ped·a·go·gy /ˈpedəˌɡäjē/ n. the method and practice of teaching, otherwise "the art of teaching"; n. the theory and practice of learning, and how this process influences/is influenced by the social, political, and psychological development of learners.
 

My Approach

I BASE MY PEDAGOGY IN: the popular education model of Myles Horton and the Highlander Folk School, bell hooks's "Toward a Revolutionary Feminist Pedagogy", and the powerful, transcultural tradition of  storytelling. 

THIS IS TO SAY: When I teach, everybody else in the space are just as much "teacher" as I am. Thus, I welcome and expect participation. Because peer-to-peer connection is vital for this kind of space, I require a group agreement of basic respect, curiosity, and empathy.

Personal experience, intuition, ancestral knowings, and in-the-moment dialectics are just as rigorous and informative as any "formal", academia-based materials. 

Everything we need to know is already in the room with us. If it is not yet visible, we can surface it through conversation and trust.

IN OTHER WORDS: My creative writing classes are writer-centered and peer-led. While I do give short craft talks to frame our time together, the meat of the class is discussions and workshops. I also evoke the voices of other word-wielders by offering in-class readings, films, and performances.

During my political education workshops, I am merely a container and facilitator: I help to hold the massive knowledge that is already in the room, and then I help the group navigate where they want to go with it. 

WITH THIS PEDAGOGY: I create original curricula and agendas for all of my classes/workshops. My goal is to always meet the emergent needs and desires of the group; I therefore personalize each class/workshop, and build in space for adaptability. 

Creative Writing Classes
hosted through GrubStreet

UPCOMING: FOR TEENS

Stay tuned for Winter 2023 classes!
 

UPCOMING: FOR ADULTS

Home is a Verb: Writing Immigrant Stories 
3-hour workshop: December 16, 2022 (remote via Zoom)

Moments in Love or Otherwise: Capturing Relationships *back due to popular demand!*
3-hour workshop: January 28, 2022 (remote via Zoom)
 

PAST CLASSES

The Art of Multiperspectivity
3-hour workshop: November 19, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS
3-hour workshop: October 22, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - ADULTS
3-hour workshop: July 22, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - ADULTS (sold out!)

Boston Writers of Color Writing Session on Home, Belonging, and Roots 
1.5-hour workshop; November 16, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - ADULTS

Moments in Love or Otherwise: Capturing Relationships
3-hour workshop: October 8, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - ADULTS (sold out!)
3-hour workshop: April 1, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - ADULTS (sold out!)

Wit & Whimsy: Writing Funny 
3-hour workshop: September 17, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS

It's Complicated: Entry Points for Loaded Relationships 
3-hour workshop: August 12, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - ADULTS (sold out!)

Disrupt the Present: Activist Writing
Weeklong: July 11-15, 2022 (remote via Zoom). - TEENS
Weeklong: August 3-7, 2020 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS

Writing As Activism
Multi-week: 6 Fridays, July 8 - August 12, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - ADULTS

Letters from the Beyond: Sci-Fi/Fantasy in Epistolary Form
3-hour workshop: May 14, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS

Child's Play: How to Write Characters Under 18
3-hour workshop: May 7, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - ADULTS

Creative Writing in a Chaotic World 
Weeklong: February 22-25, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS

Poetry As Activism
3-hour workshop: March 12, 2022 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS
3-hour workshop: November 21, 2020 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS

Write Yourself Outta That Rut: Poets' Edition
3-hour workshop: October 16, 2021 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS
3-hour workshop: April 10, 2021 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS

Animals, Land, & Plants, Oh My: Nature As Metaphor
3-hour workshop: September 18, 2021 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS
3-hour workshop: September 11, 2021 (remote via Zoom) - ADULTS (sold out!)

Love in Mundane Forms
Weeklong: July 19-23, 2021 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS

July Week of Creative Writing
Weeklong: July 6-9, 2021 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS

Defying Genre: Exploring Experimental Writing
3-hour workshop: May 15, 2021 (remote via Zoom) - TEENS

Brown Bag Lunch Writing Session
1-hour workshop: April 7, 2021 (remote via Zoom) - ADULTS


 

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Political Education Workshops / Talks / Trainings

UPCOMING EVENTS

None currently scheduled. 
If you are interested in having me give a talk or facilitate a workshop, please contact me!
 

SELECTED PAST EVENTS

Speak at Lesley University on reflections as an organizer (clip from speech below)
February 21, 2021

Co-facilitate "Philippine Society and Revolution" workshops
2018-2020

Facilitate regularly-scheduled "Know Your Rights" trainings for workers, 
including "What Domestic Workers Need to Know During a Public Health Crisis"
2018-2020

Facilitate regularly-scheduled organizing trainings
2018-2020

Speak at Philippine United People's State of the Nation Address (SONA), NYC Philippine Consulate
August 4, 2019

Facilitate "Call Her Ganda" film screening + panel at Tufts University
November 25, 2018
 

A clip from my talk at Lesley University (February 2021) on organizing strategies and my own reflections on doing this work.

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