Home and Hope Writing Workshop with Lansing-area Poet Laureate Laura Apol (Free)
In his book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City", Matthew Desmond ends with an epilogue titled, “Home and Hope.” It begins: “The home is the center of life… In languages spoken all over the world, the word for ‘home’ encompasses not just shelter but warmth, safety, family.”

In this day-long writing workshop tailored for women who have experienced housing insecurity, we will think about Home and Hope. In the morning, we will think together about home, which for each of us will be individual. When we think of the homes we grew up in, we may have feelings of nostalgia, loss, gratitude, regret, emptiness, anger, fear. Maybe home for us was a place of safety, but maybe it was not. And when we think of the homes we have had as adults, the emotions may be similar or different.

In the afternoon we will think, then, about hope connected to home. What do we hope for from home or for a home? How does or doesn’t that happen? What do we do with or without a home? What do we understand—and what do we need others to understand—about our experience of and our longings for home?

Finding words through writing is a way to understand and to be understood; as such it can be a first step toward individual and community change.

All ages and writing abilities are welcome; light snacks and lunch will be provided.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Allen Neighborhood Center
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