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“Stories We Tell” Testimonial Writing Workshop

Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY


Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Space is limited and applications are required for the writing workshop—submit at the latest by May 5, 2017. Please e-mail for further details.

During “The Stories We Tell,” The Voices and Faces Project’s two-day testimonial writing workshop for survivors of gender-based violence and other human rights violations, participants read and discuss world- changing testimonial writing across social justice movements, while taking part in a series of innovative writing exercises.

This is a workshop that is as purposeful as it is powerful—a way for those who have lived through or witnessed violence to use their voices to create a more just and fair world. The workshop is led by Anne K. Ream–the founder of The Voices and Faces Project and author of Lived Through This (Beacon Press, 2014), a narrative and photographic memoir of a multi-country journey spent listening to the testimonies of gender-based violence survivors–and R. Clifton Spargo, a novelist, cultural critic, and Iowa Writer’s Workshop alumnus whose work focuses on trauma, testimony, and the memory of justice.

Part of a weekend-long collaboration between Aperture, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and The Voices and Faces Project, presenting an intersectional approach to art-making and storytelling as vehicles to address gender-based violence and trauma, and to create social change. For more information, see here.

Anne K. Ream is the founder of The Voices and Faces Project and the author of Lived Through This a narrative and photographic memoir of a multi-country, multi-year journey spent listening to the testimonies of gender-based violence survivors. Anne’s writing has appeared in The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan, Washington Post, and numerous other publications. A founding board member of Art Works for Change, which produces contemporary art exhibitions that address issues such as social justice, human rights, gender equity, and environmental sustainability, Anne is a passionate believer in media as a tool for creating social change.

R. Clifton Spargo is a novelist and cultural critic. The author of Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, he writes HI/LO, on the interplay of high and low culture, for Huffington Post. A graduate of The Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Clifton has taught creative writing at Marquette University, University of Iowa, and Yale University. His essays and reviews on literature, culture, and ethics have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlantic, Raritan, Commonweal, The Yale Review, Bookslut, The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan, and Chicago’s independent cultural weekly NewCity.

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This program is made possible with the generous support of The Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.