Seahawk Writing Conference – Stay Tuned for 2023

In 2021, the Festival of Music, Film, Literature, and Art expanded to include the Seahawk Writing Conference, a free, all-day event where writers from Broward College and the community came together virtually for workshops and craft talks.

The first year was about showing up. The words, creativity, and inspiration are sometimes hard to come by, but when the time and space are set aside when we show up with the intention to put in the work, the sometimes elusive Muse sees our efforts, and the words come.

The second-year was about writing ourselves in. Over the past few years, we have called out and named the injustices and chaos surrounding us. With this upcoming conference, let’s call out what we want to see. Let’s come together to write ourselves in and become our own heroes, our own protagonists in the life unfolding before us.

We hope to see you on Friday, March 24, 2023.

Students, staff, faculty, and community members are welcome to join us. Writers of all levels and genres should not miss this free event.

To see what the conference entails, watch the welcome message from our 2022 keynote speaker, Ravynn K. Stringfield.

The schedule for 2023 is in progress. 

In the meantime, take a look below at the 2022 SWC lineup to imagine what’s to come for 2023!

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM

Welcome Session

  • Introduction to the conference
  • Overview of the schedule
  • Welcome from keynote speaker, Ravynn K. Stringfield, author, columnist, and scholar. 

Session 1 | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Hidden Languages: Discovering the Multilingual Poem

Hosted by Mia Leonin

In this workshop, participants will read and write multilingual poems. The premise is that we each possess multiple lexicons based on culture, identity, birthplace, work experience, and interests and that harnessing these can lead to more authentic and dynamic poetry.

Curse Words, Dirty Talk, and “Bad” Grammar: How Policing of Language Shapes Our Identities as Writers

Hosted by Naylet Leon

What is bad language? Who determines it? How does it shape us as writers? These aren’t easy questions but ones that should be discussed because our identities as writers are shaped by what we have been taught about language—that there is a good and a bad side to it. This craft talk seeks to unpack these questions so that we may further explore how “good” and “bad” words have impacted our identities as writers.

Session 2 | 11:00 AM – 12:15 AM

Break on Through to the Other Side: Unpacking the Myth of Writer’s Block

Hosted by Vicky Santiesteban

We will explore the myth of writer’s block and engage in writing activities that help us “break on through to the other side.”

OwnVoices Brainstorming: Mining Our Lives and Experiences to Create Stories and Poems

Hosted by Alexandra Alessandri

In this interactive session, children’s author and poet Alexandra Alessandri will lead attendees through brainstorming exercises that focus on using our cultural backgrounds and lived experiences as a well of material for stories and poems. Attendees will engage in a series of exercises that will result in viable ideas for future projects.

Session 3 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The Storytelling Laboratory: Building Digital Spaces for Writing Experiments

With Ravynn K. Stringfield

Not knowing what to expect out of a graduate school experience allowed Ravynn K. Stringfield to build it as her personal storytelling laboratory. From her time blogging about the realities of her Ph.D. program on Black Girl Does Grad School and tweeting her way into affirming Black woman academic circles, to pursuing publication in independent magazines and acquiring representation for her fiction, experimentation enabled Ravynn to write herself into academia—and in many spaces beyond. 

Our keynote speaker will lead participants in a one hour craft talk and reading followed by a Q&A session.

Session 4 | 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Happy Hour & Reading

In celebration of a day well spent, bring your favorite dessert, and join everyone for a reading. Attendees and facilitators can share their work either previously written or inspired by today’s events.