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Workshop Series: Coming Out Monologues

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Have you got a story to tell? We want to help you tell it!!

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, UR Pride are teaming up to present a series of workshops meant to help 2SLGBTQ+ people find their voice, and provide a space (and stage) where they can share their stories. “Coming Out Monologues” is a workshop series that will culminate in a live performance / reading of the participants’ work.

These free-to-participant workshops will happen weekly at SP▽CE (2139 Albert Street) and will be led by local queer and trans writers and performers.

Workshop dates are May 12, May 19, May 26 and June 2. A final performance will occur during Queen City Pride festival on June 12th.

Interested participants are encouraged to apply by May 8th at 11:59 pm. A maximum of 12 participants will be selected and contacted. We encourage people of all ages with no writing or performance experience to apply.

May 12 – Writing Workshop with Saima Desai

Saima Desai is the editor of Briarpatch Magazine, an independent magazine of grassroots politics based in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Treaty 4 territory. Briarpatch began 45 years ago as a local anti-poverty newsletter, and has since grown into a national magazine reporting on social movements. In her activism, Saima focusses on migrant justice and Palestine liberation. She gives workshops on media literacy, citizen journalism, and the importance of independent media.

May 19 – Writing Workshop with Shayna Stock

Shayna Stock is a writer and facilitator with a background in spoken word and journalism. A prairie settler who grew up on the shores of Lake Huron, she thinks a lot about gender, privilege, community-based responses to violence, and breakfast.

May 26 – Performance Workshop with Veracity

Veracity got into slam poetry in 2014 because she likes to make friends with things that scare her, like skydiving, improv and eye contact. She has since pushed herself out of her comfort zone into some pretty great places, including on stage at Regina Folk Festival’s Winterruption, representing Regina on 2 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word teams and as ensemble member of the first annual Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival. Veracity uses words and workshops to support things she cares about, like mental health awareness and LGBTQ2IA youth. Writing about everything from the mundane to the magical, she arms herself with word play and charges into the shadows, aiming to return with a little more light.

June 2 – Performance Workshop with Maxwell Adamson

Maxwell Adamson is a gender queer performer, comedian, and filmmaker based out of Regina. They are the head instructor for Globe Theatre School’s Improv for ASD programs, and have performed stand-up comedy opening for groups such as Asperger’s Are Us. Their work focuses on bringing awareness to issues concerning the LGBTQ+ community, mental health, and neurodiversity.



June 2
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity