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Exploring Memoir with Emily Gillespie

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June 4 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm PDT

NEW to ConnecTra programming, Exploring Memoir with Emily Gillespie! Join us on Tuesdays from 4 – 5 PM PT!
This eight-week class is for people looking to share their story through memoir writing. During the class, we will explore how to find your topic and the structure for writing both short essays and book-length works.

This class will include weekly check-ins and support from the instructor and classmates. The last two sessions will discuss professional skills like editing and publishing. If you are ready to explore your voice and get your story out there, then this class is for you!

Note: Registration and commitment to weekly attendance are required. Bring your work-in-progress or ideas to brainstorm to class.

Emily Gillespie (she/they) is a mad and autistic author, disability activist, and professional daydreamer. Gillespie has a BA in Gender Equality and Social Justice, an MA in Critical Disability Studies and a certificate in Creative Writing.Their writing explores themes of memory, identity and mental health journeys. Emily enjoys working in community spaces and examining individual and collective experiences. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, walking, dancing, swimming and people-watching in cafes throughout Toronto.

Dancing with Ghosts (Leaping Lion Books, 2017) is her first novel, and she is currently drafting her second grant-funded novel about the failures of the emergency mental health system. She recently finished co-editing an anthology, Mighty: an Anthology of Disabled Superheroes by Renaissance Press, published in fall 2023.

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The Disability Foundation and affiliated societies' locations, programs, and events are inclusive and welcoming environments. Participation in any of the aforementioned organizations is subject to the observance of the Disability Foundation and affiliated societies' rules and procedures. Staff, volunteers, and clients are part of a team and expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner. This means that physical harm, verbal or written abuse, harassment of any kind, and any bullying behaviour will not be tolerated. Anyone found to have committed conduct prohibited by the societies is subject to disciplinary actions as deemed fit by the Executive Director, up to and including removal from the programs.