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Workshop W3: Women Writers' Workshop
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Oakland, CA
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Workshop W3: Women Writers' Workshop
Workshop Code: W3
Workshop Title:  Women Writers'  Workshop

This workshop is for women to engage in a dialogue through creative writing.  This dialogue will highlight similarities between Muslim women and women of other faiths.  Through prompts from books written by Muslim women, you will learn how to write creatively to convey your thoughts and passions.

Instructor:  Sabina Khan-Ibarra & Saira Khan
Ticket Price:  $15 online / $20 at the door
Date:  Sunday, November 11, 2012
Time:  11:00 AM  12:30 PM (1.5 hours)
Materials provided by Zawaya:  Nametags, markers, dictionary, thesaurus, flipchart
Materials you need to bring:  Notebook, pen

About the Instructors:

Sabina Khan-Ibarra is a freelance writer and editor, and her most recent work, "Birth, Loss, and In-Between", appeared in the online magazine, "In Culture Parent".  Sabina regularly contributes to her blog, "Ibrahim's Tree", which focuses on dealing with loss  created after the loss of her infant son in 2011.  She is currently writing her novel, "Poppy Flower", based on her life growing up as a Pashtun American in the Bay Area.  Sabina is also the co-editor and author for "Hijabulous:  Seeing the Veil through the Eyes of American Muslim Women".

Saira Khan is a mother of two school-going children.  She works as an independent film producer and director.  She is currently working with Long Memory Productions.


This workshop is but one of 34 workshops that are part of a larger event called "Doorway to Islamic Civilization:  Hands-On Workshops on Islamic Art & Culture".  To see the complete list of workshops offered, please visit:  www.zawaya.org


Islamic civilization boasts an intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage that spans continents and centuries.   The gradations of shape, color, taste, texture, and sound that exist within and between Muslim peoples and cultures are as rich and diverse as their ideas and attitudes, as well as their languages, races, and ethnicities.  Out of this fertile and potent mix of elements emerged artforms and practices that can enrich and beautify our lives.

Zawaya thus launches an original event:  "Doorway to Islamic Civilization", a weekend collection of hands-on workshops on Islamic art and culture set against the current social backdrop of Islamophobia.  These workshops are meant to give those interested the opportunity to get to know Islam and Muslims by providing a safe space within which to explore and experience the Islamic sense of beauty embodied in art, crafts, music, architecture, and more.  In addition to the workshops, there will be a film showing of "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" followed by a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts.  The Mevlevi Order of America will also be present to offer a Dhikr (a devotional act) by Mevlevi musicians and dervish turners.

This event is co-sponsored by The Afghan Coalition, The Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco (ACCC), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), Aslan Media, The Center for Islamic Studies at GTU in Berkeley,  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CLUE CA), Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Islamic Network Group (ING), and Ziya Art Studio.


Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (View)
1433 Madison St.
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Arts > Literary
Education > Workshops
Other > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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