Delta Stageworks Presents
My Mother’s Story for Diverse Voices
A 3-week Writing Workshop
with Marilyn Norry
August 8, 15 and 22
ONLINE OR IN-PERSON
“The challenge: Write the 2,000 word story of your mother’s life, from beginning to end, just the facts, where you are just one of the facts.” My Mother’s Story, by Marilyn Norry
Delta Stageworks is excited to be offering a 3-week series of personal narrative writing workshops – held online and in-person– with Marilyn Norry, Vancouver actor, writer, editor, educator and creator of the marvellously successful My Mother’s Story project. Since 2004, Marilyn’s workshops have been the catalyst for women – and men – in communities around the world to connect with their mother’s life story.
WHAT IS IT?
In this My Mother’s Story for Diverse Voices workshop, we welcome women and men in Delta who identify as culturally diverse to explore the process of writing their mother’s life story and also sharing their family history within a supportive context.
“In writing this story you will discover things about yourself, your mother, and your family that perhaps you never knew before. This simple act will shine a light on a life that might otherwise be forgotten…you’ll also be declaring that women have an indelible space in our collective history.” Marilyn Norry
My Mother’s Story workshops are all about spending some quality time with the memories you have about your mother and exploring the times she lived in. It’s open to you whether your mother is still living or not. It’s accessible to everyone; even if you don’t consider yourself a writer! Through a number of writing exercises over the 3 weeks, you will build a chronology of her life, sift through important events, separate facts from emotion and arrive at a discovery draft.
At Delta Stageworks, we have a commitment to foster diversity and inclusivity in our community through public arts activities and performances. Creating space for diverse community voices also a way in which we can all contribute to the larger history of women’s lived experiences in BC. “Greater Vancouver is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, and yet it’s surprisingly rare that we hear or see the life stories of women who come from this incredible cultural mosaic that’s all around us,” says Marilyn.
In October 2021, interested participants can participate in a storytelling (performance based) workshop with Marilyn Norry and artist associate Cory Haas, which will lead to a public storytelling event in 2022.
“Thanks for leading the workshop I attended a while back. It gave me the chance to get unstuck and get her story written. More importantly the process allowed me to forgive her for things I had forgotten about and then move into celebrating who she really was. Your workshop helped me uncover the personal attributes that I inherited from her that are valuable and positive. So much gratitude.” Cory Bretz, Campbell River, 2019
WHEN AND WHERE?
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS IN AUGUST:
August 8th from 2pm-5pm
August 15th from 2pm-5pm
August 22nd from 2pm-5pm
The workshop is offered as either an online (Zoom) or in-person option. In-person workshops take place at Cloud 30 in the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall, 1299A 56 St, Delta, BC V4L 2A6
Interested in future My Mother’s Story workshops? Email us at email@example.com
MY MOTHER'S STORY ARCHIVES
Visit the My Mother’s Story online archives – an ongoing project of the My Mother’s Story foundation – to read some amazing women’s life stories mymothersstory.org