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Founded in 1996, Herstory Writers Workshop provides opportunities through guided memoir writing that empower people from all walks of life (regardless of age, race, religion, financial status or sexual orientation, whether incarcerated or free) to turn their intimate stories into works of art crafted so that others can hear. Herstory is committed to providing an environment of intensive instruction which, in addition to creating literary works, upholds our values of empathy, inclusiveness, self-guided healing, safety and the search for social change in the expression of voices that historically have been most profoundly silenced.
Since its inception, Herstory has taught others to transform their personal stories into intensely moving narratives that connect individual experiences with larger social issues. Working in English and Spanish In partnership with colleges, universities, schools and nonprofit organizations, Herstory gives voice to the most isolated and vulnerable populations on Long Island: women in prison, in homeless shelters, women on disability and welfare, domestic workers, Asian, Hispanic and Caribbean immigrants, pregnant and parenting teens and, more recently, to young men and boys - including students caught in the school-to-prison pipeline.
Herstory currently offers weekly workshops on Long Island year-round, 3 in jail-based settings, 2-4 in Spanish, 5-10 in affiliation with colleges, universities, and public schools. For more: http://www.herstorywriters.org