Runs from Friday April 16 2021 to Friday June 18 2021

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Hanan Hazime
April 16 to June 18
Class time: Fridays 6:30- 8:30PM

During a series of creative writing workshops for BIPOC writers, participants will learn how to use language appropriation strategies to merge their own linguistic and cultural experiences with Standard Canadian English to create a more authentic and pluralistic form of self-expression.
Language appropriation is a linguistic technique which refers to “the process by which the [Standardized English] language is taken and made to ‘bear the burden’ of one’s one cultural experience” (Ashcroft, 38-Empire Writes Back). Such techniques include codeswitching (switching between dialects), glossing (providing parenthetical translations of non-English terms), and syntactic fusion (merging English and non-English terms to create hybrid terms). These techniques will enable the participants to privilege their mother tongues over English and to reclaim their ancestral voices outside the restrictions of Standard English. The participants will be guided through empowering writing prompts that encourage community building. Participants will also be given a chance to share their writing and have it workshopped by their peers. They will also have an opportunity to publish their polished work in a DIY chapbook/zine.

This course is for writers who identify as Indigenous, Black, and/or a Person of Colour.

About the instructor:
Hanan Hazime is a multidisciplinary artist, creative writer, community arts educator, and creative writing instructor living in Tkaronto/Toronto. She also identifies as a Lebanese-Canadian Shi’a Muslimah Feminist and Mad Pride Activist. Hanan has a Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. She's currently working on her first novel. When she’s not writing or creating art, Hanan enjoys reading fantasy and science fiction novels, overanalyzing things, photo-blogging, dancing with faeries in the woods, and drinking copious amounts of tea.
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