‘New Suns’: An SBF Writing Retreat

Seattle Black Feminists

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“There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.” Octavia Butler

New Suns is the first annual Seattle Black Feminists (SBF) writing retreat. It is a time for Black women to come together in this sacred space and support each other’s writing process; to light the path of another’s journey. Written and oral narratives have been a way Black women have waged resistance and transformed our communities. Then and now, Black women have literally written ourselves and each other into existence.

We will converge in Maple Falls, Washington, at the beautiful and serene Peaceful Mountain Retreat Center from July 15-17, 2016. Through independent writing, group discussions, and workshops, approximately 20 Black women will collectively explore literary traditions. We anticipate this time to be resistive, sacred, and transformative, and will showcase the power of words in written or spoken form.

Our powerful time together will include Black feminist discussion…

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CFS: Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color

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Deeply troubled by recent acts of violence against Black and Brown lesbian, bisexual, and trans* bodies, this work seeks submissions that explore the ways in which LGBTQ women find solace: in each other, in their communities, and from within themselves, as they traverse the dangers of living as LGBTQ women of color in the United States. BLF Press and Resolute Publishing will produce a collection of writing that explores our pain, as well as our attempts to find solace in a world that seeks to destroy us. Audre Lorde writes that “We were never meant to survive,” yet here we are.  What are our strategies for survival? Where do we find solace? We welcome submissions from writers in varying stages of their writing careers, from seasoned to novice.

Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color embraces the complexities of our lives, revealing the depths of our pain and the…

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