Omar Musa, a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper, and poet kicked off the entire festival. We were so thrilled he joined us all the way from Queanbeyan, Australia to regale us with his melodic spoken word readings—even weathering the unusually frigid April temperatures . . .
Diaspora Dialogues is pleased to announce it’s programmed a number of established and emerging spoken word artists and poets to open Spur Toronto’s panels.
Omar Musa will be reading his work at the opening session of Spur festival on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m . . .
Pratap Reddy first got involved with Diaspora Dialogues as a mentee back in 2008 as part of our (soon-to-be-relaunched) short form mentorship program. In 2012, he participated in our long form mentorship, writing and revising Weather Permitting and Other Stories, with the help of mentor Cynthia Holz . . .
This mentorship program is a stepping stone in my writing career. As someone who has been teaching herself the craft of short stories by reading other authors, I have been searching for one-on-one professional guidance tailored specifically to my stories for a very long time . . .
This is first time I am writing a play (outside of my youth work) so to get feedback, mentorship and to learn from those that write in the classical tradition is extremely valuable as they come in with a different set of eyes than my physical theatre/collective creation background . . .
I’m obviously very happy to have a chance to work with Nino Ricci, whose work I’ve admired for a long time. I hope to get a good solid critique about my work-in-progress, and advice on all the elements that go into making a novel: plot, structure, overall dramatic quality, characters, etc., etc . . .
I worked on dis.chord as my thesis for the University of Guelph-Humber’s MFA in Creative Writing program, and the awesome Russell Smith served as my advisor. The structure, support and accountability of that mentorship was immensely helpful . . .