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 . . .

‘Belief’ by Mayank Bhatt

Congratulations to 2009 Mentee Mayank Bhatt who has officially launched his first novel ‘Belief’! There is coverage of Mayank’s reading and journey in the Toronto Star and Metro newspapers. For more information click on this link: https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2016/11/21/an-immigrant-security-guards-triumphant-homecoming.html  . . .

‘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 . . .

Diaspora Dialogues Celebrates Indigenous Literature at the Evergreen Brick Works

Sunday June 19, 2016, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. North Pavilion sharing Circle at the Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave Join Diaspora Dialogues for National Aboriginal Day at Evergreen Brick Works, for an afternoon of literature showcasing the works of Indigenous writers, poets and spoken word artists and their contributions to Canadian culture and heritage . . .

A Word of Advice on Grant Writing

Grant Writing Intro

With the June 15th TAC Grant for Writers fast approaching, Diaspora Dialogues asked TAC Dance Officer and Literary Officer, Timea Wharton-Suri, a few questions. 1. What is your role as a Literature Officer for the TAC? The Officer helps guide applicants through the entire application process, answering questions before the deadline, providing feedback on draft applications, and then answering questions after the results are released . . .