Hikayatna Narrative Training Program
Hikayatna Narrative Training Program:
Remember Our Past to Awaken Our Future
Upcoming Hikayatna Trainings
San Francisco, March 10–11 | Register
Hikayatna means “Our Story” in Arabic. The story of the Palestinian people has historically been silenced. Storytelling has served a central role in maintaining the Palestinian community, even as we are displaced around the globe. Hikayatna narrative training offers tools to Palestinians living in the diaspora to collect, record, and share their family stories as a catalyst for social change. Hikayatna is a project of FOSNA and the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace.
The primary goals of Hikayatna are to...
Proclaim our identity by learning about our history, family, and culture.
Dispel stereotypes by celebrating and sharing our strengths and heritage.
Strengthen our voice by communicating experiences through our own eyes and in our own words.
Share our story by speaking to faith-based and other communities to inspire action.
At Hikayatna narrative trainings, you will…
Learn methods needed to tell stories in narrative form while providing historical context.
Share your family history by recording stories; interviewing your elders; and archiving documents, pictures, and artifacts.
Develop tools for sharing your narratives in written, visual, and spoken formats in a variety of public spaces.
Gain a deeper understanding of your heritage and contribute to the future of our community.
After completing a Hikayatna training, you will have the opportunity to...
Contribute your family narrative to a collection of others online.
Be added to FOSNA’s Palestinian speakers list, for opportunities to be invited to public speaking engagements.
Refine your stories with follow-up support from Qasatna trainers and participants.
Of the 48 participants who have successfully completed the training,
seven have developed an oral and visual presentation 10 to 12 minutes long,
five have presented their stories to churches and other faith-based groups,
three have become co-trainers at later Hikayatna narrative trainings,
four meet regularly to share their writing,
and eight have met periodically to refine their oral and visual presentations.
Designed for and by Palestinians
Palestinians wishing to capture, construct, and share their family story are invited to attend Hikayatna narrative trainings. The curriculum and pedagogy for the training were designed by Palestinian educators and professional trainers. Trainers are experienced in the pedagogy of narrative making, and are skilled in supporting those new to the genre. All narrative training events are Palestinian led.
Hikayatna Narrative Trainings are part of FOSNA’s broader campaign to amplify a Christian voice for Palestine by:
Sharing the story of the Palestinian people with faith-based communities
Centering Palestinian voices at denominational gatherings
Fostering and promoting a Palestinian speakers list for conferences and events across North America
Sponsoring national speaking tours featuring Palestinian leaders (most recently, Omar Barghouti, Ahed Tamimi, and Naim Ateek)
Promoting Palestinian leadership within FOSNA and the broader BDS and Palestinian liberation movement