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St. Paul – Telling My Story!

April 23, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT

Composite image featuring photos of founder of the Aya Collective and program manager at the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching at Macalester College, Ebony Adedayo, executive director of Saint Paul Almanac, Pamela Fletcher Bush, and writers T. Aaron Cisco and Junauda Petrus-Nasah.

This full day writing retreat is open to all members of the Black community, writers at all levels and nonwriters alike. After a year and a half of conversations with 16 local writers from our Minnesota literary community, including African Caribbean, African American, and those from multiethnic parentage as well as from the continent of Africa, the Minnesota Black Publishing Arts Collaborative would like to engage the Black community in the process of naming strength and finding healing through writing. This opportunity will help provide a safe and comfortable space to start the writing process, remove some of the barriers of confidence, and provide a roadmap on where or how to start.

To make the writing process accessible and enjoyable, Ebony Adedayo (founder of the Aya Collective, a space that centers the expertise and experience of Black women, and program manager at the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching at Macalester College) and Pamela Fletcher Bush (executive director of Saint Paul Almanac) will gently lead workshop participants in guided writing exercises and discussion that will demonstrate the love for writing and how it can be used as a tool.

Because we know that stories humanize us, the workshop will feature writers T. Aaron Cisco and Junauda Petrus-Nasah, who will read their works to illustrate how using one’s unique voice to tell personal stories brings necessary healing. They have used the pen to help them process and heal from significant events that have interrupted and or impacted their lives.

This writing retreat is being offered by the Minnesota Black Publishing Arts Collaborative in collaboration with the Minnesota Humanities Center.

Continental breakfast and lunch are included. A journal will be provided. Registration will be limited to 40 participants.


You are welcome to register using promo code COMMUNITY to waive the fee if you wish.

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Registration Deadline Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022




April 23, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT
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Saint Paul, MN 55106 United States
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