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Storytelling workshop on Nov 12 by Chad Goller-Sojourner

Catherine
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BEARING WITNESS:
EXPLORING THE ART OF AUTHENTIC WRITING AND STORYTELLING

Dates/Tme: Saturday, November 12 · 10:00am - 3:00pm or Sunday, November 13 10:00 – 3:00pm
Location: The Whistle Stop Coop at Othello Light Rail Station, 7148 Martin Luther King Way, Seattle
Registration/Contact Info: Introductory Cost: $40 Registration: http://www.brownpaper...­
For Additional Info: Search Facebook Under Workshop Name
Chad Goller-Sojourner c_goller@hotmail.com, 206.851.5933 For Alternative Registration

Have you been dreaming of writing your life story? Or perhaps bearing witness to a particular event? What about creating a work of fiction? Well then join two award winning writer/storytellers as we unearth, write, and re-imagine these stories, experiences and characters, while honoring our role as witnesses not only to our own lives but the lives of others. Through a series of informative lessons and engaging writing exercises participants will be introduced to and become reacquainted with the elements and power of a well written/told story. Including: structure, setting, voice, characters, dialogue, conflict and more!

Open and tailored to writers and storytellers of all levels, from your grocery list writers to the undefeated Thanksgiving dinner storytelling champions. The only prerequisite is a desire to make manifest of the stories within you and bear witness to the stories of others. Note: In order to keep classes small (8- 12 participants), yet still accommodation as many folks as possible, we’ll be running two sessions, Saturday November 12thand Sunday November 13th both are from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Early registration is advised as classes are expected to fill up.

WORKSHOP LEADERS BIOS:

Chad Goller-Sojourneris a Seattle-based writer, storyteller, solo-performer and recipient of a distinguished Washington State Arts Commission Performing Arts Fellowship. Most recently he was awarded both a 2011 Artist Trust Grant and Creative Artist Residency to further develop his sophomore solo show: Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: Memoirs of a Post Honorary White Childhood. Also awarded, a commission to create and perform a new workfor The Richard Hugo House 2011/2012 Literary Series. In 2009 he launched a national college tour of his groundbreaking and crushingly honestinaugural solo show entitled: Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy, which debuted July 2008 and was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

Additional works include an evening-length play entitled: The Bus Stop, which culminated in a July 2010, Staged Reading and publishing a chapbook entitled Born One Thousand Years Too Early: Fat, Dark-Skinned, Gay and Adopted by White Folks A Fragmentary Journey Towards Alignment which has been described as poignant, chilling and prophetic. When not waiting by the phone for Cicely Tyson or Ryan Reynolds, Chad continues to write, teach, perform and bake though often not in that order. He can be reached at c_goller@hotmail.com and www.sitting-in-circles.com

Kathya Alexanderis a writer, actor, poet, playwright and teaching artist. She was a 2007 Writer-in-Residence at the prestigious Hedgebrook Women Writer's Retreat and won the 2002 Fringe First Award for Black to My Roots: African American Tales from the Head and the Heart at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for Outstanding New Production in Edinburgh, Scotland. Kathya was also awarded Freehold Theater's Diversity Scholarship in 2005. As Literary Director for Brownbox Theater, an African American theater company in Seattle, she has written several plays including emotionalblackmale for Seattle University's Declaration of Independents Project; David & Jonathan: A Modern Day Re-telling of the Biblical Story staged at The Seattle Rep in 2008; Dream’n (adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream-2007); HumaNature (choreopoem-2007); and Homegoing (2006). Kathya’s writing has appeared in Colors Northwest Magazine, and she is the author of Angel in the Outhouse; God the Mother: A Creation Story; and the God the Mother Calendar.

Growing up in the south as a child in the 60s, the Civil Rights movement greatly impacted her life and continues to influence her writing. Her novel, Keep-A-Livin’, explores the familial and communal relationships of a Negro girl against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. The novel also explores the spirituality that was an integral part of Kathya’s childhood, especially the church and the spirit world that was an essential part of her early existence. She currently performs at Madison Park Starbucks on the last Thursday of every month as part of Aunt Mama's Story Hour. Kathya is a member of the African American Writers Alliance and the Seattle Story Tellers Guild.

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