DIVERSITY WEEK NEWS
As part of Diversity Week events in Los Alamos writer Jennifer Simpson will lead a workshop on writing a three-minute story with the theme of food and culture from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Unquarked.
You love to tell stories and people respond positively when you regale them, or you would like to tell stories and you don’t know how to take the first step? This Thursday is your chance!
Come late to watch (or participate in) the optional sharing of three-minute stories on the open mic after the workshop. All ages are welcome.
“We thought writing and sharing stories about food would be a fun idea,” said Simpson. “We can say a lot about ourselves, our family history, our culture, through food—what we like, what we don’t like, our go-to comfort foods, etc.”
“I spent part of my childhood in Hawaii and I still have strong ties there. There’s a Hawaiian phrase, ‘talk story,’ which means ‘to chat,’ but it’s more than that,” said Simpson. “Sharing stories is a way to connect on a deep level. DimeStories does something similar—in sharing our stories we share the essence of ourselves.”
The Dime Stories Writing Workshop and Storytelling Open Mic event is part of Diversity Week as proclaimed by the County Council from January 20–27.
“DimeStories are three-minute stories (prose, not poetry) read by the author. They’re funny, they’re heart-wrenching, fictional or factual, they’re always true,” said Simpson.
Founded by novelist Amy Wallen, DimeStories is now managed by Simpson who lives in Albuquerque, DimeStories have been read on public radio, and regular open mics happen in San Diego, Ft. Collins, and Albuquerque.
Diversity Week host One Los Alamos invites the community to celebrate our community’s diversity with a series of art and cultural events in Los Alamos. All events are free and open to all. Co-sponsor UnQuarked will be selling international foods.
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