with Charity Sade

Young Adult Cancer Caregivers/Co-survivors (partners, friends, etc…) are welcome to join this workshop being held from 12:00-2:00pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Caregivers/Co-survivors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, October 6th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and patients/survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Charity Sade

Young Adult Cancer Caregivers/Co-survivors (partners, friends, etc…) are welcome to join this workshop being held from 12:00-2:00pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Caregivers/Co-survivors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, October 6th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and patients/survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Charity Sade

Young Adult Cancer Caregivers/Co-survivors (partners, friends, etc…) are welcome to join this workshop being held from 12:00-2:00pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Caregivers/Co-survivors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, October 6th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and patients/survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Charity Sade

Young Adult Cancer Caregivers/Co-survivors (partners, friends, etc…) are welcome to join this workshop being held from 12:00-2:00pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Caregivers/Co-survivors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, October 6th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and patients/survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Charity Sade

Young Adult Cancer Caregivers/Co-survivors (partners, friends, etc…) are welcome to join this workshop being held from 12:00-2:00pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

Caregivers/Co-survirors: Register here!

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, October 6th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and patients/survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Charity Sade

Young Adult Cancer Caregivers/Co-survivors (partners, friends, etc…) are welcome to join this workshop being held from 12:00-2:00pm for 6 weeks. Participants are expected to attend all 6 classes, beginning on Sunday, February 23rd.

**Please note there is a $50 fee to participate in this class.

In this 6-week course with instructor Charity Sade, young adult cancer survivors will learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute comedic storytelling piece or stand-up comedy set by working on timing, delivery, story structure, and comedy writing.

Each week, the class will be led by Charity Sade, and a guest comic, who will run through writing exercises, performance skills and techniques (e.g., how to hold a mic, where to stand, etc). The attendees will also get the opportunity to “workout” their material during each session, with guided feedback from the instructors and their peers. At the end of the course, there will be a comedy showcase on April 22nd featuring the class members. This event will also raise funds for the Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community programming.

*Note: There is a required registration fee of $50 to enroll in this course and enrollment is limited to 6-8 participants. Classes begin on Sunday, October 6th and are weekly on Sundays for 6 weeks, with caregivers/co-survivors from 12:00-2:00pm* and patients/survivors from 2:30-4:30pm*. The final class is Sunday, March 29th. Participants are expected to participate in all six classes and are encouraged to perform at the comedy showcase scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm. Please contact us at 202.483.8600 or erin@smithcenter.org if you have any questions about this program.

*On Sunday, March 29, classes will run from 12:30-2:30p and 3:00-5:00pm.


 About Charity Sade

Charity Sad​e​ is an up and coming comedian from Indiana, but has resided in Washington, D.C. for the last 8 years.

She has performed across the country, and won a new comic competition at Greenwich Village Comedy Club. ​Within her first year of comedy, Charity made her festival debut at the 2018 DC Comedy Festival as well as the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

She has always used humor to get through difficult moments in her life, including her breast cancer diagnosis at age 27. ​On stage, she takes her difficult life experiences and turns them into relatable, humorous tales. Her comedic superpower is her ability to make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

Charity is the creator and founder of Comedic Relief: Coping Through Comedy. You can catch Charity hosting, producing, and performing on shows across the DMV.

with Rick Black, an international prize-winning haiku poet

Take some of your most cherished and beloved memories — and turn them into haiku or short poems to share with others. When you’re feeling low and just need an extra boost, it will help remind you of your favorite times and people. An experienced poet will help you along the way to make these poems memorable for you and others.

Suggested Donation: $20


About Rick Black

A poet, book artist and photographer, Rick Black is the founder and owner of Turtle Light Press, a small publishing company that specializes in handcrafted books, fine art prints and note cards.

In recent years, Rick has won several awards for his own poetry as well as books that he has published. He has given readings at the Library of Congress and elsewhere around the country. He often takes bike rides in the region and can be spotted taking photographs in and around Arlington, Falls Church, and Washington, D.C.

As he has gotten to know the area, he has begun turning his digital photos into artistic paintings – luminous, colorful and playful. His images have been selected to adorn the rooms of the Hilton Garden Inn in Falls Church. He has exhibited widely in the mid-Atlantic region and his work can be found in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

For close to twenty years, he worked as a journalist, including a three-year stint in the Jerusalem bureau of The New York Times. He also has freelanced for numerous national newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and other publications.

To see more of Rick’s books or his artistic photographs, please visit his website: www.turtlelightpress.com

with Ravenna Raven & Jenny Hegland

Join poets Ravenna Raven and Jenny Hegland for a 5-15 minute conversation as they write custom poems that are composed, typewritten, and given to each participant.

Participants can arrive anytime between 12:00 and 3:00pm and wait their turn for a conversation with one of the poets. Tea and water are always available in the Nook while you wait.


About the poets

Ravenna Raven is a poet, educator, and sewing artist living in Washington, D.C. She spent her childhood in a 250-year-old farmhouse in rural New Jersey, reading and writing stories to entertain herself. While studying poetry as a graduate student at the University of Maryland, she began developing and teaching courses for creative writing, reading development, and inquiry research. Ravenna is a listener poet with a nonprofit that promotes good listening in hospitals and healing spaces while supporting patient and staff wellbeing and the humanization of healthcare. Her upcoming projects will combine her love of language with a passion for sewing and garment design to create custom, one-of-a-kind wearable poems.

Jenny is a creative facilitator, coach, and social entrepreneur whose life’s work centers around community engagement, participatory leadership, and social justice. She moved to the greater DC area in 2018 after living in Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands) for three years, where she co-founded and led two disaster recovery nonprofits. Prior to that she worked in higher education for 10 years as a counselor, instructor, and partnership liaison. She holds a M.S. in counseling and a B.S. in communications.

This program has been cancelled. Please check back for future dates!

with Ravenna Raven

Join poet Ravenna Raven for a 5-15 minute conversation as they write custom poems that are composed, typewritten, and given to each participant.

Participants can arrive anytime between 12:00 and 3:00pm and wait their turn for a conversation with one of the poets. Tea and water are always available in the Nook while you wait.


About Ravenna Raven

Ravenna Raven is a poet, educator, and sewing artist living in Washington, D.C. She spent her childhood in a 250-year-old farmhouse in rural New Jersey, reading and writing stories to entertain herself. While studying poetry as a graduate student at the University of Maryland, she began developing and teaching courses for creative writing, reading development, and inquiry research. Ravenna is a listener poet with a nonprofit that promotes good listening in hospitals and healing spaces while supporting patient and staff wellbeing and the humanization of healthcare. Her upcoming projects will combine her love of language with a passion for sewing and garment design to create custom, one-of-a-kind wearable poems.

This event has been cancelled. Please check back for future events!

with Susi Wyss

Led by a therapeutic writing facilitator, this session is designed for people living with or affected by illness. Tap into the healing benefits of writing using prompts and other exercises in a playful and supportive environment. No writing experience necessary, just an open mind.

All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring any journals or notebooks that you would like to use.


About Susi Wyss

Susi Wyss was born in Washington, D.C. to Swiss parents. When she turned seven, her family relocated to Abidjan, Ivory Coast for three years—a period that would have a lasting impact on her view of the world.

After graduating from Vassar College, Susi pursued a career in international health, hoping she could make a positive difference in places like the ones she’d seen as a child. She earned a master’s degree in public health from Boston University and joined the Peace Corps, working on a child survival project in the Central African Republic. For the next 16 years, she visited and worked in more than a dozen African countries, eventually living for another three years in Abidjan. It was during this second stint in the Ivory Coast that she began writing fiction, much of it inspired by people she’d met, stories she’d heard, and experiences she’d had in Africa.

Upon her return to the U.S., while continuing her work in international health, Susi earned a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. She subsequently took a two-year sabbatical to write The Civilized World, a novel-in-stories set in Africa that was published by Henry Holt in April 2011.

Since completing her debut book, Susi has been working on a second novel while also working as an editor at Jhpiego, a Baltimore-based international health organization. Her stories, including several from The Civilized World, have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Bellevue Literary ReviewBellingham Review, and The Massachusetts Review. She has served as an associate editor for the Potomac Review, and her writing has been recognized by awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.