Putting the Pain to Paper Workshop at Philly Feminist Zine Fest 2012

Philly Feminist Zine Fest will be held August 26th from 12-5 @ the William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce Street).

WORKSHOP: Putting the Pain to Paper: Writing about the Tuff Stuff – by Cynthia Schemmer and Kathleen McIntyre of the For the Birds Collective.
This interactive workshop will explore writing as a tool for processing painful experiences such as grief, illness, loss, and trauma.  We will discuss the psychological impact of writing and self-publishing on both individuals andcommunities and explore why and how it can help us heal.  Together we will do a writing exercise and provide ideas to help you engage with your own writing process.  We’ll also highlight the specific zines and books that we think exhibit a good job of tackling the “tuff stuff” as inspiration.  Workshop led by Cynthia Ann Schemmer, MFA (creative nonfiction) and author of “Habits of Being” zine, and Kathleen McIntyre, LMSW and editor of “The Worst” zine on grief and loss.

You can read presenter Cynthia Schemmer’s interview with the fest organizers here.

General Event Details:
– This event will be a fundraiser for Project Safe (which provides harm reduction and other services to sex workers in Philly).
– Philly Feminist Zine Fest was inspired by the rad friends who put together NYC Feminist Zine Fest.
-There will be a zine reading the night before the fest at Wooden Shoe Books on South Street.
-The day of the fest, there will be workshops, skills shares, raffles, and tasty vegan baked goods.
ActionAIDS will be providing free and confidential rapid HIV testing in a private room at the fest from 12-5.
***Check back after this weekend for photos, recap, and a copy of our resource list from the talk! ***