ocop-amplifyWhat is OCOP? A dynamic series of writing, performance, activist and community-building events held across the globe for people to gather to write, tell stories, perform or discuss a common theme. OCOP cultivates greater civility, deeper dialogue, higher hope and a larger sense of personal and community purpose. Participants can share their responses on this website, weaving each unique event together so we can discover our shared and diverse voices.

What’s This Year’s Theme: “Amplify.” To amplify means to make larger, greater, stronger. Explore the transformative power of voice, writing, and storytelling —¬†ours individually and collectively —¬†through poetry, song, or prose as we contemplate questions like: What gives us the courage to make our voice and our life larger? How can we use our voice to bring awareness and positive change? What have we left barren or hidden that’s dying to be seen? What’s necessary to make us, our communities, and our world stronger?

Where & When does OCOP happen? March 1 – May 31, 2017. Click on the Calendar to find events already set, and check back for new postings.

Can I be a OCOP host? YES! All you need is some fire and passion, imagination and vision. The Transformative Language Arts Network will support you with promotional materials, ideas for topics, venues, coaching, cheerleading, and applause. You get to decide your own way to bring people together to riff off the theme, whether through a writing workshop, storytelling circle, salon, or multi-arts exploration. Here’s how you can host an event.

How are OCOP events be documented? If you host an event, you can send us photos, samples of writing, video, audio, etc. for us to post (with permission from participants). If you participate in an event, ask your event host to forward whatever you would like posted.

Participate: Please visit this page for the details on how to participate.