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Connect with Preeti Dhaliwal,

| Creativity and Writing Coach | Equity & Diversity Mentor |

Connect with Preeti Dhaliwal,

| Creativity and Writing Coach | Equity & Diversity Mentor |

Introduction

Headline:

| Creativity and Writing Coach | Equity & Diversity Mentor |

I am a(n):

Lawyer Writer Justice | Equity | Diversity | Inclusion Builder Facilitator Critical Race Feminist Creative Facilitation Consultant College Professor Former Radio Show Host Community Builder

I know a lot about:

Social Justice Critical Analysis Creativity Creative Writing Journaling Race Equity Equality Inclusion Facilitation Hybrid Writing Forms Fiction The Power of Words Grief Arts-based empowerment Arts-based methodologies and facilitation Law Self-reflection Critical Race Theory

I am the go-to for:

People come to me when they need support articulating their stories, their desires and their problems. If you want to tell your story and find your voice, I'm your person. If you want to write your story in a new way, experimental and unconventional (or just get it all out on paper), I'm your person. If you want to understand and analyse a problem on multiple levels (intellectual, emotional, critical, political, ideological, etc.), I can help with that too! I’m the go-to when folks are looking for new ways to express themselves or share ideas and feelings that they haven't found words or form for. I can help you tune into your creativity to express what lives in the silence of your body, or the things that are silencing you on personal, systemic and ideological levels. Whether you're beginning to navigate concepts of race, equity, diversity and inclusion or you're trying to understand how to share the complexities of your inner world, I can support you in that process.

I can help you:

  • Discover the story you want to write, or develop the story you already know you want to write.
  • Talk to someone about race, diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Consider equity, race, diversity and inclusion in relation to your creative and/or professional work. Develop a critical lens with love and compassion.
  • Overcome resistance to creativity and find new ways to approach an idea or project you've already started or that you've tucked away for years and years.
  • Find creative ways to approach complex or difficult emotions (for example, grief, anger, resentment, etc.)

Why me:

I grew up wanting to be a lawyer while always finding solace and connection in the arts. I finished my law degree by doing a minor in theatre, hosting radio shows, founding and facilitating a women's writing circle, journaling, co-organizing the Faculty's first Critical Race Theory Seminar, and acting in school productions. The arts held me through that degree as they had always held me through life's adversities. I went on to article at a boutique litigation firm and the Federal Court of Canada but practicing law wasn't my passion. My analytical mind finds more comfort and purpose in the arts, social justice, creativity, expression, facilitation and teaching. So I pursued a path that allowed me to explore how law lives in the body with a focus on race, moved on to teaching and then finally allowed myself to do what I had always wanted to do: write a novel. While systemic barriers are very real, as are financial and cultural pressures, a lot of what stopped me from pursuing a creative path was myself and my own fear. I've been practicing various art forms for over 20 years and have also been involved in race, equity and inclusion work for 15+ years, and would love to support other creatives, business professionals, women, people of colour and academics in finding balance, voice and purpose.

I am available for:

📞 Telephone | 💻 Virtual | 🤙 In person | ⚡ One time payment | 🥳 Event

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Write to Release, Write to Discover: 8 Week Freewriting Workshop for Brains

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One-on-One Writing Coaching: Starting A New Project (4 x 60 Minute Sessions)

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10 Hours - A writing program tailored to you (editing, creation, learning)

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About

My story:

I am a critical race feminist, lawyer, writer, college professor and facilitator who grew up on the traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt, Tsawwassen and Musqueam First Nations (also known as Surrey and North Delta, BC). I have training in legal research, editing and decision-writing as well as creative writing, experiential learning program design, legal pedagogy and arts-based facilitation. At the heart of my work, I see law as story and I see stories as teachings.

After completing my Bachelor’s in International Relations at the University of British Columbia, followed by civil and common law degrees at McGill University, I articled at a boutique litigation firm in Toronto and clerked at the Federal Court of Canada. During my law degrees, I also pursued a minor in theatre, worked in radio, founded a women of colour writing circle, and co-organized the law faculty’s first critical race theory course. As you might be able to see, writing and creativity are central to my well-being and community practice!

I later pursued a Master of Laws at the University of Victoria. In my LLM, I investigated how law lives in the body using theatre and performance as both subject and method, with a focus on race and the Komagata Maru. I continue to be inspired by the capacity of arts-based methodologies to deepen human relationships and unpack what lives in the silence of the body.

I’ve published short stories, poetry, academic essays and creative nonfiction. As a recent graduate of the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program, I've also completed a novel manuscript and am working with an agent to get this story to the world. It's a nonlinear, hybrid novel written in fragments that breaks with convention while telling a story of the many ways we try to find connection in a world that too often alienates and isolates through the story of a young South Asian woman named Simrin.

My mission:

Stories change the world by altering our ways of seeing, feeling and being with one another and the planet. Connection allows us to share and exchange stories so that we can be altered.

In my artistic and academic pursuits, I love exploring the nexus between the arts and justice in order to expand potential for social change and empathy. In my work with others, I want to suppor

My greatest accomplishments:

1) I completed three law degrees, articled at at a boutique litigation firm and clerked with a Federal Court judge while maintaining a strong and practiced relationship with my creativity.

2) I gave myself permission to leave law and do what I love most: write and teach social justice.

3) I recently completed my novel manuscript and it is currently with an agent!

4) I did a performance art piece that invited spectators/participants to interact with societal understandings of law, race and (in)justice.

5) My heart is the strongest muscle in my body.

My hobbies/activities:

Read Collage Walk with Trees and Moss Sit with the Ocean Cook

My goals:

I want to publish five books in the next ten years. I want to design courses that blend law, justice and creativity (with a trauma-informed approach) for law faculties, creative writing departments and business professionals. I want to record a few music tracks!

Read, listen to, and/or watch this:

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.” ― Audre Lorde

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” ― James Baldwin

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” ― Lilla Watson

Real wealth is not the possession of property but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, is to keep developing our natural and acquired powers to relate to other human beings.” ― Grace Lee Boggs

Fun facts:

When I was in law school, I read children's books on the subway and poetry books under my desk during Contracts. I love to sing but I'm shy about it. I did my first year of university in a castle in England. I have a nephew who I absolutely adore. Doing a few chin-ups a day makes me feel strong. Nature has been my best friend during quarantine. I meditated often as a child and returned to the practice in a regular way over the past few months. I grew up with and in a lot of struggle, and have worked (and continue to work) very hard to transform those experiences into empathy, art, love and creativity. I believe in the power of the arts and of transformation.

I want to learn more about:

Ethical investments Somatics Graphic novels Neuroplasticity Traditional healing practices Bicycles Trauma-informed approaches

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Professional experiences:

  • Professor, Global Citizenship at Centennial College
  • Professor, Creative Writing at Guelph-Humber College
  • Law Clerk to the Honourable Justice Anne Mactavish (lawyer) at Federal Court of Canada
  • Student-at-Law (articling student) at Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • Facilitator at Power of Hope & Conflict Resolution, Arts & InterCultural Experience
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Educational experiences:

  • Magisteriate in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) at Guelph University
  • Master of Laws at University of Victoria
  • Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L. and LL.B) at McGill University
  • Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) at University of British Columbia
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Portfolio

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I served as the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion consultant for this podcast series titled "This is Something Else." I also supported with research, script editing and technical aspects.

The podcast can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/show/11NWpoJgOircINAUYX2BiE?si=UwCUwlrPTtuixqoz7RJ4Gg&dl_branch=1

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http://hdl.handle.net/1828/8025

This thesis offers theoretical and practical explorations of how multimedia arts-based methods and embodied storytelling support critical and transformative understandings of law. Using theatre as both subject and method, the author demonstrates how laws live in bodies, with a focus on race, whiteness, migration and the Komagata Maru. Drawing on various theatre practices as well as critical race, feminist and performance scholarship, the author calls for a new way of interacting with law: jurisprudential theatre. Jurisprudential theatre is a method that employs autobiography, utopian visioning, legal research and audience involvement to create plays that examine existing law while filling affective spaces that existing law neglects. This method builds an alternate archive that supplements existing laws but can also be used to study them. The author explains the method through a performance art piece titled Re-embodying. She then uses jurisprudential theatre to examine the legal history of the Komagata Maru through case law and two play texts, all of which lay the groundwork for the method’s application in the first draft of a play titled Eustitia. “Rather than laying my life and research out in a chronological, linear fashion with smooth transitions, this thesis blends scholarly, autobiographical, episodic and creative writing – sometimes abrupt, sometimes guided. This framework takes you on a journey to the Komagata Maru through my experiences and understandings of race, whiteness, law and trauma. This thesis asks you to bear witness while offering you life stories, performance art, the draft of a play, images and academic prose. I invite you to join me in a creative and performative process that will move you beyond the confines of the page to online worlds and internal realms. Why? To study and experience (as best we can in a text-based relationship) the internal and embodied consequences of law alongside its external, material and relational impacts.”

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https://issuu.com/thefold_/docs/fold_2017_print_singles/36
Festival of Literary Diversity Program (2017)

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https://quillandquire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/TBD-A-COVID-19-RESPONSE-2.pdf

The story begins on page 7, and was written at the very start of the pandemic.

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Created at the beginning of the pandemic.

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