Dedicated to the voices of women, silenced and unsung, or just coming into being . . .
Hands Across the Community:
Youth Writing for Justice
Reading and Celebration
Wednesday, May 15th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Roosevelt Public Library
To download our invitation click here
Meet students from four colleges, two public schools, and an alternative school who
are writing together with the hope that their stories can help to create a just, equitable
New volume sheds light on the plight of
incarcerated teen girls
To download a press release, click here.
To read a sample story, click here.
To order the new and expanded issue of VOICES, click here.
Suffolk County Welcomes Herstory's Reading Circles as a tool to promote better understanding
Click here to watch a Newsday Video of a Herstory reading circle with Suffolk County commissioners, department heads and task force leaders, following a press conference with County Executive Steve Bellone, Long Island Wins and Herstory Writers Workshop in celebration of National Welcoming Week.
Reading and Writing for Justice In Patchogue
To download a “Bridges to Justice” workshop flyer, click here.
To download an “Unheard Voices” reading circle flyer, click here.
To download information about Memories of Motherhood/Memorias de la maternidad, click here.
Introducing Herstory’s New Justice Corner
If your words had the power…These words have become the rallying cry for an expanding network of Herstory writers and readers.
To enter, click here.
BILINGUAL WELCOMING CIRCLES & BOOK CLUBS
Connecting through Our Stories
Tuesdays, Nov. 27 and Dec. 18 at Port Jefferson Free Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
To download a flyer, click here.
New DVD takes the Herstory method to a wider circle. For a ready-to-use track-by-track syllabus, click here.
If your words had the power to change a law or an attitude…
Stories shaped in our prison writing project become required reading for incoming officers in Suffolk County's corrections academy
December 17th was an historical day for the women and teen girls incarcerated in Suffolk County's two correctional facilities, as they learned that their stories had become part of mandatory training for incoming corrections officers in the academy... read more
Youth Empowerment through Guided Memoir Writing
Herstory on air
Every Sunday, 8:30 – 9:30 AM on La Nueva Fiesta WBON 98.5/96.9FM Long Island & Connecticut, 1490AM South Jersey
Un programa literario y cultural que resaltará las voces e historias de mujeres que han escrito con los talleres de escritura Herstory Writers Workshop a través de Long Island.
A literary and cultural program that highlights the voices and stories of women who have written with Herstory Writers Workshop across Long Island.
Weekly programming made possible through the Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs.
Herstory on NBC News
The sixth anniversary celebration of Herstory prison program (which offers four weekly writing workshops for incarcerated women and more recently teen girls) was filed and aired by NBC News. See it here: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/station/as-seen-on/Women_Behind_Bars_Write_their_Stories_New_York.html
Short of air, water and food, I can't think of anything that's more important than being able to tell our stories, to be heard, and to hear the stories of people around us. In some original cultures, a person who is ill is told, ‘You've lost your song’ or ‘You've lost your story.’ Your project is helping women toward health and community.
— from Gloria Steinem to Herstory Writers Workshop
“We all know our stories, but it is the act of shaping them that teaches us our journeys.” These are the words of Herstory’s founder and artistic director Erika Duncan
, who pioneered an approach to memoir writing that over the past 14 years has touched thousands of women and girls.
Whether we are beginners or seasoned writers, we work with the belief that writing at its best can conquer oppression; indeed it can change hearts and lives. As each writer finds a way to recapture her memories so that others can walk in her shoes, she reaches the hearts of those who have helped her craft her story, and barriers that so often divide us begin to dissolve. Week by week and chapter by chapter, what was relegated to silence begins to be heard. Sometimes the result is deep bonding. Sometimes it is individual healing. But always the writing grows more powerful as blocks are overcome and larger structures emerge. Click for more.
Introducing our new Facebook, Twitter
and Justice Corner Blog
Click here to meet our new intern