Congratulations, Terri Favro!

Earlier this month, ECW Books published a second book, “Sputnik’s Children”, by Terri Favro from the 2011 short form mentorship. Since then it has been included on the CBC Books Spring Reading List: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2017/04/the-cbc-books-2017-spring-reading-list.html and was one of four books selected by Canadian Living as top picks for May: http://www.canadianliving.com/life-and-relationships/culture-and-entertainment/article/4-amazing-page-turners-that-celebrate-women There is a launch party on Thursday, May 4 from 7pm to 9 at Bar Italia: 582 College Street . . .

DD at Spur 2017

Diaspora Dialogues is pleased to announce it will co-present a few events at the 2017 Spur Toronto festival. We have also programmed a number of established and emerging poets and spoken word artists to open various panels . . .

The Joy of Curiosity

I am used to tight deadlines and working under pressure. I am also a complete workaholic. I think the playwright program will allow me to allocate more time to myself and my writing, and give me the space to wrestle with big ideas on and off the page . . .

The Nuances of Desire

Becoming a Diaspora Dialogues mentee and working with Shani Mootoo is a dream come true. In my creative writing training so far, I have often found myself stranded in classes and spaces that privileged white and straight perspectives . . .

Writing To Discovery

  The feedback I’ve gotten from my previous instructors is that I need to “step into” my pieces more deeply. With my mentor I want to learn how to set up great scenes but also ones that carry a depth of meaning . . .

Inch by Inch, Line by Line

The goal is to walk away with a final draft by the end of the program as such, to have my work reviewed by professionals in the industry is critical. Feedback on its creative and structural elements further improves my ability as a writer and the quality of my existing draft, through subsequent edits . . .

Capturing Continuities

Late last year, I took a leave of absence from my Ph.D in History and began living as a writer. As part of this transition, I began journaling regularly and revisiting past journal entries dating as far back as to when I was 14 or 15 years old . . .

Upcoming DD Workshop!

Check out “The Orchard” by 2016 DD playwright Sarena Parmar. The workshop, a play adapted from Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”,  is playing this Saturday, December 10th at 2:3opm. Admission is free but a ticket is needed to get into the Young Centre during the Christmas Market without paying for entry . . .

‘Rootless’ a Workshop by Tijiki Morris

On October 30th, in the TPM Backspace, 2016 Diaspora Dialogues Playwright Tijiki Morris along with her dramaturge Jivesh Parasram will be presenting ‘Rootless’ as part of Theatre Passe Muraille’s Buzz Series. The workshop: Spinning with djin (spirit), nostalgia and half memories, Rootless follows Roya as she tries to ground herself and her mother years after they have come to a new country . . .