This is the attached flyer:
A One-day Summer Workshop on Young Women and Political Writing
Date: Saturday, July 24 (Democratic Convention is July 26-29)
Concept: A day of thinking about different forms of writing that can be political. Explore expressing yourself in poetry, playwriting, music, cartoons, and from the political podium. The sessions will be a mixture of speaking and Q&As plus time for the teens to do some writing games/exercises and sharing.
Host and Site: Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change
- Letta Neely: Local African American lesbian poet, playwright, activist
- Celina De León: former Senior Editor at Teen Voices, graduate Human Rights Program, Columbia University
- Mikhaela Reid: self-named “angry cartoonist” for the Boston Phoenix
- Emerson College women slammers
- Presenter on Youth and Voting (to be confirmed)
- Political Rapper/MC (to be confirmed)
10:30-11:00 Breakfast with beverages
11:00-11:30 Introductory Remarks: Thank you to funders of event. Why are political words important for young women? Icebreaking activity.
11:30-1:00 Celina De León: Viewing of the new film Juvies, discussion of how the media demonizes urban youth of color and why it’s important to have real teen voices in the media. Plus, writing activity with the teens
Youth Vote: How can young women get involved in the political process?
1:00-1:30 Lunch with entertainment by Emerson College women slammers
1:30-3:30 Mikhaela Reid: If you laugh, is it political? If it’s a cartoon, why aren’t we laughing?
Letta Neely: How can poetry be political?
Plus, interactive forum/writing activity with the teens
Young Political Rapper/MC: Music as political commentary. Keeping the beat with a message.
3:30-4:00 Wrap-up with closing remarks