When:May to November, 2017
In Our Own Words is a writing and literature based creative project for young writers of migrant background, including young Muslim writers.
In Our Own Words builds upon the success of the Invisible Borders project I’m From Here/I’m From There delivered in 2016 by writer Irfan Master, photographer Hardy Lohse and five first-generation Australians.
Observing themes of immigration, cultural diversity, gender and equality in Australia today, this creative writing project invites participants to develop a body of vibrant fictional works discussing migrant experiences in a positive light.
Through a year long mentorship program with Irfan Master, a small group of emerging migrant writers will develop works that aim to break down the “invisible borders” that continue to exist among the Australian public, by dismissing preconceptions and challenging negative discourse about some of the most marginalized members of our community.
Following a 2-month community development phase, workshops will be held on a weekly basis and the project will invite other visiting artists/writers to join the group at special events and for special weekend workshops.
The project will seek to build links with other writing groups across the ACT as well as the ACT Writer’s Centre.
The project’s lead-artist is writer Irfan Master, who will be supported by Shoeb Ahmad and visiting writer Tasnim Hossain.