PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual
I’m Not a Writer BUT…
A Writing Workshop for Organizers, Activists and Movement-Builders
Many of us who are on the frontlines of working for racial, gender, economic and environmental justice hold important insights, tools and hard won lessons that other organizers could learn from. Yet, too often we let our anxieties and imposter syndrome get in the way of writing them down, leaving it to others to be the narrators of our movements.
This workshop is meant for anyone involved in grassroots organizing, cultural work or other forms of leadership for social change who want support to write about their experiences — whether or not you already identify as a “writer.”
Preferably, you will come to the workshop with an idea for a short piece you’d like to develop, which could include things like:
- A story about a recent campaign you worked on;
- An opinion article on a current political issue;
- A handout for an upcoming training you’re leading;
- A reflection for your organization’s annual report;
- A narrative poem or short story that captures some aspect of your experience working for social change;
- A chapter of a book you’re working on;
- Or something else!
In Part One, we’ll start by talking through some of the barriers and emotional blocks to writing, then look together at a few pieces that might serve as models or inspiration for things you may want to write. You’ll have a chance to develop your idea and leave the session with some support to get started.
In Part Two, we’ll have a chance to reflect on your writing process, address challenges and workshop anything you want to share. We’ll also discuss options for informal and professional means of publishing, for those who are interested.
In between there will be an OPTIONAL online lounge that you can join and use for personal writing time.
Nico Amador (PeoplesHub)
Training Length and Type:
2 hours per session
Connect as an individual
Wednesdays – September 29th, October 6th, & October 13th
From 3-5pm PDT/ 5-7pm CDT/ 6-8pm EDT
This program is ideal for:
Anyone involved in grassroots organizing, cultural work or other forms of leadership for social change who want support to write about their experiences — whether or not they already identify as a “writer.” Geared toward women, BIPOC, trans folks and others who may experience structural or emotional barriers to writing as a result of oppression they’ve experienced.
Participants leave with:
- More confidence in their ability to share your experiences and perspectives on organizing and movement-building through writing;
- The start to a piece of writing they want to develop;
- Peer support and opportunities for constructive feedback on their writing;
- Encouragement to continue to develop as thought-leaders on the issues they are closest to.
What do you do to prepare?
Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to share and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, with video and headphones.
Access requests can be made during registration or by emailing Dustin Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org, including interpreters and captioners.
Choose what to pay, starting at $40. The true cost of this workshop is $100/person, which allows us to continue offering programs like this one and pay trainers a fair wage for their time and expertise. Like you, our trainers work hard for change in their communities and have often developed the knowledge, skill and gifts that they are offering through many unpaid hours — let’s support them to be sustainable in their work and craft!
Ready to sign up?
Nico Amador is a writer, facilitator and community organizer with almost twenty years experience working for social change. He has organized initiatives for trans rights, participated in campaigns to end mass incarceration and has led over 300 trainings to help develop the skills and leadership capacity among people working for social, economic and environmental justice in the U.S. and abroad.
Nico has developed curriculum and published multiple articles on direct action, movement-building and facilitation, as well as poetry. He is currently an MFA candidate in creative writing at Bennington College.