A writing program focused on

love and liberation

Four weeks of
writing
reflection
connection
and sisterhood.

 

Sister and Sisterhood are political terms for me.

In the vein of feminist teachers like bell hooks, Chela Sandoval, Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde it creates languages and images that create political, and social coalitions. A space being held for our unlearning of the lessons that cis, and trans women and GNC folks are separate or enemies. That we can’t trust and be in solidarity together- that we can’t build or thrive without the male gaze – that we can’t live without male supremacist values.

Lisa Luxx says “Sisterhood is not friendship.” 

Sisterhood doesn’t mean we need to be friends with all cis,  trans women and non-men. It means we will be in solidarity with them.

SEXISM, RACISM, AND CLASSISM DIVIDE US FROM ONE ANOTHER…

We can choose to live and work for freedom for liberation in ways that create new and revolutionary ways of being in community.

Sister Summer is a summer of writing, reflection, solidarity and sister/Femmehood.

Femmehood is an all inclusive term for any non cis men coined by the brilliant McKenzie Mack.

Our survival is a love poem to ourselves

“I believe it’s the writer’s job to tell society
what it pretends it doesn’t know.” 

— Mona Eltahawy

The Specifics:

This 4 week writing intensive centers the experiences, voices, and narratives of cis and trans women and non cis men.

All who identify with the message and are looking to center and honor these experiences are welcome to join.

We don’t write for fame we write for freedom we write for survival, solidarity and sisterhood. We know inequality is not by accident but by design.

We write to build to transform systems and doing so transform ourselves we write and reflect to be reborn.

These prompts will push you to question supremacy in your life and the world around you.

They will challenge you while nurturing all that is soft and beautiful waiting to be birthed.

Join us as we write to liberate ourselves.

Sister Summer is a four week, self paced writing intensive for the non cis man who was taught to edit their thoughts and emotions.

For the sister who was never enough.

For the sister who was punished for being too much.

This program is open and welcoming to all folks that want to explore the issues of race, class, gender, justice and liberation.

Sister Summer isn’t about how you write. It’s about what you write and how you use your distinctly powerful voice to separate bone from marrow as you embolden other women and communities to use their power. Through self-reflection and extensive analysis, we will learn about how we:

    • Speak truth publicly.
    • Unleash the full force of our voice to ignite the match needed to light-up our communities.
    • Work within peer groups of support to hone our clarity around action and crystallize our courage.
    • Our silence is killing us, not our truths.
    • You’ll be encouraged and supported to connect IRL with friends and community members to share and process your writing and reflections.
    • We’ll use #sistersummer to connect with participants  across the web to build virtual community and connectivity with others looking to dig deeper and hold each other accountable.

     

    Dates & Times

    For $79.00, you’ll get: 

    • 3 emails a week (M,W,F) for 4 weeks of Dear Sister prompts
    • One workbook with twelve Dear Sister posts and prompts for writing and reflection.
    • One curated reading list on intersectional feminism

    Dates: June 2nd – June 30th

    Enrollment Closes:  May 28th.

     

     

     

     

    WHY THIS?

    I started writing Dear Sister posts in 2016… 

    because I didn’t want my sisters to give up on being free – no matter their circumstances , their experiences, their barriers – I wanted folks  to know that I was right there with them, holding their hand and believing in their power to break their chains. Since that moment in 2016, I have written a letter to my family – to you-  every day of my life. As non-men our bond is unbreakable, but a forged bond is not something you get from nothing. It takes will, humility, failure, and iteration.

    It means using your voice.  

    Details

    This 4-week self-paced writing intensive centers the experiences, voices, and narratives of cis and trans women and non-cis men

    All who identify with the message and are looking to center and honor these experiences are welcome to join

    Over the course of four weeks we will work individually and collectively to reflect on Dear Sister posts and prompts. 

     

    registration:

    for $79 you get:

    • 3 emails a week (M,W,F) for 4 weeks of Dear Sister prompts (June 2nd- June 30th)
    • One digital workbook with twelve Dear Sister posts and prompts for writing and reflection.
    • One curated reading list on intersectional feminism

    If you participated last year we’ll be covering new territory this summer and would love to see you again!

    Will this be your Sister Summer?

    Enrollment Closes May 28th

    sister summer

    In conversation with Janessa Mondestin.

    FREEDOM SCHOOL by The Adaway Group

    Like all of Desiree’s offerings, Sister Summer is a gift to our movements for liberation, freedom, and social justice. Receiving inspired and compelling writing prompts every morning from Desiree becomes a ritual with Sister Summer. She encourages us to do the deep personal work of connecting our freedom to the freedom of all, which takes self love to the level of the collective. A close friend and I did Sister Summer together, and it’s one of my favorite friend memories.

     Desiree’s writing prompts hold you while not coddling you, a combination that I find critical for unlearning the habits of supremacy thinking that our society engrains in so many of us, especially white women. I will be taking the Sister Summer challenge again, because it’s that good!

    Erin Fairchild, handwrittenrevolution.com

     

     

     

    FREEDOM SCHOOL by The Adaway Group

    I joined Sister Summer because I was already getting a ton of value from Desiree’s social media content and I knew it would be worth it. Little did we know what would happen between the time I signed up and the first day of prompts, but we now know that the summer of 2020 was a heavy time. Having Desiree’s prompts to help me go within and give my own experience some attention and acknowledgement was a huge piece of navigating that moment in time while also giving me the questions and space to focus on my own accountability in our collective liberation. Desiree has this magical way of asking questions that cut to the core but also feel like the most loving of challenges. I’m stilllll chewing on some of her prompts which tend to just pop into my head as they are relevant to the moment.

    Brandy Morris, artist