Join our Body/Language: Creative Writing workshop for Youth
Body/Language is a creative writing workshop that gives participants the skills and the space to uncover and express their identities. Through personal reflection and sharing sessions, participants come to vocalise their joys, frustrations and hopes of change, through poetry and creative writing, and come to a better understanding of themselves and their relationships with those around them.
27 February and 28 February (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: AWARE Centre, Blk 5 Dover Crescent #01-22, Singapore 130005
Click here to sign up!
Participants will have the chance to showcase their work at a public reading if they wish, but this is not required.
The Body/Language approach:
Every one of us is a complicated bundle of our own histories, emotions and experiences. But societal expectations and prejudices mean that we don’t always get to hear our stories told. Our bodies are used by the media to sell products; people judge our identities harshly and place limits on how much we are worth. Body/Language starts from the simple belief that all our stories, in all of their colours, shapes and sizes, should be respected and heard when we choose to tell them.
Body/Language is developed by EtiquetteSG and We Can! Singapore. This workshop is open to people of all genders.
“I found the whole process cathartic as I was given a safe space to reflect on gender-based issues and on my personal life story. As someone new to spoken-word, the workshop gave me a good insight into the workings of this contemporary form of poetry. I like how there is no one-rule to writing spoken-word poems – that freedom gave me more room to imagine and explore different ways to approaching the subject matter. Thank you so much for this workshop!”– Aswani, Body/Language participant
“I had a very positive experience with the Body/Language workshop. The atmosphere felt very safe and accommodating thanks to the fellow attendees and the facilitators Raksha and Anne. I learnt a lot and I was so encouraged to write more. Thanks once again for organising this, and I would love to sign up again if there were similar opportunities in the future.” – Sharada, Body/Language participant
Introduction of concepts and issues surrounding identity, including gender, sharing of personal experiences and discussion of social concerns. Introduction of creative writing techniques and forms
Working in small groups of 2-3 people to produce short performances on any relevant theme that resonates with the group. Sharing and performing of creative pieces with the class.
Participants are strongly encouraged to attend ALL sessions of the workshop. Please only sign up if you can make it for both sessions as there are limited slots!