On Thursday, July 9th, we kicked off our Summer Salon Series, with Belonging: From Refugee to Hollywood with actor, singer, writer, producer, and humanitarian Sepideh Moafi.
I wish I was part of Girls Write Now when I was younger, and now I’m so happy to be part of the family, because this is just such an invaluable tool and resource. Thank you for keeping this space for creativity. – Sepideh Moafi
Sepideh’s prompts are below and she also made a playlist of writing music just for the event!
- Define Home — what does it mean to you?
- Where is home? What does it look, feel, smell, taste, sound like?
- What was your relationship to home when you were 10 years old? What’s your relationship to home now?
- How has your perception or relationship to the feeling of home changed over time? How has it changed since entering lockdown and adopting social-distancing rules?
- Describe your first memory of feeling at home.
WHERE DO I BELONG
- What does it mean to belong?
- What gives you a sense of belonging? When do you feel like you belong? And where?
- Do you think we as humans need to have a sense of belonging? Why/why not?
- Who do you feel has a strong sense of belonging? What does that look like in them?
- When was the last time you felt a sense of belonging? Describe this memory.
MIGRATION BY IMAGINATION
- Allow the themes of home and belonging to stay with you while you close your eyes and listen to the music. Let your imagination go wild.
- After 2 minutes, begin freewriting. Jot down anything that comes up, even if it doesn’t seem to make sense or seems unrelated. Keep writing the entire time, and try to maintain a connection to the music while you write.
Our Summer Salons, every Thursday this summer—free and open to the public—are a space for our community to learn from and write with some incredible authors, poets, journalists, and novelists. The Girls Write Now Summer Salon Series is an extension of our Writing Works Program.
Sepideh Moafi, actor, singer, writer, producer & humanitarian is well-known for David Simon & George Pelecanos’ critically acclaimed series The Deuce on HBO & currently stars as Gigi in The L Word: Generation Q on Showtime. She starred in The Killing of Two Lovers opposite Clayne Crawford, a 2020 Sundance Film Festival Favorite that was lauded in ‘Best of’ lists for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter & The LA Times. Hailed by the NY Times as “forthright & funny, the cast standout” Sepideh’s stage work spans from original off-Broadway musicals, to the great roles in plays and operas in leading theaters around the world. She’s had the honor to sing with the NY Philharmonic, at Davis Symphony Hall & The John F. Kennedy Center. Born in a refugee camp in Germany, Sepideh has a passion & commitment to advocate for refugees & immigrants who are in vulnerable situations worldwide. As an ambassador for both The International Rescue Committee (IRC) & the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, she dedicated the last year to creating unique celebrations & opportunities to benefit both organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music & and a MFA in Acting from U.C. Irvine.