Writing Alone Together: A Multi-Literacy Practice for Our Times
Thursday, June 11
From 1 to 3pm
Ponderosa Digital Literacy Centre
Join poet, author and educator Dr. Ahava Shira as she celebrates her new book Writing Alone Together. Offering a process for sharing, listening and paying attention to our own and each other’s lives, Writing Alone Together transforms writing into a catalyst for meaningful conversation, storytelling, mindfulness, artistic expression and mutual support.
In a world that is becoming increasingly virtual, how do we help ourselves and our students sustain our physical connections to each other? Experience the warmth and intimacy of Writing Alone Together. Pull yourself back into the present and into the vital nourishment of face-to-face expression and conversation. Write your stories authentically, boldly and honestly.
Dr. Shira will share how this transformative writing pedagogy is being used with k-12 students in two school districts in BC to encourage students’ self-awareness, self-compassion and resilience and with adult learners at the Centre for Loving Inquiry.
Through the support of the four practices of Writing Alone Together, Ahava will create a space for participants to attend to their emerging inquiries and pay attention to the inquiries of others. Originally conceived for women writing in a circle, Ahava has adapted these practices to be supportive of diverse writers’ needs.
Poet, performer and creative mentor, Dr. Ahava Shira completed her PhD at UBC with the playful and poetic support of Professors Carl Leggo, George Belliveau and Karen Meyer. Founder of the Centre for Loving Inquiry, on Salt Spring Island, where she mentors a vibrant community of artistic women, Ahava is the writing mentor for Let’s Get ExperiMental, a program in the Gulf Islands School District, funded through Artstarts Artist in the Class Program, Salt Spring Arts Council, BC Arts Council and the Province of BC.
Known for creating playful, non-judgemental spaces for creative expression and collaboration, Dr. Shira is the author of a book of poetry Weaving of My Being, a poetry CD Love is Like This and co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection with Lynda Monk and Wendy Judith Cutler. She is also the editor of three anthologies of students’ words: Scattered Change, Paper Airplanes and the forthcoming Writers of the Square Table. Her poems and articles on Loving Inquiry have been published in several journals and books including Educational Insights, The Art of Poetic Inquiry, Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast and A Heart of Wisdom: Life Writing as Empathetic Inquiry.