Suzi Q. Smith is a performer, writer, educator, activist, and community leader/servant. She began her professional career working in community engagement for a civil rights organization, spent a decade as an account executive in the corporate world, and another decade touring the U.S. as a performing artist while leading arts & arts policy organizations. She is a certified Change Leader with Colorado Creative Industries, a NOVA EDI Ambassador for the City of Denver, a TEDx Speaker, and a creative writing teacher with experience designing and facilitating courses from kindergarten to University, with government agencies, in corrections facilities and residential treatment centers, and more.
Suzi Q. Smith is available for creative writing workshops on a single, drop-in basis, as well as for ongoing series. These workshops facilitate the understanding and articulation of thoughts, ideas, identity, experience and emotion through the use of creative writing. Her lesson plans can be tailored to meet your specific needs for a single event or theme, creating a welcoming space for participants to explore.
In multi-week workshops, participants will explore their writing more in-depth. Participants engage in a wide range of texts and other media to evaluate approaches to create mental imagery, suggest mood, set tone and will use new approaches to use content-specific language, style, tone, and text structure to compose or adapt writing for different audiences and purposes. Through comprehensive discussion, writing, and workshopping, participants learn to use new tools to create, seek feedback, self-assess, and reflect on personal learning. Participants will evaluate explicit and implicit viewpoints, values, attitudes, and assumptions concealed in speech, writing, and illustration. In a group course, participants will also be guided to collaborate effectively as group members or leaders who listen actively and respectfully pose thoughtful questions, acknowledge the ideas of others, and contribute ideas to support the collective.
This course will define unconscious/implicit bias and its effects, establish common definitions of related concepts and ideologies, exploring personal identity, relationships, and cultural messages that shape our perceptions. Participants will use creative tools and review strategies to identify, address and counter biases.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Participants will explore definitions and ideologies including equity, diversity, inclusion, privilege, and marginalization that will increase their understanding of their own relationships to power and opportunities to influence. Participants will also learn practical techniques through discussion groups and activities that will enable them be more effective in supporting those with marginalized identities.
Connection & Communication
This course will demonstrate models of arts and creative communication techniques to build authentic connections in the workplace. Participants will use listening techniques, interactive exercises, and creative writing tools to develop new approaches to communication.
This course will help participants develop practical techniques to become more effective public speakers. Offered in group sessions or one-on-one coaching sessions, participants will learn to enhance their presentations and/or performances and build comfort and confidence delivering organized and effective oral presentations for diverse audiences and purposes.
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