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One Earth Writing at Wayne State University

Everyone makes mistakes. A strong person makes peace with their mishaps and realizes how even our mistakes help build our character. One Earth Writing instructors spent an hour and a half with over 70 students from the Wayne State University’s C2 Pipeline program to engage them in meaningful ways to expand their sense of identity […]

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Classroom Authors – A collection of writing from students at Hamtramck High School

One Earth Writing grew out of the desire to connect youth in that crucial time when they are carving out their identities, so that meeting peers from different races, religions, and socioeconomic origins becomes part of that identity imprint. Meeting someone across the table, pens in hand, notebooks open, brought together by a shared love […]

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Thank You!

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward, American Writer (1921-1994)   On behalf of all of us at One Earth Writing, we are genuinely thankful and elated by the amount of support we received during our first fundraising event, making this event the […]

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Hamtramck High School – Final Session

In writing, the more specific you get, the more readers can relate to what you’ve written. That’s called universal truth, and it requires details and specific description to reach a wide swath of readers. Today, One Earth Writing completed the final session of a 3-part series in collaboration with ninth graders at Hamtramck High School. […]

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One Earth Ambassadors Retreat

With all of the distractions everyday for our Ambassadors – parents, siblings, chores, video games, and more – creativity can easily vanquish. Writing retreats offer youth the ability to immerse themselves in writing free of distractions and obligations of everyday life in a community of like-minded individuals. Our One Earth Ambassadors started their retreat by hitting […]

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Religious Diversity Journeys Program: Final Session

For centuries, intellectuals, enlightenment figures, fighters for the law have fought to promote the idea that we have similarities beyond our differences. The pinnacle of this idea is the Declaration of Human Rights, which says that whatever the culture or religious attitude, we have the same fundamental rights because we are human beings.  Is all […]

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Random Acts of Kindness & Earth Day at Warren Mott High School

How can our words change the course of our fate? Why is it so important to speak positively? Or to speak at all? Do you look into the eyes of stranger and offer a kind smile? There is the idea that love is not preferential attachment but rather, universal identification, that to truly love another […]

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Why Me: Refugee Youth Writing – Samaritas New Americans Services

On January 21, working in pairs, the One Earth Ambassadors got to know a local refugee teen through Samaritas New American Services by asking questions and writing their answers. The goal of the program was to write their partner’s journey story descriptively and definitively,  so they have a record of how they came to America. Here […]

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Hamtramck High School: Putting words to music

What will be your legacy? One Earth Writing worked with 9th and 10th graders at Hamtramck High School this year, expanding students’ sense of identity individually and collectively through insightful writing workshops that explored the foundations of identity in the context of others in community around us. On March 28th, students wrote their own anthem/song. Songwriting is an […]

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One Earth Ambassadors: Session 6

Writing about Identity & Sense of Place “Who am I?” is a question all of us ask at some point in our lives. It is an especially critical question for adolescents. As we search for answers, we begin to define ourselves. These are questions we seek to answer in writing in One Earth Writing workshops. Sometimes […]

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Origin Story: Detroit

I grew up in Detroit, a beautiful place to be. A home where we all gathered to eat, sleep, and dream. Loud it was, kids in the streets Playing night and day; only pause for a brief. Spirits, we were told, will come to haunt So hurry, it’s after dark Clutching to our blankets, slowly […]

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Religious Diversity Journeys Program: Learning about Hindusim

Over 600 students participated in the Religious Diversity Journey’s program. The program aimed to promote a greater understanding, awareness and knowledge concerning the many religious throughout the metro-Detroit area. From November to April, students participated in six school-day field trips that focused on the differences and similarities among the many celebrated religions. The programs connected students […]

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Origin Stories: Huda School & Southwest Detroit Community School

Two people who may have thought they were different Find out they are the same They both enjoy their parks and places to play Yes, they have differences. They come from different places Different religions And have different faces Mariah’s parents were born in Iraq While Braijene’s were born here We both enjoy our family […]

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To Whom it may Concern: a collaboration between Huda School and Southwest Detroit Community

One Earth Writing brought together the mostly Arab-American Muslim students from Huda School in Franklin with the mostly Latino and African-American students from Southwest Detroit Community School for a collaborative writing workshop on March 22nd. The students worked  to build a better understanding of self, identity, dispel stereotypes, and learn from one another to reach […]

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I Am A Unicorn

I am a unicorn I am free I am real I am me I am a unicorn Some may doubt My being here But I am real And I am near To be a unicorn you must be pure No doubt or fear in your heart You must be sure To be a unicorn You […]

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To The People

To The People By Michelle Shrimer My people traveled deserts. Your People traveled seas. Our people let them wander, And called them refugees. My and your and our claims, From funny foods to silly names From country borders to stale lines We separate what’s yours and mine But never talk about what’s ours To exercise […]

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One Earth Ambassadors: Session 5

The Notion of Revision Writing is a process of discovery, and you don’t always produce your best stuff when you first get started. So revision is a chance for you to look critically at what you have written to see: if it’s really worth saying, if it says what you wanted to say, and if […]

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Dates By Shaza Chaudry

Good writers bring us with them into the experience, and one way they do that is by using senses vividly in their writing. As part of our collaboration with the Muslim Unity Center and BBYO, introducing The Flavors of our Faiths writing workshop, students explored the role of food in shaping identity.  Dates By Shaza […]

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The Flavors of Our Faiths: Uniting Muslim and Jewish Teens

One Earth Writing collaborated with the Muslim Unity Center and BBYO for a  two part ground-breaking writing workshop, designed to build bridges of understanding – and friendship – between Muslim and Jewish teens by exploring similarities between the two faiths through food. Food is needed in order to sustain us physically. We eat to survive. We […]

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Religious Diversity Journeys Program: Learning about Sikhism

In 2014,  I visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, Sri Harmandir Sahib (The abode of God), the holiest place for Sikhs. It is an exquisite plaza of marble walkways and a beautiful temple made of gold where Sikhs pay homage to the Guru, gather in the Langar Hall to either help make a meal […]

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Religious Diversity Journeys Program: Learning about Islam

When I say I am a Muslim. Over 600 students participated in the Religious Diversity Journey’s program. The program aimed to promote a greater understanding, awareness and knowledge concerning the many religious throughout the metro-Detroit area. From November to April, students participated in six school-day field trips that focused on the differences and similarities among the […]

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One Earth Ambassadors: Session 4

Writing Anthems Humans have written songs as a form of creativity, personal expression and battle cry through history. Putting words to music is one powerful way we can impact people on many levels, through their sensory perception. An anthem rouses the spirit and uplifts the soul. Many songs stir emotions – but an anthem goes […]

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The Start of a New Adventure: Refugee Youth Writing – Samaritas New Americans Services

Working in pairs, the One Earth Ambassadors got to know a local refugee teen through Samaritas New American Services by asking questions and writing their answers. The goal of the program was to write their partner’s journey story descriptively and definitively,  so they have a record of how they came to America. Here is some of […]

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One Earth Ambassadors: Session 3

Writing about the Flavors of our IdentityAmbassadors gathered around the discussion table staring at the assorted foods presented before them. This week’s session focused on the beauty of “food writing” and how it straddles so many other genres, giving the author a huge area to explore.  A good writer can make just about any subject […]

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Writing to Welcome Refugees

Every religion on the planet makes scriptural reference to the stranger – the imperative of welcoming the stranger, of hospitality, of treating a person from a foreign land as if they are part of your own tribe. Today, the world is experiencing the highest levels of displacement ever recorded – 65.3 million people forced from […]

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One Earth Writing Ambassadors: Session 2

The Ambassadors joined together to write a character sketch of someone they knew well. The question was, how can you adequately describe a person so others see what you see? The Ambassadors created emotional characters, starting with themselves because the characters in your stories are all part of you. There are riches within that many […]

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Introducing Religious Diversity Journeys

The Religious Diversity Journeys program intends to promote a greater understanding, awareness and knowledge concerning the many religions throughout the metro-Detroit area. 600 students participate in six school-day field trips that focus on the differences and similarities among the many celebrated religions. The programs connect students to Judaism followed by Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. […]

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One Earth Writing Ambassadors: Session 1

We are quick to judge other people before we truly know ourselves. Do you know who you are? Most people send their entire lives trying to answer that question. At the first Ambassadors session, students took steps toward better understanding themselves as a way to build harmony with others. The Ambassadors wrote their story as […]

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Saginaw Workshop August 2016

One Earth Writing sets up a summer workshop at the Samaritas Community Center in Saginaw, Michigan. One Earth Writing brings together youth from different backgrounds for writing workshops where they explore identity, belief and community. As a writer and a teacher of writing, I have seen how workshops can be a portal into understanding. When […]

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