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Split Open: A Writing Workshop with Arisa White

April 4, 2024, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Public reading to follow at 7:00pm

Rockland, Maine

For LGBTQ+ and allied youth ages 13 - 22

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What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. —Muriel Rukeyser

Telling the truth about our lives reveals that this inherited world is not a perfect fit for us all. In this workshop, we will approach difficult and vulnerable subjects: race, sexuality, religion, politics; mental illness, violence, etc.—those hot topics that spur the desire to write. Yet when we get to the page, we are often confronted with our self-consciousness. What new idea or point of view can deepen the conversation? How do I artistically enter into something that feels bigger than myself? Writing exercises will offer participants a way to start; to approach topics and subjects that may intimidate them as writers, and find that through embracing one’s self—voice, history, and experiences—as a source of intelligence, we see who we are and what we put forth as distinctive, new, enlarging, and necessary.

Join Arisa White and OUT Maine at the Millay House for a writing workshop from 4:30pm-6:00pm, and an optional public reading to follow. This workshop is intended for LGBTQ+ and allied youth, from ages 13-22 years old. This event is made possible by partnership between the Millay House, OUT Maine, Maine Humanities Council, and the Maine Women Writers Collection.

This program is suitable for youth age 13 - 22.
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