If you happen to live in the San Francisco Bay area, you might want to check out these upcoming summer writing workshops with writer, performer and scholar Lisa Marie Rollins.
Lisa developed the one-woman show Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girl's Story of Being Adopted by a White Family...That Aren't Celebrities, which takes a comedic but intense look at her adoption experience in the 1970s. She's also pursuing a Ph.D. at Berkeley in African Diaspora Studies, where her work focuses on the phenomenon of white parents adopting black children.
Lisa is offering a series of workshops designed for adopted people, adoptive parents and birth parents:
“Adoption, My Voice, My Body: A Writing Workshop”
Do you have a story related to adoption and family you have been wanting to tell? Something to celebrate? Something you have been struggling with? Do you have a memory you would like to start writing down? A memoir you want to begin or keep writing on? This is an excellent workshop for both those who will for the first time be trying to consider how adoption has impacted their life and for those who have spent a lot of time considering their relationship to adoption. This workshop is for both experienced writers and those who have no writing experience. We will work from “where you are” to explore your stories, thoughts and ideas.
Week 1: For Adopted People (10 seats) – Sunday June 5th
This week welcomes all adopted people – same race, transracial / inter-country and kinship adoptees. We will spend time reading, discussing and writing our memories, our voices and our stories as adopted people and time focusing on our bodies as holding memory and histories that need to be spoken.
Week 2: For Adoptive Parents (10 seats) – Saturday June 11th
This week welcomes adoptive parents to spend time exploring your stories. We will spend time reading, discussing and writing your memories, your voices and time with the concepts of family, mothering and fathering in a way that will focus on your own specific stories of the challenges and joys of adoptive parenting.
Week 3: For Birth Parents (10 seats) – Saturday June 18th
This week welcomes all Birth Parents, both mothers and fathers together to write. We will spend time reading, discussing and writing your stories, thoughts and ideas about your connection or disconnection to the children in your life who are also impacted by adoption and your body as it remembers the past.
For more information, visit Lisa's website.