Runs from Monday January 17 2022 to Monday March 21 2022

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Debra Anderson
Jan 17- Mar 21
Monday 2:30PM-4:30PM

The purpose of Affirmation Cards is to develop a new self-soothing and inspiring strategy to add to your existing self-care tool kit. This course will calm your inner critic, reaffirm who you are, uplift you, and connect you with your artistic energy.

In this course you will draw, paint, and collage found objects onto your cards. An affirmation can be a word, a sentence, an inspirational quote or song lyric, or be completely visual. There are no rules! I’ll share examples of affirmations throughout to help guide your process. Participants are encouraged to create community by brainstorming together, as well as displaying completed cards in a no-pressure environment. You will experiment with your creativity in a playful, fun, non-judgemental, and relaxed safe space.

Materials: -index cards (white &/or coloured), or pre-cut bristle board, cardboard, construction paper if you want to work on a larger surface. Scissors, glue, clear tape, pen & pencil, notebook / scrap paper for brainstorming affirmations. Any supplies that provide colour: for example - markers, coloured pens, pencil crayons, crayons, paint, highlighters, pastels, charcoal, nail polish / other make up… Participants are invited to use their imaginations & what is available to them.

About the instructor: Debra Anderson is an award-winning author who was the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers for a body of work. Debra holds an Honours B.A. Degree in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies from York University and is based in Tkaranto/Toronto. Debra is a disabled queer Community Arts Educator, Active Listener, and has taught Creative Writing Workshops at numerous literary festivals, youth conferences, and at various Toronto Public Library branches, as well as at other venues. Her writing has been widely anthologized. She has performed across Canada at literary festivals, World Pride and Nuit Rose, anthology and book launches, literary reading series, cabarets, and other events. Debra has been a guest author and panelist at universities, high schools, the Toronto Public Library, and other places. Code White (McGilligan Books) is her first novel and has been taught in multiple university courses. Herizons Magazine called Code White, “a book that meets your eye, has a good handshake, and looks killer in a pair of fishnets.”

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