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Date(s) - 10/28/17
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Patchogue-Medford Library


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URL for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1963065333908168/.


On October 28th, the Freedom Forums, a statewide literary event designed to spotlight the ongoing struggles to preserve our democratic values such as freedom, equality, and justice under the law, will be coming to the Patchogue Medford Public Library. In honor of their groundbreaking memoir writing workshops with Long Island’s most vulnerable and isolated populations, Herstory Writer’s Workshop was selected by the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy to represent and lead the Long Island region. The Patchogue Arts Council, Building Bridges in Brookhaven, People Power Patchogue, and the Long Island Language Advocates Coalition are also joining in this effort to demonstrate how grassroots literature can change hearts, minds, and public policy.

The day long event will begin at 9:30am with presentation by poet Kathy Engel followed by selected Herstory Writers reading memoir excerpts highlighting their journeys towards justice. The program will then shift to a town-hall format wherein participants will discover how they can turn their own personal story into a literary work that will help mend the bridges in communities torn apart by violence and hatred. Each new story shaped aloud will help give voice to another, leading to a writing break and a re-convening in which the story openings will be shared, culminating in a call to action.

The Freedom Forum will serve as a springboard for subsequent workshops during which participants can complete their stories. The weekly workshops will be held for four sessions during November in multiple locations, including Patchogue, Central Islip, Wyandanch, and Huntington. The over-arching goal is to bring together members of Suffolk County’s hidden communities to cultivate empathy and a deeper understanding of the challenges confronting them in the current climate. With the writers’ permission, the stories will be shared in various formats ranging from Herstory’s Digital Archive to local newspapers to sermons in churches, mosques, and synagogues.

This program was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Patchogue-Medford Public Library, Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Humanities New York.

The Patchogue-Medford Library is located at 54-60 East Main Street in Patchogue. For more information, contact the Patchogue Arts Council at info@patchoguearts.org. The Patchogue Arts Council, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to serving the community by encouraging, promoting and supporting the arts.