Zora Mai Quỳnh, writer, dancer and performance artist

Member at Bereket since Fall 2021

[Through Bereket] I have gained something invaluable—a consistent intimate circle of writers that I love who are committed to walking this path of healing through words with me, even when things are incredibly difficult. I LOVE LOVE my writing group. Each member of our four-member group brings the perfect and unique life experience that I need to help me evolve as a writer. We’ve bonded over the past few years, each of us experiencing serious life travails, and we each hold space for one another and encourage each other through it—and always, at the foundation of it all is our commitment to each other to make sure we all keep writing. 

Leah Nicole Whitcomb, community storyteller

Bereket workshop alum (Fall 2021 - Spring 2023)

I was not a fiction writer before joining my Bereket workshop, but through the support of the women in my cohort, I can confidently say that I am now. We learned how to better our own writing from engaging with each other's work. They encouraged my fiction writing, were honest and thorough in their feedback, and supportive of my constant experimentation as I worked to find my style. The consistency and accountability of the workshop helped me complete my third novel, a collection of short stories. I am forever grateful for the eighteen months I spent with these ladies and the writing skills that I learned that I will continue to use throughout my writing career.