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BIPOC Storytelling Workshop / Write to Heal with Phiroozeh Petigara

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - November 10 @ 8:00 pm PDT

On Thursdays, October 13 + October 27 + November 10 at 6pm, join Massy Arts + South Asian writer and healer Phiroozeh Petigara for “Write To Heal”, a 3-week storytelling workshop focused on creating a safe space where self-identifying BIPOC writers can draw inspiration from their own personal stories. As a space open for all BIPOC community, this workshop is intended for writers of all levels, and no prior writing experience is necessary.

At this in-person event, Petigara will teach concrete writing tools plus grounding techniques to tell someone’s story, addressing how to work with inner criticism and inviting attendees to speak to their truth and power.

Petigara says: “Whether you want to write for personal exploration or you’ve been thinking of sharing your story in written or spoken form, telling your truth is healing and empowering. But when it comes to actually writing, we are our own worst critics. We think, ‘who wants to hear my story?’ or ‘I’m not a writer.’ We silence ourselves before we’ve even had a chance to explore what we might have to say. BIPOC stories are essential, especially now. When we speak our story out loud, we heal ourselves, and we heal those who need to hear us.”

This event is open to all of our community, and registration is mandatory. The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Covid Protocols: For all in-person events, attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask (N95 masks are encouraged and recommended as they offer the best protection), and consent to having their temperature checked at the front door. We ask that if you are showing any symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

Please be sure to register for this event.

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The Instructor

Phiroozeh Petigara (she/her) is a queer, disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent South Asian writer and healer living on stolen Coast Salish lands. As a healer, she specializes in helping queer and trans BIPOC to stop living in the “shoulds” and to live in their truth.

As a storytelling coach, she works with BIPOC who hear a whisper inside to tell their story. Who feel they have something to say and just need a little support, a nudge, a witness, someone to be accountable to.

Phi creates safe BIPOC space to help folks listen to the whisper, say it out loud. Share it proud. She believes we all have a story to tell and that once we release the voice of our grade four teacher or whoever told us we “can’t” or “shouldn’t”, our stories burst forth and shine. They heal us, they heal others.

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October 13 @ 6:00 pm PDT
November 10 @ 8:00 pm PDT