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May 2020

A Creative Response to Covid-19

Words of Colour Presents: A Creative Response to Covid-19

May 26 - August 15

We are hosting a programme of free professional development and creative wellbeing sessions for writers and creatives of colour. Led by members of the Words of Colour team, with contributions from our partners and associates, the sessions will be hosted on Zoom and IG Live, and run between 26 May and 15 August 2020, covering the following topics: Conscious Isolation | 26 MAY | Personal Development Consultant Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz, provides an opportunity to explore the gift of 'retreat' created by the Covid-19…

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June 2020

Sustainable Design for Social Impact

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

 As digital increasingly becomes the new norm, the need for new services and solutions to existing and emerging problems has accelerated. Words of Colour's Sustainable Designer Ahsan Khan will take you through the basics of Design Thinking, and how to use digital tools for social impact. The session will explore: What sustainability and social innovation is What tools will help you deliver social impact What digital tools are best to use to reach your goals Case studies of social design…

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A Space to Talk and Be

June 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Discuss Covid-19’s impact on you personally and professionally, and identify wellbeing methods to take forward with a qualified counsellor Word of Colour’s Director of Creative Wellbeing and People and qualified Psychosynthesis Therapeutic Counsellor, Suzanne Lyn-Cook, will lead a group session, for 10 people, to discuss Covid-19’s impact and coping methods. Suzanne says: 'We are living in a world that seems familiar, yet we are in uncharted waters. We are being brought to the edge of our comfort zone. All that we…

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Finance Clinic for Self-Employed Creatives

June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Award-winning accountant and business adviser Shameika Byfield will explore the impact of Covid-19 on entrepreneurs and creatives, take your questions and explain budgeting and contingency. At this challenging time, many entrepreneurs, self employed writers, creatives and artists of colour are facing uncertainty over how to generate a secure income during the Covid-19 lockdown, including knowing what is available for them in terms of financial support , and whether it is worthwhile pursuing a business idea or launch at this time.…

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July 2020

Breathe, Overcome Fear and Nurture Creativity

July 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Join Patsy Isles, Words of Colour Associate and Creative Wellbeing Coach, who will use breathwork and journaling to help you overcome creative barriers and strengthen your respiratory system. A founding member of Words of Colour's Creative Wellbeing Hub, Patsy says: 'It’s easy to feel fearful during these uncertain times. And as creative beings, this fear can hinder your creativity. In this one-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to build lung capacity to strengthen your respiratory system, use your breath to overcome fear…

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Gain Clarity with Structural Thinking

July 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Led by Words of Colour's Academic Partner, Dr Angela Martinez Dy, this session will help you structure your thinking and better navigate life in an 'always-on' environment. Expect to be introduced to analogue and digital tools that you can build into your practice, and use to help scaffold your internal conversations and to-do lists, supporting you to gain mental and emotional clarity, and direction in your goals, tasks and priorities.

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Music, Spirituality and Giving Back with DJ Chillz

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Join DJ Chillz in conversation with Words of Colour's executive director Joy Francis about music, spirituality and giving back during Covid-19 on Instagram Live from 6pm-7pm on Monday 20th July 2020. Music reflects the rhythm of life. It inspires creativity, mirrors emotions precisely and stimulates nostalgia, hope, rebirth and redemption. At a time when we are living through a global pandemic, music is now more critical than ever before, keeping black and other people of colour connected to their soul,…

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Reviewing and Interviewing 101

July 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Heather Marks, Words of Colour's Content Editor and freelance theatre writer for The Stage and Bristol 24/7, will teach you how to review theatre and conduct great interviews. This session will cover: the basics of a good review how to secure press tickets and interviewees how to move from independent blogger to paid writer how to always have good interview questions

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August 2020

Build Your Digital Presence

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Free

Mike Andre Joda, Words of Colour’s Web Developer and Design Consultant, will help you develop an online strategy for your project or business in a personal 1-2-1 session. This 1-2-1 session will review your project/business goals and advise you on the first steps you can take to move your idea online. Mike will help you find the platform best suited for your needs. There are four sessions available. Expect to learn how to create a website, buy a web address (domain)…

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Time to Reflect

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 7:20 pm

Word of Colour’s Director of Creative Wellbeing and People and qualified Psychosynthesis Therapeutic Counsellor Suzanne Lyn-Cook will provide two individual 1-2-1 sessions on Covid-19’s impact on you personally and identify wellbeing methods. These 1-2-1 sessions with Suzanne are an opportunity to explore how the Covid-19 crisis is impacting you personally and professionally. Expect to reflect and identify ways forward on the following themes: What am I learning through this experience? What strengths, resources and experiences can I draw on? Am…

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