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'Roots & Rites/Routes & Writes' Call for Participants

‘Roots & Rites/Routes & Writes’ Call for Participants

‘Roots & Rites/Routes & Writes’ Call for Participants

This creative non-fiction writing workshop brings together queer and trans South Asian writers ages 18-30 years to create an archive of their experiences that will be preserved at The ArQuives and the Royal Ontario Museum.

In the workshop, participants will be asked to write about memories or experiences prompted by artifacts from their personal collections – specifically textiles and family photographs. Cloth carries a sense of intimacy, it is connected to the body and can retain the smell and feel of different moments in our lives or of loved ones long gone. In this way, it is akin to a family photograph that carries personal significance and can be attached to a range of emotions. This workshop coincides with the exhibition ” The Cloth that Changed the World: India’s Painted and Printed Cottons” currently on view at the ROM, and is inspired by The Family Camera Network project (http://familycameranetwork.org/).

When: 6 Saturdays, October 31-December 12 2020, 1-4pm There is no workshop on November the 14th

Where: Online, with one socially-distanced site visit to the ROM

Free. Limited to 10 participants. Participants with full attendance will receive a $200 stipend at the end of the program to cover their costs.

The workshop will be led by Jennifer Aja Fernandes, a writer, poet, and playwright, and Community Outreach Worker at The ArQuives. Writing generated through the workshop along with the artifacts that inspired it will join the collections of The ArQuives and the ROM if writers choose. Writers may work on a single piece or multiple pieces, some of which they will have the opportunity to present in a final reading/performance. Opportunities for publication and exhibition of the stories also will be explored.

All participants who self-identify from the South Asian queer and trans community, ages 18-30 years are welcome to apply.

No writing experience is necessary. Participants are free to write in any language; however the workshop will be facilitated in English.

To apply, send a 200-word paragraph describing why you are interested in participating in the workshop and how your participation fits into your present path and future plans.

All submissions should be sent to outreach@arquives.ca by October 21st. Please contact Jennifer Aja Fernandes at The ArQuives with any further questions at outreach@arquives.ca

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‘Roots & Rites/Routes & Writes’ Call for Participants

‘Roots & Rites/Routes & Writes’ Call for Participants

This creative non-fiction writing workshop brings together queer and trans South Asian writers ages 18-30 years to create an archive of their experiences that will be preserved at The ArQuives and the Royal Ontario Museum.

In the workshop, participants will be asked to write about memories or experiences prompted by artifacts from their personal collections – specifically textiles and family photographs. Cloth carries a sense of intimacy, it is connected to the body and can retain the smell and feel of different moments in our lives or of loved ones long gone. In this way, it is akin to a family photograph that carries personal significance and can be attached to a range of emotions. This workshop coincides with the exhibition ” The Cloth that Changed the World: India’s Painted and Printed Cottons” currently on view at the ROM, and is inspired by The Family Camera Network project (http://familycameranetwork.org/).

When: 6 Saturdays, October 31-December 12 2020, 1-4pm There is no workshop on November the 14th

Where: Online, with one socially-distanced site visit to the ROM

Free. Limited to 10 participants. Participants with full attendance will receive a $200 stipend at the end of the program to cover their costs.

The workshop will be led by Jennifer Aja Fernandes, a writer, poet, and playwright, and Community Outreach Worker at The ArQuives. Writing generated through the workshop along with the artifacts that inspired it will join the collections of The ArQuives and the ROM if writers choose. Writers may work on a single piece or multiple pieces, some of which they will have the opportunity to present in a final reading/performance. Opportunities for publication and exhibition of the stories also will be explored.

All participants who self-identify from the South Asian queer and trans community, ages 18-30 years are welcome to apply.

No writing experience is necessary. Participants are free to write in any language; however the workshop will be facilitated in English.

To apply, send a 200-word paragraph describing why you are interested in participating in the workshop and how your participation fits into your present path and future plans.

All submissions should be sent to outreach@arquives.ca by October 21st. Please contact Jennifer Aja Fernandes at The ArQuives with any further questions at outreach@arquives.ca

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Telephone: 416-777-2755
Email: queeries@arquives.ca

Street Address:
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

Mailing Address:
The ArQuives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9

PUBLIC HOURS

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday

Please note that The ArQuives offices will be closed for winter holidays from December 21, 2019 to January 6, 2020. We will resume normal hours on January 7, 2020. All reference requests made to queeries@arquives.ca after December 12, 2019 will be answered in January 2020.

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:

Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at queeries@arquives.ca listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.


The ArQuives is located on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The ArQuives strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.

The ArQuives has an access ramp to the front door and a lift from the first floor to the second floor. There are volunteers available to operate the lift. 

 There is an accessible washroom on the first floor. All washrooms are gender-neutral. 

 The ArQuives is a scent-free environment. 

 Please contact The ArQuives if you have any specific questions about accessibility that we can help with at queeries@arquives.ca.