- This event has passed.
Afterwords Literary Festival: Workshop with JJ Steeves
October 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm$15
Memoirs of the Mundane with JJ Steeves
The AfterWords Literary Festival was co-founded by Ryan Turner and Stephanie Domet, and in the fall of 2019, AfterWords held its inaugural edition. In 2020, due to Covid-19, the festival will host live events online between September 30th and October 4th. AfterWords is primarily interested in presenting (and being in the audience for) conversations among writers about the ideas that push them forward, the experiences that formed them into writers, and what writing can tell us about how to be human. Our mission is to give those writers who choose to join us the very best experience that Halifax has to offer.
We will offer live captioning upon request to all of our online events.
We celebrate our festival on the unceded and traditional homeland of the Mi’kmaq People. We do land acknowledgements as a part of the reconciliation process. In order for this festival to exist, for Canadians to enjoy the lives that they have, Indigenous people were removed, displaced, and killed. This truth is an uncomfortable one, but one that is necessary to face if we, as fellow Canadians, are to understand our whole history. We honour the Mi’kmaq, whose stories have been shaped by Mi’kma’ki.
As a culture we have certain notions about who should and should not write memoirs– but of course we do everyone a disservice by only valuing a small segment of voices! Luckily, comics have a long history of what is often referred to as “diary comics,” and many diverse voices have created diary comics over the years to process, share, and connect their unique feelings, experiences and narratives with others. For many, this means meandering through what we would consider the mundane details of life, and that is partly what we shall celebrate in our workshop together. Not all memoirs need to be from famous politicians or celebrities! Instead, using the combination of words and drawings, we can learn to honour parts of ourselves we may not take the time to acknowledge normally.
Fee of $15.00.
1:00-2:00 pm AST on Saturday, October 3rd.
Registrations opens August 10th. Limit of 12 participants.