Writing Workshop: Mending the Past

After experiencing any sort of trauma, repair must be undertaken to begin healing what happened in the past. That process is more complex than it seems at first. Kader Attia’s exhibition The Field of Emotion focuses on the many different meanings that “repair” has to humans.

Mending the Past is a hands-on writing workshop that invites participants to consider memory and trauma, whether personal or perceived in society. After a tour and discussion of Attia’s exhibition, writers will be invited to create and share new pieces of flash fiction, poetry or memoir in response to open-ended exercises. The workshop’s supportive structure encourages writers to share personal thoughts in a safe and non-critical environment. The workshop is open to writers of all levels. Writing materials will be provided.

David Bester is a writer, editor and long-time student of the creative process. He has worked with hundreds of Toronto writers in workshops including Writers’ Boot Camp, The Novel and 10 Self-Portraits.

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