WDTS Mattapan: Women of Color Rewriting Herstory

Saturday, May 18th 2:00pm to 3:30pm
BPL - Mattapan Branch
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
25 seats max

This class will study how women of color -- light & dark, cis & trans, empowered & disenfranchised -- are taking a stand against patriarchy through words. Whether it is through the poetry of Rupi Kaur, the speeches of Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, the past testimony of women like Professor Anita Hill, or current survivors leading the #MeToo Movement on Oscar stages or through Instagram post, undeniably women are finding their voices and being moved to speak, tweet and take a stand using words.

This workshop will be a space for those who identify as women to breakdown what it means to be a woman armed with words? What does it mean to be a woman of color, whose words historically are not honored but always spoken? We will look at feminism through the writing of Ida B.Wells, Audre Lorde, Beyonce and Jessica Care Moore. We will discuss places where race, writing and social inequities have divided women in the past, but most importantly participants will write, share and listen to each other’s truth as a means to unite all women through poetry, testimony and storytelling.

Families welcome. Coffee and snacks provided. Teens are welcome to attend with an older relative. We will provide simple activities to keep young children occupied.

Who Should Register?

Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who face challenges due to cost, language skills, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that all voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.

These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.

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Ashley Rose
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Previous Students Say

  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • In-Class Reading
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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