Monday, January 18, 2010

Come to the AQSAzine Writers Salon Feb 3!

Submission Deadline for AQSAzine Issue #3 My Islam is fast approaching

Want to submit to AQSAzine but nervous about your work? Come to our Writers Salon! Share your work and get peer support

Feb 3rd, at the Centre for Women and Trans People University of Toronto 563 Spadina Avenue, Room 100 6 -8 pm

AQSAzine Writers' Salon will be a opportunity for Muslim women and trans people to spend a evening together focusing on our writing and art. It will be a supportive environment in which we can provide one another with peer feedback and support to create stronger pieces for submission to AQSAzine Issue #3. Information on submission guidelines here

Please bring any form of writing, poetry or article you are interested in having in the zine. Even if you don't want to submit but want to share you work you are welecomed to attend.

Free event! TTC and food provided

The writers salon is open to Muslim women or trans people (16 -35). Whether you are practicing or non-practicing, culturally, politically, spiritually or religiously identify as a Muslim person, are Sunni, Shi’a, Ismaili, Ahmadiyya, Sufi, or another denomination. AQSAzine strives to work from an anti oppressive framework.

The AQSAzine Creative Workshop Series is sponsored by ArtReach Toronto Workshops will be happening throughout2010. Look out for: spoken word, radio documentary, screenprinting, journalism & poetry workshops by and for US!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Create the Hype! AQSAzine FREE Journalism Workshop Feb 6th in Toronto

Feb 6th 11 - 4 pm. Email us aqsazine @  for location details!

The FREE Create the Hype Workshop in Toronto will provide Muslim women and trans people the opportunity share and build skills in creating our own media. It will include a discussion on the public media we consume, problems of representation and voice, and how we can create our own media.

Produce your own news story or other form of audio from start to finish: starting with developing a story idea and how to conduct an interview through to recording, editing and uploading it to a blog.

No technical or journalism experience required. Feel free to bring music, audio clips, newspaper articles or other source information for the workshop.

TTC, light lunch and materials provided!

Workshop open to Muslim women and trans people under 30. Space is limited please R.S.V.P by January 25th at

Get Skills In
  •  introductory media analysis
  • story development (including finding stories, identifying people or groups to speak with, determining your audience, etc)
  • preparing for and conducting an interview (including designing questions)
  • how to use a digital recorder
  • transferring data to computers
  •  basic digital editing and some multi-track editing
  • how to upload content to a blog
Facilatator Bio: Sayyida Khatija has been involved in campus and community radio for over 5 years in Kingston, Ontario as a volunteer programmer and worker. She participated in social justice news collective, Groundswell, for 3 years, co-developed the current news collective, Alternative Frequency, and has also produced various programs focusing on race and racism. Sayyida is active in No One is Illegal, the AKA Autonomous Social Centre, and Islamic History Month in Kingston.

AQSAzine is a grassroots arts collective of 16-35 year old women and trans people who self-identify as Muslim. Our workshop series will be happening throughout 2010. Look out for: spoken word, radio documentary, screen printing, journalism, poetry workshops. The AQSAzine Workshop Series is sponsored by ArtReach Toronto

Cannot attend the workshops but want to participate? Submit to AQSAzine Issue #3

Peace, love and hugs
AQSAzine Team

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AQSAZINE is a grassroots zine open to 16-35 year old people who self-identify as Muslim. It is a creative avenue for us to express ourselves, share our experiences, and connect with others. In Arabic, "aqsa" implies the furthermost, as in reaching out to the furthest possible point. AQSAZINE aims to motivate the utmost resistance to violence in all its forms. 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez, who was murdered on December 10th, 2007, also inspires this zine. It is to honour her and other Muslims who experience and resist violence. We strive to work from a feminist, anti-oppressive framework.