Whitney the Workshopper: Self Publishing!
Honouring and Weaving Stories is an interactive gathering, for people passionate about social justice. The Gathering is an opportunity for individuals from Indigenous and other racialized communities to come together to respectfully share stories, support each other and build our collective capacity to establish and maintain sustainable, healthy communities. To fundraise for this gathering taking place in early November, On Turtle’s Back run a series of workshops and I have been asked to run one!
I’m honoured to be facilitating a self-publishing workshop. As many of you know, I self-published my book 3 Cities and released it April 2012, so any tips and advice I can provide to the general public, to aspiring writers, to artists who want their work out there, I’m there.
The self publishing workshop, “Getting Indie With It” takes place at the Centre of Social Innovation at 720 Bathurst Street on October 27th from 4-6pm. The workshop is for writers who are interested in the world of self publishing. Learn the pros and cons, rewards challenges of being publisher, editor, publicist and writer all in one. It’s pretty much learning all my mistakes so you don’t have to follow suit!
Suggested donation is $20, all are welcome!
I’m especially honoured to do this workshop as I feel it’s crucial to build strong alliances among diverse communities. Not only do these connection compliment my work’s purpose and political viewpoints, but it help with my personal growth. There’s so much I’ve learned through performing and interacting with a number of community-based arts initiatives: Writer’s Room through Association of Native Development in Performing and Visual Arts, The Art of Facilitation through Nia Centre for the Arts and my recent workshop facilitation through the I DO Project associated with the Agincourt Community Services Association. This capacity building is essential to bridging gaps between communities.
There is so much more I want to learn from my fellow Torontonians about their culture, their battles and their teachings. Can’t wait for this workshop, I’m excited to contribute to the anticipated Gathering.
Over and out!