Fragmented and Whole, Kinky Curly Theological Collective

2020 Writing Cohort: Fragmented and Whole

ORGANICS FestThe Kinky Curly Theological Collective is excited to announce its 2020 writing cohort: Fragmented and Whole ©. The purpose of this fellowship is to bring Black and African women together to create a vibrant writing community that can support each participant in the further development of their voice. Prospective cohort members do not have to be writers or identify as writers in order to participate.

The Kinky Curly Theological Collective believes that every Black and African woman already has the experience, expertise, and education to lead and offer their gifts to the world. We apply this philosophy to our writing practice, so that we do not teach a writing technique as much as we create the space that enables Black and African women to tell their stories in ways that make sense to them. 

We will be accepting 6 – 8 Black women into this first cohort. Applications are due on March 1 and can be found here:

Questions? Email Join us for brunch at our first meet up of the year on Sunday, February 16 from 1 – 3 p.m. Come and eat good food, share community with other Black women, and get your questions answered about the writing cohort. Text 6517178060 for details and location for the 16th!

Cohort Logistics:
Meeting dates: 

  • Kick off Dinner on Friday, April 3
  • Meeting dates: 
    • April 4: 10.00 am – 2.30 pm
    • April 25: 10.00 am – 2.30 pm
    • May 16: 10.00 am – 2.30 pm
    • June 13: 10.00 am – 2.30 pm
  • Closing ceremony – to be decided by the cohort

Location: St. Paul, MN (Details to be announced). Lunch will be provided. Fellows are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks to otherwise share throughout the duration of our time together. 

Each cohort member will receive a journal and a small stipend to support their writing process. There will also be readings that accompany the sessions including My Soul is a Witness (every cohort member will receive a copy of this as well). Other readings will be allocated throughout the duration of our time together. 

2020 Writing Theme: Fragmented and Whole ©

…There is strength in vulnerability and weakness. The world would have us believe that in order to be accepted, we have to be polished and all cleaned up but the reality is that so few of us are. So many of us, on any given day, are struggling with demons that refuse to submit. But we struggle and move forward because we know that the call of God is greater than any situation we face, and far greater than all of our insecurities. To suggest that we have to be perfect and presentable before we are in a space to lead, to heal, to write, to minister, to sing, to have something valuable to say, is an insult to that call and to the Divine.

An excerpt from A Lesson in Vulnerability, Weakness, and Unapologetic Messiness by Ebony Adedayo

Fragmented and Whole © is an affirmation that we are whole and complete as we already are, even as we continue to grow and heal from the things that have caused us pain. Together, over the course of the cohort, we will explore the concept Fragmented and Whole © by reflecting and writing on these themes: Grounded in Spirituality, Being and Becoming Whole, Black Women, Power, and Voice, Power in Creating Community

Applications are due March 1 and can be found here:

Email should you have any questions!