Online Workshop: Decolonial Storytelling
Summary:In this course, we will explore how the English language can restrict our storytelling and our imagination. We’ll consider how English and its rules influence our storytelling of the other and pushes us to repeat colonial assumptions of the ‘alien’/‘foreign’. We’ll look beyond Western rules and implement this in our writing and sharing of the ‘other.’
First Nations writers may attend this course for free. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
This seminar will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.
You Will Learn:
- How English can restrict our storytelling
- How Dreams can also be our native language
- How the foreign/the alien and their treatment is a continued cycle of colonisation
- How we can decolonise our storytelling and our treatment of the other
- How to imagine beyond western rules of storytelling and implement that in our writing and the sharing of the ‘other’
About the Tutor:
Vika Mana is a proud Torres Strait Islander and Tongan storyteller that takes many forms. They descend from the Zagareb and Dauareb tribes of Mer Island and the village of Fahefa in Tonga. They perform poetry, write criticism, breathe life into worlds. They've written for Overland, The Spinoff, The Saturday Paper and several publications both at home and internationally. They also feature in Fire Front edited by Allison Whittaker and Unlimited Futures edited by Ellen van Neerven and Rafeif Ismail.
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