Who are we? Writing workshops as a tool for young people’s identity
In the final discussion of our Arctic Roots series, we meet Pivinnguaq Mørch from Greenland who runs writing workshops for young people and young adults.
“From idea to ink to portray modern young people in Greenland,” reads the introductory text to one of the workshops, where Pivinnguaq – author and spoken word poet – tries to guide young people in finding their voice in a tradition of storytelling. We’ll also meet young Greenlander, Aimée Ivalo Hornum Hansen, who has taken part in the writing course. We’ll hear her thoughts on identity and writing.
The moderator of the discussion is Maria Bodin from Sweden, an educator in the Poesifabriken project, which is an initiative by the Swedish magazine 20-tal, part-funded by the Swedish Arts Council. With their touring writing workshops, they want to raise the self-esteem of children and young people and help them to develop their linguistic and empathic ability, while practicing finding their own expression.
Why is storytelling and writing so important for children and young people’s identity?