It’s said that a sign of true bilingualism is when a person catches herself or himself thinking in two languages. Author Monique Polak will play withthis concept during her writing workshop for teens and adults. The workshop will begin with a discussion about what it means for workshop participants to be bilingual. What are the benefits of bilingualism and what are its challenges? Then Monique will suggest ways to turn this material into poetry or prose. She will share strategies to help participants move from the brainstorming stage to actual writing of both fiction and non-fiction. Participants will be encouraged to write in the language of their choice, and may even opt to write in both French and English (and perhaps even another language if they so choose). The goal of this 90-minute workshop is for participants to leave with the seeds for a longer poetry or prose project that they may continue to work on.