A special invitation letter from Akeema-Zane, our visiting artist-in-residence
I like to think of the process of writing akin to the function of downloading. It is something I remember Octavia Butler mentioning in one of her interviews transcribed in the book Conversations with Octavia Butler. She says “Writing is difficult. You do it all alone without encouragement and without any certainty that you’ll ever be published or paid or even that you’ll be able to finish the particular work you’ve begun. It isn’t easy to persist amid all that.” I recall her speaking of her process and how it involved days of not writing but reading, and watching television until the narrative flowed out of her with ease. My process is very similar. For me writing can often be an extremely taxing, frustrating and emotionally draining process; yet, I am driven to write. It is that thing which demands of me the ability to articulate and recall my thoughts, observations and analyses, philosophies, anger, love, and wisdom. While it is also demanding it is my form of meditation.
On Friday 22nd November 6:30-9pm and Saturday 23rd November 10am-5pm, Groundation Grenada and I invite you, to partake in a process of meditation. This two part workshop attempts to examine our relationship, as writers, to our physical and social environment. Participants will draw from their own experiences as well as gain new perspective through the work of various other writers. Be prepared to experience the process of writing and what the task requires of us to “perform” amidst our daily lives and obligations.
This workshop is free & open to the public. We are asking for a $15 donation towards refreshments (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). Space is limited so RSVP by filling out this form to sign up !
Day 1 (22nd Nov.)
Location: Spice Harmony Yoga Studio, Calivigny, St. George
6:45pm – 9:00pm Writing Workshop
Please note there is a yoga class in the studio from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, which participants are welcome to attend at half price ($10 or $7.50 for students)
Day 2 (23rd Nov.)
Location: Mango Bay Cottages, Woodford, St. John
10am- 12:30pm Writing Workshop (morning session)
1:15pm- 5pm Writing Workshop (afternoon session)
Akeema-Zane is a multidisciplinary and aspiring multimedia artist born and raised in Harlem, NY with significant childhood memories in Trinidad W.I of which she is a descendant. She received a self-designed interdisciplinary BA from Eugene Lang College with an emphasis in Anglophone Caribbean studies. While attending a predominantly white, all girls boarding school in Connecticut, art became a primary avenue to express her intellectual development- one that differed tremendously from her peers. Akeema-Zane has displayed visual works in various exhibitions, recently performed in short films/music videos and plays, and read her written works in various galleries. She considers writing her primary mode of expression and has spent the last seven months in Trinidad doing personal research and writing on her family and the cultural capital of Trinidad and other Eastern Caribbean countries. She is currently inspired by and interrogative of the legacy of Jeanette MacDonald (Mother Earth), and works by Erich Fromm, Earl Lovelace, Peter Minshall, and Audre Lorde as well as many of her awe-inspiring friends.