Runs from Thursday April 21 2022 to Thursday June 23 2022

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Teneshia T. Samuel
April 21 to June 23
Thursday 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

This course is designed to introduce the practice of writing as a tool for healing. Participants will learn how to use writing as a form of inquiry and empowerment, exploring concepts of social activism and the work of Black writers in different forms, including poetry, fiction, essay writing and memoir.

Materials: Device with internet connection, and pen and paper. If you have any access or material needs, please let Cynella know.

About the instructor: Teneshia T. Samuel (Hon. B.A., M.A., M.A.) who is also known as "Theodore" is a first-generation Caribbean Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, social activist, politician, scholar and educator. Born with 10% vision and 50% hearing, the subject of Teneshia’s work discusses intersectional identities, life in diaspora and paths to liberation for self and community. Exploring the subjects of Queer identity and Public Health in the Black community, Teneshia creates work that crosses multiple media including Visual Art, Literature, Fashion Design and Music. In 2021, Teneshia was the first Black, Disabled and Transgender candidate to run for Federal office. In 2021, Teneshia was a member of the curatorial team for the 2021 ReelAbilities Film Festival. Teneshia was a featured Artist in the Luminato Festival of 2021 and now serves as an Access Advisor for the 2022 Luminato Festival. Starting in December 2021, Teneshia joined as a regular columnist and a member of the Editorial team. Teneshia serves on the Board of Directors for Black Mental Health Canada, Moyo Health & Community Services (Formerly Peel HIV/AIDS Network) and is a citizen-appointed Access Advisor to the City of Mississauga. Their most recent exhibits include "Neo-kente" at the Miles Nadal JCC, the Pixel Exhibition at Brampton Garden Square and selections from their series "Ocean Voices" in the MakeRoom exhibition of Ancestral Pathways to Knowledge curated by James Yeboah.

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