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Friday, September 16, 2022

Have you been searching for your history only to discover that what you’ve been told is not true and parts have been left out? Have you ever asked a question of your past only to be met with silence? Do you carry memories of experiences you never had?

Join Kaya Press author, Q.M. Zhang, for Writing into Silence, a four-week workshop for Asian Pacific diasporic writers who are trying to trace family histories that have gone underground.

September 16, 23, 30 & October 7 | 3 – 6 pm ET | Remote via Zoom | $350.00 | Registration closes September 9!

From Q.M. Zhang:

This four-week fall workshop is for writers and artists, story-tellers and truth-tellers who are trying to trace elusive family histories across the Pacific and beyond. During our time together, we will experiment with creative tools and practices for re-searching and writing into intergenerational silences and historical erasures that are all too familiar within Asian Pacific diasporic families and communities. We will explore the tangible forms that these silences take—whether shaped by war, colonization, migration, racism—and how to re-member, re-fashion, and re-claim them as next gen writers for our own creative purposes. At each three-hour session, we will read, write, and workshop new writing together in a safe and supportive virtual space. I will share with you some of the memory work practices that emerged in the making of my book Accomplice to Memory, and we will draw inspiration and example from other Kaya Press authors and API diasporic writers of how to write into silence, absence, the unseen, and the impossible to know. Whether you are just beginning to ask questions of your past, or you already have a project underway, you will leave this workshop with new tools and writing on the page.

To learn more & register, CLICK HERE

Q.M. Zhang is the author of award-winning hybrid memoir, Accomplice to Memory (Kaya Press, 2017), and the founder of MemoryWorks, a creative research and writing practice for individuals and communities who are trying to trace their past and reclaim histories that have been censored, buried, or erased. She is Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review and Associate Professor Emerita of Cultural Psychology & Creative Nonfiction at Hampshire College.

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