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The Personal is Political: Poetry Masterclass with Etzali Hernández – 14 November 2022

Join us for this Book Week Scotland masterclass in writing political poetry!

For Black writers and writers of colour in/from Scotland


The Personal is Political will explore the following questions: Is creative writing only for the writer to express their personal feelings? Are we, as creatives, responsible for constructing calls to action or awakening our communities’ consciousness? What political action can writing reclaim? Is there a thin line between chronicle, creative writing and journalism? How do we navigate that line?

We will start with a writing exercise to tune ourselves internally, then move into analysing and sharing thoughts on the above questions, and finish with another writing exercise using the answers we came up with as a starting point/context for our writing.

The workshop will last 2 hours, including comfort breaks.

Content Warnings: Mention of war, sexual violence, probably racism, misogyny, transphobia.

Pre-workshop task: Please bring a photo of someone who has had a political impact on you. It can be someone in your family, a friend, a nemesis, a hero, a hater, an admirer, etc. In short words, someone who evokes a feeling in you, whichever feeling that is.


Book here on Eventbrite


About Etzali



The Details

  • There is a max of 20 spaces.
  • Registration is free!
  • This event will be hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent to participants closer to the date).
  • The event includes a 10-15min comfort break.
  • Our events are very popular and have a waitlist. If you have registered for a ticket but then are unable to attend please do let us know so we can offer it to another person on the waitlist. Thank you!
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our safer spaces policy. You can learn more about our policy here.


Before participating in this online event, please note the following:

  • Tickets are free.
  • All events are suitable for people 18+ years.
  • Events are hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent 2 days before each event or can be accessed via the Eventbrite Online Event page).
  • To participate you will need an internet/wi-fi connection, a desktop or mobile device to join by audio and/or video and writing materials/device.
  • You may mute your mic/switch off video or take a break at any time.
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy.
  • You may mute your mic/switch off video or take a break at any time.
  • Automatic live captions and transcripts are provided via
  • We plan to offer BSL interpretation for this masterclass.
  • Please add your access requirements during registration and we’ll do our best to provide.
  • We now have data (£7) and caregiver/childcare bursaries (£30) for participants on low incomes – simply email an invoice to for the suggested amount.

Questions? Email

About Etzali

A Latinx person with long hair, glasses, and a yellow and black top, smiling at the camera.

Etzali Hernández (they/them) is a nonbinary latinx queer fierce femme poet, coder and DJ. Their work has been published in Ascend Magazine, Poetry and Settled Status for AllWe Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology and Ceremony. Curatorial projects include Queer Disabled Loss, Mourning and Memorialisation podcast and Sore Loser Queer Disabled Grief zine with Sandra Alland for Disability Arts Online, and Grief Offerings: (End of) Life Wishes, an audio and transcribed conversation with Emilia Beatriz and Sandra Alland for care, resistance, joy programme by rubhaba gallery. Etzali’s first poetry pamphlet, ‘from murky waters, we rise,’ was published by Forest Publications in 2022.

Socials @topimorita on Instagram and Twitter.

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