BGF's Creative Writing program is a 4-week workshop for people with HIV on the path to written self-expression. The program is run by Heather Taylor Johnson, a published author.
At each session, participants meet for a 1-hour workshop where they will lead the direction of the 4-week workshop by choosing one of the art formats that interests them laid out by Oldenburg’s statement.
The facilitator will then tailor each week to fit with what the participants chose. Participants, under the guidance of Heather, will work with their chosen statement for one week to provide examples, lead discussions and present written exercises.
Heather Taylor-Johnson (pic attached) is an American-Australian writer living in Adelaide with her partner, three children and their dog. Her novels have been published in Australia and America, where they’ve been reviewed on ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club with Jennifer Byrne and in the New York Times. She is the author of four books of poetry, and she conceived and edited the anthology “Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain”, read in disability circles around the world. She’s passionate about writing about illness and has spoken about it in Reykjavik and Oxford, among other places.
“The facilitator challenged us all to rise to a level of professionalism and was always respectful and supportive. Since the beginning of the course, I have won 2nd prize in a memoir competition and been published around the world, this course has opened up a whole new world of creative opportunities for me. Richard, 54.