What happens when writers’ experiences and personalities have always been expressed in and formed by languages other than English, but their new goal is to tell their stories in English? The result is border-crossing, innovative creative writing. The UBC Learning Exchange’s ESL creative writing group developed from a suggestion by a community member interested in facilitating creative writing, and from the courageous and questioning spirit of the founding group of writers, willing to explore their new lives in Canada – in their new language.
The group’s work has been so successful that it is being presented as part of the Downtown Eastside’s Heart of the City Festival. As the initiative develops, new writers have joined the group, and a graduate student from UBC’s ‘Writers Without Borders’ creative writing course is taking on its facilitation. New learning, all around, is being created through this dynamic collaboration.
“…Now, for me the words inside the mirror don’t summarize any more in dancing words, they have sounds, voice and meaning. The mirror led me toward a new world full of brightness .I found out something new that I was not awared and informed. I became brave enough to express myself and bring up my imagination on the paper. As a second language person I found self confidence and gain experience to run socialize with my host society…” Soudy, a writer in the group
What: Creative writing readings and activities
When: November 3, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main Street