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SHARING YOUR JOURNEY: A STORYTELLING WORKSHOP FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS & REFUGEES

  • Write CY Panayias 37 Nicosia 1040 (map)
Sharing Your Journey

Telling stories about migration is perhaps one of the only ways to convey the reality of leaving one’s home, moving to another country, and adapting to new cultures, not to mention the endurance and perseverance it requires in order to remain hopeful.

Sharing Your Journey is a three-hour workshop dedicated to asylum seekers and refugees who aspire to share aspects of their journey through writing. The workshop offers participants an intimate and confidential environment where they will learn how to identify the stories they want to tell and convert them into written short stories.

Our session will begin with brainstorming techniques and verbally sharing ideas. Then we’ll move on to writing our stories, covering the basic steps of story writing, like where to start and how to structure a story. The aim of the workshop is for each participant to leave the meeting with a written story that can be shared and expanded on.

DAY/TIME: SUNDAY 21 APRIL 14:00-17:00

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

INSTRUCTOR: MELISSA HEKKERS

COST: FREE

This storytelling workshop, and others like it, is organized by the community for the community, but attendance is limited. Be thoughtful. If you register, but for any reason can’t join us, please notify the instructor 3 days before the event so someone else can take your place.


Melissa Hekkers is an established journalist and author. Melissa focuses on silenced communities; she writes about refugees, both as a reporter and a features writer and teaches creative writing.Her most work (2015-2018), the series My Cyprus Mandala explores the natural and cultural heritage of Cyprus. In 2007, she published Crocodile, which won the Cyprus State Illustration Award. In 2012, she was nominated for the Cyprus State Literary Award for her second children’s book Flying across Red Skies, an experimental approach to literature. In 2014, she published Pupa. In between her last two books, she published her first free-verse poetry book Come-forth. Find Melissa at melissahekkers.com.