OCOP Where I'm From LOGOWhat 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: “Where I’m From.” Explore through many angles — Where am I from? Where are we from? What creates a sense of place, ecology, history, community? How have I become who I am? How have we become who we are? What makes us who we are?

Where & When does OCOP happen? February 14 – June 14, 2015. Click on the Calendar and Where 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 “Where I’m From,” 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? All events will culminate in this extensive, interactive website showcasing participants’ writing, experiences, and insights. 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.