Hello! My Story Matters!

Playwright Saymoukda Vongsay presents three creative writing workshops where teens will use their lived experiences to find the stories that need to be told. Participants will create original artwork based on these stories that will be displayed at the Saint Paul Public LIbrary's Story Fair on May 21.

All workshops will take place at Createch @ Arlington Hills Community Center (1200 Payne Ave.), from 12-2 p.m. All materials and refreshments provided. Registration not required.

May 7:  My Story Matters: Carving Spaces for Ourselves Through Creative Writing

You are unique. No else sees the world exactly like you do and no one else recalls a memory with quite the same details as you do. Using creative writing (poetry, short story, memoir), participants will dig through their lived experiences to find the stories that need to be told. 

May 14: Cape is Under My Shirt: Creating The Super/S/Heroes We See In Ourselves

Why are we drawn to certain superheroes, comic book series, science fiction universes, and alternate realities? What does that say about us? We will identify our own gifts and talents to explore how we can use our strengths to address a social issue to make change. We will imagine ourselves as a Super/S/Hero and the issue as a Super Villain and through the creation of an epic Super/S/Hero monologue, we will slay the Villain once and for all. 

May 21: Story Capes

Teens will share and create a story or memory through prompts, objects, and conversations with Saymoukda that they can imprint onto Story Capes. The Story Capes will be displayed as part of a pop-up exhibit at the library's Story Fair, starting at 2 p.m., after the workshop.

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is an award-winning Lao American poet, playwright, and cultural producer. She was born in a refugee camp in Nongkhai, Thailand and currently lives in Minnesota.

This series was made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.