The Well Workshop Series

April-December 2022
6-7:30 pm


The Well Workshop Series
6-7:30 pm | Register here

Circling around with joy to announce our 2022 residents at the well: the incredible Beck Nison and Niki Franco. The Well program connects the artist and writer in a healthcare residency supporting patients, survivors, and caregivers through the healing power of writing and artmaking. This program is led by Elia Khalaf, art therapist, with writer-in-residence Beck Nison and artist-in-residence Niki Franco, in collaboration with UM's Sylvester Cancer Center.

  • Sessions will be held virtually through Zoom (link in the confirmation email)
  • Thursdays 6-7:30 pm


  • April 21st | Homecoming: Your Creative Garden of Peace & Possibility (With Beck Nison)
  • May 12th | Zine-making: Our spring Garden, envisioning ourselves in the symbolism of garden cycles (With Niki Franco)
  • May 26th | Self-Love & Softening (With Beck Nison)
  • June 9th | Summer sensory map: an embodied workshop outlining a sensory map focused on resilience, joy, and pleasure (With Niki Franco)
  • June 30th | Play, Pleasure, & The Senses (With Beck Nison)
  • July 14th | Radical imagination: a workshop inviting radical imagination by collectively envisioning world-building (With Niki Franco)
  • August - December Dates TBD

About your facillitators

Beck Nison is a writer, artist, ceremonial guide, teacher, clinical licensed hypnotist, and mentor living on the unceded land of the Lenape people. It’s Beck's calling to help people heal creatively, claim the sovereignty of their imaginations, and express their most authentic voices and visions. Beck's offerings and teachings approach creative writing, hypnosis, and art-making as tools of personal power and collective liberation. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have been published in Catapult, The Kenyon Review, Pank, Bellevue Literary Review, and many other publications. She earned her MFA in Fiction at The New School, and she's been writer-in-residence at Byrdcliffe AiR, Lacawac Sanctuary, and Noepe Center for Literary Arts. She's a part-time associate professor at Parsons School of Design and she offers workshops that blend guided trance and creative practice at Minka Brooklyn.

Niki Franco is an abolitionist community organizer, writer, podcaster, multi-disciplinary artist, and facilitator of collective spaces. Seeking to disrupt the institutionalized bureaucratic frameworks of academia and transactional ways in which relationships exist under capitalism, her work experiments with truth-telling, radical history and thought, pleasure, joy, and revolutionary imagination. She is the host of "Getting to the Root of It with Venus Roots," a podcast that leans into conversations with artists, theorists, and organizers.

The Well is presented by O, Miami in collaboration with UM's Sylvester Cancer Center.