Writing the City: Freedmen’s Town


Saturday, February 4 & Saturday, February 18 | 9AM – 12PM

$100 / participant

6 hours G/T credit

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WITS is excited to offer a new writing workshop series for K-12 educators. Join us for our first two-part writing on location adventure.

  • Work with a professional writer

  • Write on location in response to some of the Fourth Ward’s most interestingly complex historical markers

  • Create multi-media projects that interweave private and public histories

  • Discuss classroom applications

 


In this writing workshop for educators, participants will write on location in response to some of the Fourth Ward’s most interestingly complex historical markers: the skeleton of a neighborhood church, streets paved in brick by freed slaves, shotgun houses, and the city’s first African-American school. At each we will consider how the story of the space has been written and/or revised over time, drawing connections—through writing, photographs, and discussion—between our personal stories as Houstonians and the city’s. We will then create multimodal projects that interweave private and public histories to present a nuanced view of our collective memory.

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About the WITS writer:

saraSara Cooper received her MFA in poetry at New Mexico State University. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Mid-American Review, BorderSensesPuerto del SolHYSTERIA: A Feminist Anthology of Poetry and Microfiction, and Mutabilis Press’s Houston Nature Anthology. A chapbook of poems, Mis—, was published in 2014 by Grandma Moses Press. She teaches writing at the University of Houston, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy. Since becoming a Writer in Residence with WITS five years ago, she has introduced alternative media to the writing classroom, including digital storytelling and multi-genre writing. She frequently works with HISD teachers on professional development projects, most recently through WITS Collaborative and the UH Honors College Common Ground Teachers Institute.