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Homebound: Poetry Workshop Series for Young Muslim Women with Shadi Eskandani

October 5th, 2012     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

Outburst! Young Muslim Women Safety Project

Outburst! Young Muslim Women Safety Project Presents:

Join us to create, dream and write!

Homebound is a six session workshop series that will focus on the writing of poetry as a form of artistic expression, craft and healing. In our biweekly gatherings we will use our pens and voices to explore the theme of “Home” with the intent of publishing work(s). We strive to make this is a safer space for everyone to use their creative voice and be heard. This group will be a place to honour our experiences and hear our peers’ truths. The workshops are open to anyone (16 - 26) who self-identifies as a Muslim woman through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, ancestral connections.


TTC tokens
Childcare (upon 48 request)
Language Interpreters (including ASL) available
Opportunity to be published
Opportunity to create a digital video of a poem

Dates for workshops

Saturday Oct 6th & Oct 20th: Writing Workshop 489 College Street 1 - 4 Saturday Nov 3rd & 17th: Writing Workshop 489 College Street 1 - 4 Saturday Dec 1st & 15th: Writing Workshop 489 College Street 1 - 4

Pre-registration is required please contact us to register 416-323-9149 ext 234 or

Homebound ~ Poetry Workshops for Young Muslim Women is one of several workshop series by Outburst!. Outburst! Young Muslim Women Safety Project is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence. As young Muslim women we want to determine the ways in which we define and access safety. Outburst!, a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, is an opportunity for us to build community through art, education and research.

Shadi Eskandani is an Iranian-born, Toronto-based poet/writer/youth support worker. She holds a Masters degree in Social Anthropology from York University. Her publications appear in Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality, as well as upcoming publications in in the seventh annual Diaspora Dialogues anthology, TOK: Writing the New Toronto. She has also translated Iranian children’s book, Good Night Commander. Shadi facilitates poetry workshops around the city, and as well, has performed her poetry at various events in Toronto. Shadi is currently completing a collection of her poetry, and working on a novella.

Funding for Outburst! Young Muslim Women Safety Project provided by Trillium Foundation and Laidlaw.

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