writing the Healing Water is a generative workshop that also encourages us to build cultures in our writing practice that are centering and sustainable. We will be writing the poems we need in our lives.
If writers can create worlds, let us create worlds that fill us and hold us with incredible care.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Gabriel Ramirez is a Queer Afro-Latinx poet, activist, and teaching artist. He has received fellowships from The Conversation Literary Arts Festival, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, The Watering Hole, CantoMundo and was a participant of the Callaloo Writers Workshop. Gabriel has performed on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, United Nations, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theatre, and other venues & universities around the nation.
Gabriel was featured in Huffington Post, VIBE Magazine, Blavity, Upworthy, The Flama, and Remezcla. You can find his work in various spaces, including Youtube, and in publications like The Volta, Split This Rock, Winter Tangerine, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, VINYL, and in Bettering American Poetry Anthology (Bettering Books 2017), What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University Press 2019), and The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT (Haymarket Press 2020).
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