“Jenna is an eloquent spoken word artist who has a gift for reaching out to students and relating to them in deep and meaningful ways. Students felt she understood their realities, and offered a diverse and empathic perspective as a gay woman of colour.”
– Larry Gauthier, Ridgemont High School, Social Worker
I have extensive experience facilitating workshops with schools, non-profit organizations and community groups. I can tailor my workshops to meet you and your group’s needs for one or multiple sessions. These include:
- Introduction to Spoken Word Poetry
- Building Bridges Between LGBTQ+ and Christian Communities
- Creative Conflict Resolution
Introduction to Spoken Word Poetry
Fear often prevents us from speaking up for a cause we believe in or sharing our story. This interactive workshop introduces you to the world of spoken word poetry and gives you the space to write and express yourself creatively. You will explore a variety of themes, including identity, discovering your passions, finding your voice and the power of your story. Our voices and stories can have a great impact when we are willing to step out of our comfort zone and share our experiences out loud. I am available for one or multiple workshops with your school, non-profit organization or community group.
Building Bridges Between LGBTQ+ and Christian Communities
This creative and hands-on workshop provides space for participants to explore and wrestle with the challenges between LGBTQ+ and Christian communities. There is often a lack of dialogue, judgment and hurt between these groups, which prevents dialogue and understanding. You will be given the space to write and have open conversations in this workshop, as well as creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals in your communities. Building Bridges is ideal for schools and gay-straight alliances, Christian organizations and parents who are struggling to come to terms with their child who is LGBTQ+.
Creative Conflict Resolution
“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood” (Audre Lorde). Conflict surrounds us in our workplaces, at home and in our communities. This workshop will create space for critical dialogue and self-reflection, and give you tools to deal with conflict through storytelling and arts-based practices.