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Sheila-Na-Gig online is proud to present a 3-week LGBTQ+ themed Writing Workshop with Ohio poet Barbara Marie Minney.

Sheila-Na-Gig online Presents an LGBTQ+ Writing Workshop with Barbara Marie Minney


This workshop is designed for LGBTQ+ writers of all levels. The goal of this workshop is to explore common themes that help us develop our community by using free writing (or stream of consciousness writing as it is sometimes called) based on guided prompts provided during each session. This will be a safe and affirming space and will be a no critique/no criticism workshop. Participants will be invited to share their work with the group. The purpose of the workshop is to give participants additional tools to stash in their writer’s toolbox and to encourage and support participants no matter where they are on their writing journey. It is the goal of the workshop to help LGBTQ+ individuals to develop their writing skills and encourage them to pick up their pens to write about their unique experiences.

A SAFE SPACE TO WRITE AND SHARE IDEAS: This will be a safe space for writing and sharing ideas. Writing is about taking risks, going outside our comfort zone, escaping boundaries, and letting out the words that need releasing. This space will be free of fear, bullying and harassment of any kind. We will treat one another with kindness and respect at all times. We will work together and separately to honor our differences and celebrate the gifts that each of us brings to the table.

The workshop will take place on Zoom and is limited to 10 participants.

WORKSHOP DATES: April 18 and 25 and May 2 at 7:00 PM (EST)

COST: $25.00 (this covers entrance into all three workshop dates)

SIGN-UP: To sign up for this workshop, pay the $25 enrollment fee by April 4, 2023. You will receive a ZOOM link from the event coordinator approximately 24 hours after your payment is received.

ABOUT BARBARA MARIE MINNEY: Barbara Marie Minney is a transgender woman, poet, writer, speaker, and quiet activist. She is a retired attorney and a seventh generation Appalachian via West Virginia and Eastern Ohio. She writes personal and emotional poetry that describes her feelings, thoughts, and passions while struggling to live her truth as a transgender woman. She began her transition to living authentically as the woman that she now knows she was meant to be at the age of 63 after repressing her true gender identity for over 60 years.

Barbara’s poetry and essays have been published in the 50th Anniversary Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology; Women Speak: Volumes 5, 6, 7, and 8; The Gasconade Review Presents: Ladies’ Night; Woman Scream: The International Poetry Anthology of Female Voices; Voices of Real 4 and 5; For A Better World 2020 and 2022: Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice; Wicked Gay Ways: Summer 2020, Winter 2020, and Fall/Winter 2021 Issue; Pluviophile: Digital Mental Health Anthology; Breaking the Silence: An Anthology of Queer Self, Life, and Love in NE Ohio; Inside Out: An Affirming Epiphany; In Our Shoes: An LGBTQ+ Anthology; Cooch Behar Magazine World Poetry Anthology; Gargoyle Magazine #74; I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing, Ohio’s Appalachian Voices; Christian Poetry Compilation Book; A Poem Demic; Love Poems Anthology; Birds of the Cuyahoga: 2022 Edith Chase Poetry Reading; The Pine Cone Review: Glissade, Special Issue on Dance; LGBTQIA Anthology-Of Rust and Glass Pride; Politico; and The Buckeye Flame.

QUESTIONS?: Email Hayley Haugen, event coordinator:


I am committed to expanding my literary citizenship and poetic ministry. If you are a LGBTQ+ writer of any level, consider joining me on this literary journey of community.

Barbara Marie Minney is a transgender woman, award-winning poet, writer, speaker, and quiet activist. She is a retired attorney and a seventh generation Appalachian. Now based in Tallmadge, Ohio, her first collection of poetry entitled “If There’s No Heaven” was the winner of the 2020 Poetry Is Life Book Award and the Akron Beacon Journal Best Northeast Ohio Books 2020. It is available through this website at Barbara is also the author of the "Poetic Memoir Chapbook Challenge." Follow her at

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