Spoken Ancestries Workshop

Discover Spoken Ancestries in the Lower Saint Lawrence! Under the guidance of spoken word artist Dona Nham, working through the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s regional StoryScaping project, community members contributed their writing and spoken words to this third issue of FONT magazine. Font is a monthly online magazine that spotlights compelling and innovative English-language literary activity from across Quebec. Enjoy!

Spoken Ancestries is an online spoken word workshop that will take participants on an introspective journey of the Self. Where do we come from? Who do we come from? What is home? Our own personal histories and lineages will be the inspiration for building a deeper language to ourselves and relationship to our roots. Participants will be guided through a series of collective and individual activities that will investigate, explore, and celebrate the mysteries and truths that only they can tell. Elements of spoken word, performance, and play will be explored in the activities. No prior experience needed! Come prepared to be curious, to have fun, to write, to share, and to build a relationship to your story. At the end, you will leave with more creative tools and practice under your belt to share your own ancestral stories through spoken word.


 Wednesdays, November 17, 24,
December 1, December 8* (optional) 2021

from 10am to 12pm

via Zoom

With Dona Nham


We look forward to intergenerational participation in the workshop and encourage duos of grand-parents-children, parent-child, siblings, etc to join us as well! 

There is an opportunity to publish the works of this workshop in a new professional online magazine, with paid remuneration. An additional and optional workshop on 8 December is offered to guide the participants who are interested in publishing to prepare their contribution.

Photo credit: Michael Kovacs 

About Dona

Xin chào! Dona Nham is a Vietnamese-Chinese femme born and raised in Treaty 6 (Edmonton) and has been living in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal) since 2009. She is a spoken-word artist, arts-based facilitator, community organizer and cultural worker. Her practice is inspired by regenerative patterns within nature, the exploration of her ancestry and liminality, stories of resilience and diaspora, and the expansive and evolving work of what it means to decolonize, to heal, to love, and to seek truth, even in the darkest of places.

This Storyscaping workshop is offered in collaboration with Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF)