It’s said that water has memory, that each individual droplet of water carries a record of its past. That a real flower once submerged in water reshapes each retelling of what it was that brought it here; the truth is inconsequential, all that matters is that we were carried here, and each of us, brimming with memories of the past.
Washing up from the shore comes our latest Flash Workshop, Dissolved in Water: The Memories of Diaspora. In DIW, we’ll consider both the precolonial and the postcolonial: focusing on inspired reimaginings and connections to our past, and thinking past the advent of colonialism into a productive futurity. DIW will encourage writers to discuss the specifics: what was before and what is now. The goal of this workshop is to create a space for discussion & exploration of diaspora, but also to provide a space for participants to see how each of our displacements are related.
DIW is a week-long online workshop where participants will engage in daily writing activities, lesson-based writing prompts, & group discussion led by a team of enthusiastic advisors. DIW will feature guest lectures by Paul Tran & Ariana Brown!
This program is for writers seeking to interrogate & expand their craft. Flash workshops are not designed to teach writing; we build new lenses to read & create dynamic writing.
Dissolved in Water is for writers who identify with a diasporic, history, tradition, or lineage. The workshop will be held April 16th - 23rd. There is no application fee. Tuition is $60. Financial aid is available to those with need. There is no age limit or requirement, and no experience is necessary. Applications are open through April 7th.
The title of this workshop comes from the poem, “Old Wives’ Tale” by Safia Elhilo, published in WT’s spotlight series, Imaginary Homelands.
all art by Jess X Snow