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Writing workshop: Write Our Stories Into/Onto the World


Whether or not you think of yourself as a “writer”, you have a story. Your family, chosen or inherited, has stories, some secret. Your community has stories that might be missing from or a challenge to official narratives. Recovering, reclaiming and telling these stories can lead to personal and community transformation. So how do we start to claim our space and identities? In this two-day workshop, appropriate for all level writers, we will learn to move in both directions personal narrative travels - down into the self for the specific details that makes our journeys 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, access sense memory, and inventory our rich linguistic and cultural landscapes. The combination of writing prompts, peer feedback, craft lectures, and discussing short literary and film models, will give us the tools we need to shape compelling stories from real life. Class will be conducted in English.

This writing workshop is organized by RT LIT Academy and it is open for everybody who identifies themselves as Women of Color, also for non-binary people.

The teaching will be held in English and the teaching times are:

Friday, August 17th at 16-21 (4-9 pm) and

Sunday, August 19th, at 14-19 (2-7 pm)

(Note, that there is NO teaching on Sat, August 18th)

To register to the workshop, please send your name, e-mail address and phone number to Twelve (12) participants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve-basis. The registration is binding, so please carefully consider if you can take part in the full 2-day-workshop. After registration, you will receive prerequisite readings (2 articles) to read before the workshop. For more information about RT LIT Academy, please visit (available only in Finnish currently)

FAITH ADIELE, the daughter of a Nigerian father and Finnish-Swedish-American mother, was selected by MARIE CLAIRE MAGAZINE as “One of 5 Women to Learn From.” She is the author of MEETING FAITH, a memoir about becoming Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun that won the PEN Open Book Award, and THE NIGERIAN NORDIC GIRL’S GUIDE TO LADY PROBLEMS, a tricultural ebook/audiobook about fibroids. The PBS documentary film MY JOURNEY HOME, which RUSKEAT TYTÖT and The Museum of Impossible Forms screened last summer, follows her search for her father and siblings in Nigeria, which she’s written about for ESSENCE and O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE. Co-editor of COMING OF AGE AROUND THE WORLD: A MULTICULTURAL ANTHOLOGY, she is based in the USA, where she teaches at California College of the Arts and runs African Book Club. Visit her at and @meetingfaith (IG and Twitter).

Earlier Event: July 11
Later Event: September 22
Journalistisen kirjoittamisen kurssi (6kk)