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Unearthing and amplifying stories in our community

"What I love most about Richmond Story House is how they've created an intentional and inclusive storytelling community. They show that unearthing diverse and marginalized voices is core to their mission." - Betsy S., All Writers workshop regular

Recent Virtual Workshops 

March's Mosaic Project

In March, Theresa piloted our first Google Hangouts drop-in writing workshop for Mosaic Project, centering stories of Asian Americans in Richmond.  In our current reality of physical distancing, it continues to be important for RSH to continue building community and provide a space to write and share experiences. Participants were able to reflect, write, and share, in response to one of these prompts:

  1. Write a poem using this fill-in-the-blank formula: "I used to, ______, now I _______."  

  2. Write a love letter to yourself, a family member, or friend.

  3. Themed prompts from "The Sun" magazine: my country, holidays, and highs and lows

The group found these prompts to be inspirational. One group member said she might use the first prompt (the fill-in-the-blank poetry) with her children during these homeschool days. 

Check out two of our participant stories here: 

April's All-Writers Workshop

Press play to hear a 10-minute guided writing session from RSH Director, Rachel Pater!

May's All-Writers Workshop

Join RSH Board Member Shannon O'Neill for some writing inspiration!

Check out Shannon's

prompts here

June All-Writers Writing Prompts

- Tell about a time as a child that you became aware of race (yours, another's, or just race as a concept) 

- Tell about a time as a child that you became aware of the tensions in the world (maybe through seeing the news or hearing your folks talk about a certain event?)

- Tell about a time you experienced extreme hopefulness or hopelessness in your life

Choose 1, 2, or all 3 prompts below. Set a timer for 20 minutes and write from the top of your head or the bottom of you heart. 

Click to read Sur's response, and submit your own at richmondstoryhouse@gmail.com.  First drafts welcome!

Sur Williams, RSH Board Member

Covid Stories

In March, we began gathering stories about time in quarantine during the beginning
of the coronavirus pandemic.  Read some of the many responses we received here: