The Centre for Stories is launching Bright Lights, No City, a project about the experiences of LGBTQI+ youth from rural, regional and remote areas of Western Australia.
We are seeking applicants 18-25 who identify as LGBTQI+ and grew up in or continue to live in country Western Australia.
We are offering our participants story training in either written or oral format. Participants will self-select the format that they are most comfortable with and partake in a series of workshops to develop their storytelling techniques. These stories will be recorded and shared with a live audience.
Oral storytelling workshops will be run by storyteller, author and activist Sisonke Msimang. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Newsweek and a range of other international publications. Sisonke has told stories at The Moth, TED and TEDxSoweto.
Written story workshops will be run by author Susan Midalia. She is the author of three collections of short stories, which have been shortlisted for major literary awards. She has taught literature at both secondary and tertiary levels for over 30 years and is an experienced workshop facilitator.
What We Need from You
We ask participants to share their personal story about growing up queer in a rural, regional or remote area of WA.
We require participants’ full commitment for the duration of the project. The oral story training format will involve three – 3 hour workshops and individual mentoring if needed. The written format will involve four – 3 hour workshops.
Oral stories will be recorded as audio files and shared alongside the written stories on the Centre’s website and through numerous organisation’s social media platforms. We will hold an event at the Centre for Stories on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, where the stories will be shared with a live audience.
At the Centre for Stories we believe that collecting and sharing stories is essential for changing attitudes and actions in our community, and we undertake this project to provide representation for a marginalised community, to gain an understanding of the varying experiences of those who grew up identifying as LGBTQI+ and to develop understanding and empathy amongst a wider general audience.
Please send queries or your expression of interest in participating along with some background information (50 words) to: firstname.lastname@example.org