Group coaching sessions are a way for writers of color to drop-in for support and insight from Jesi, as well as experience personal connections and camaraderie with other writers.
Coaching sessions address issues such as making time to write, getting past writer’s block, and balancing creative work with personal and professional life. Importantly, they also address the risks writers are taking, or would like to take, to represent themselves honestly as womxn of color: whether through the topics, voices, or beliefs expressed in their work.
Once our work is out in the world, it will likely be consumed by readers and listeners of all kinds. However, I’ve found that developing that work in a mixed group often makes it more difficult for writers of color to find their authentic voices. By providing a space exclusively for writers of color, these coaching sessions (as well as Jesi’s workshops and writers circles) provide an opportunity to experiment and take creative and personal risks, without the emotional labor of writing alongside white-identified writers, especially when it comes to issues of racial identity and experience.
Free Group Coaching Sessions are scheduled from 10-11 a.m./PST on the following dates in 2019: January 12, January 19, January 26