deCRIPtion: a storytelling and poetry workshop series (Virtual)


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deCRIPtion: a storytelling and poetry workshop series (Virtual)

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December 22, 2023 @ 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

DeCRIPtion: a storytelling and poetry workshop series is designed by and with disability community in mind. DeCRIPtion workshops are open to those with and without disabilities. Each workshop is taught once in-person and once virtually. The first date of each month is in-person. The second date listed is virtual. All workshops occur from 6:30-8:30pm Central.

deCRIPtion: a storytelling and poetry workshop series list

  • Defining Ourselves: Crafting a story through identity mapping – Thursday December 21, 2023 (in-person) and Friday December 22, 2023 (virtual)
  • Mad Mapping For Embodied Writing on Mind, Space, and Place – Thursday January 18, 2024 (in-person) and Friday January 19, 2024 (virtual)
  • Crip Manifestos for Living: A Writing Workshop in Community – Thursday February 22, 2024 (in-person) and Friday February 23, 2024 (virtual)

You can email facilitator Joy Young at with questions.

About the Workshop Facilitator

Joy Young is an impact storyteller, performance poet, scholar, educator, and curriculum development expert with years of experience focused on centering and amplifying marginal voices in the literary and performance arts. Joy’s work, which been featured on Button Poetry, Everyday Feminism, SlamFind, and on stages, in classrooms and community spaces across the country, is underscored by the belief that our personal narratives can be a driving force for making substantive change—for creating spaces of human connection, healing, and justice.

deCRIPtion: a storytelling and poetry workshop series Access Information

Virtual workshops will have auto-captioning or live captioning depending on availability and requests for captioning. Please contact Beth at with access requests.

deCRIPtion: a storytelling and poetry workshop Sponsor Information

This series of event is brought to you by the Arts and Culture Project at Access Living, the Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL), Art Collective at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Shirley Ryan Abilities Lab. As a platform for creative disability art and advocacy projects, DCAL uses a peer support and collective care model in which disability community members from Access Living and art therapy graduate students collaborate as disability culture makers for social change. Bodies of Work is a part of the Department of Disability and Human Development within the College of Applied Health Sciences at University of Illinois-Chicago.