Telling Your Story: Creative Writing Workshops for LEx Leaders
We know that so many of you, in addition to your leadership in the Migrant and Refugee sector, are also artists and creatives. And we know that creativity is not only essential for our wellbeing but also for our Movement for justice to flourish and thrive.
Join LEx for a free three-week creative writing series with critically acclaimed writer and novelist Olumide Popoola to dedicate some space and time to your creativity. You will draw from your own experiences, stories and folk tales from different cultures, and contemporary fiction to learn more about the craft of writing and storytelling. Olumide will encourage you to write your own work through exercises and activities, with the aim of having a short, completed piece by the end of the three weeks – which will then be published in a zine (a DIY printed magazine) to elevate your work, organisation and/or campaign.
In addition to learning new creative skills, we hope that these sessions will be an opportunity for us to connect with each other, collectively uplift our work, and further strengthen our growing community and network of migrant and refugee LEx leaders.
Thursdays from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on 25th February, 4th March, and 11th March.
These workshops are free and you are encouraged to attend all three sessions. However, not to worry if you can only attend one or two, you are still very welcome to join LEx.
London-based Olumide Popoola is a Nigerian-German writer. Her publications include essays, poetry, a novella, a play, a short story collection, as well as recordings in collaboration with musicians. Olumide has a PhD in Creative Writing and has lectured in creative writing at various universities.
Olumide presents internationally as author, speaker and facilitator.
Her critically acclaimed novel When We Speak of Nothing was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2017 in the UK and Nigeria, and in April 2018 in the US. In 2019 Scottish Makar Jackie Kay named her as one of Britain’s best Black and Brown writers.