deCRIPtion storytelling and poetry workshop series (in-person)


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deCRIPtion storytelling and poetry workshop series (in-person)

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December 21, 2023 @ 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

1007 W. Harrison Street, Room 231
Chicago, Illinois 60607 United States
(312) 355-7050
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The deCRIPtion 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 and the second date listed is virtual. All workshops occur from 6:30-8:30pm Central.

DeCRIPtion workshop 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 Access Information

The deCRIPtion storytelling and poetry workshop series are scent-free events, please refrain from wearing any scented products. Contact Beth at with access requests. Please allow 2-3 weeks advance notice for ASL interpretation requests. Masks are required for all people, unless it is in conflict with one’s access needs. In addition, food will be provided for in-person workshops, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. The workshop will be held in an accessible building. More directions on access will be emailed ahead of workshops.

DeCRIPtion 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.