I didn’t imagine that leaving New York to go take care of my parents for the summer would be easy. It never occurred to me, however, that the hardest part would be making the Floridians around us wear masks.
Here, doing the one thing that dramatically reduces COVID-19 transmission is often viewed as acting like a “liberal baby.” This is a rub because the cultural pressure to not show weakness is how my family got in this mess.
Sunday’s online workshops continue all summer at 4 pm. Today, take a look at the world through the eyes of this Claudia Rankine poem. Then we’ll explore second-person POV as a way to express all that people are seeing and feeling right now.
Interested in helping your students, team members, or community share their personal experiences and perspectives in a creative way? Contact me about designing a 90-min online workshop to best fit your needs.
If you or your organization have been impacted by COVID-19, I am able to offer a limited number of complimentary workshops.
First come, first serve. Please contact me to book one or if you have any questions.
We here at Newtown Literary stand against racism and injustice of any kind. We honor George Floyd and countless others who have paid the price of white supremacy with their lives, many in New York City. We acknowledge the life-and-death nature of this situation. #BlackLivesMatter is a universal truth. Black people have the same rights as everyone else, and we condemn the abhorrent act of disregarding anyone’s right to life and liberty based on the color of their skin. The rights to learn, create, and succeed in the literary community fall under this banner.
What a beautiful message to receive on my birthday. My weekly online creative writing workshops have been a bright light for me these past three months. I plan to continue hosting them every Sunday this summer.