Delta Stageworks is announcing a four-week online writing workshop coming in May called 'My Mother's Story'.
The program is led by Marilyn Norry, Vancouver actor and author, and a member of the Delta Stageworks artistic team for 2021.
“Since 2004 Marilyn has taken this amazing writing program she developed to communities all over B.C. and around the world to tremendous acclaim,” says artistic director Peg Keenleyside. “So we're so pleased to bring this program to Delta; especially in the month of May when we celebrate our mothers’ lives, and at a time when many of us are feeling isolated and craving some creativity.”
The My Mother's Story writing workshop will run on Tuesday evenings from May 4 to 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Interested participants do not have to have prior writing experience. A series of exercises and editing guidance are provided. The cost is $65, and registration details are available at: www.deltastageworks.ca.
“The journey you'll take over our four weeks together is to write the story of your mother's life, from beginning to end, just the facts, where you are just one of the facts,” said Norry. “All in 2,000 words. In writing this story you will discover things about yourself, your mother, and your family that perhaps you never knew before.”
Delta Stageworks got its start in 2020 and has a mandate to provide inclusive arts programming to the Delta community.
Keenleyside encourages diverse voices to participate in the program.
“Your mother's childhood experiences may have taken place a long way from your life in Canada and this is a great way to document those stories about her before they're forgotten,” she said.The artistic team hopes that come fall, more in-person activities will be able to take place and that the stories emerging from the My Mother's Story workshop at Delta Stageworks can develop into an evening of storytelling where writers share their mothers’ stories with the community.