Author: Brooke

ESSEX & ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOP IN AUGUST!

Writing The Deeply Personal A Creative Writing Workshop We all have great stories to tell, but sometimes the other people in those stories would rather we didn’t. Or maybe we don’t want to reveal some crucial aspects of ourselves in our own story. This stuff is complicated. In Writing the Deeply Personal Workshop we will learn to work through those complications and write our stories. *** Deeply Personal doesn’t not necessarily mean “gut-wrenching, trauma-fueled.” In my case, I have four teenagers who do not like to be included in my writing (not even like this!). As I frequently write...

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Yaye! It’s Just Another Inflammation!

A relentless sluggishness for nearly a year finally made me acknowledge that it’s not just my uniquely female bits that I need to be concerned about. Something was off. Thankfully a friend even commented on my lack of energy which is what really got me to take notice.

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East London Writing Workshop in August!

Join a community of Muslim women writers at varying stages (wannabe to professional) in a unique, fun opportunity to explore and hone our writing skills while creating new stories and/or sharpening work in progress. This event is calibrated to work for writing short stories, memoirs, novels, essays, fiction and non-fiction. Saturday August 12, 2017 in East London/Essex 9:00 – 4:00 with a one hour lunch break Facilitated by professional writer and editor Brooke Benoit, Content Director of SISTERS Magazine and Founder of Fitra Journal Space is extremely limited, so please reserve your seat ASAP.   £95 includes pre-workshop materials,...

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Do You Ramadan With A Planner?

Thinking back to my first dozen or so Ramadans without a Ramadan planner, they appear so lack luster now. Some of them were great, some were extra challenging, but overall they were focused on the wrong things (food!) and there was little planning that went into how to achieve the goals I felt desperate to reach. As a convert, I only experienced one Ramadan before my first pregnancy. That was a fun one. All but that first Ramadan have been centered on caring for other people while fasting, and not prioritizing my ibadah to the extent I guiltily felt...

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About that “Two Weeks Free” Thing…

  I’m polishing up the Two Weeks Free portion of the upcoming Writing From The Fitra Workshop and thought I should take a moment to explain my process here. Firstly, I know that even though it’s stuff they love and need, it is very, very difficult for many of my workshop takers to bring themselves to do something like a writing workshop. These writers and writing-types are busy, busy women. And they feel guilty doing something so luxurious as navel gazing taking an introspective, personal growth writing workshop. I get that. I live that! So what I’ve done is...

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