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Create to Know Thyself

At The Make Yourself Collective, we know that self-expression is essential to our very beings. We honor the transformative, healing power in making art, and most especially the written word, and stand firm in our belief that anyone can tap into that power.

The Make Yourself Collective designs programming with these core beliefs in mind. Whether you are a seasoned pro or an artistic newbie, MYC welcomes you to a safe and nurturing environment to explore your talents, your heart, and all the amazing things you have to say.

Embrace your creative spirit.

About the Founder


I'm Stephanie Vance, a writer, spoken word poet, educator, and mental health advocate based in Brooklyn, NY. My belief in the transformative power of the written word extends back as far as I can remember, and I founded MYC on this principle. Whether coping with trauma and grief, processing a serious mental illness diagnosis, navigating major life and employment changes, or simply dealing with the myriad stresses of everyday life, the one common thread in my healing process has been "writing it out." Through this process, instead of letting my fears and emotions fall on top of me, I'm able to get my arms around them, and start to let them go. It is vulnerable and sometimes uncomfortable work, but the increased clarity and lightness it provides me is worth every moment of discomfort it took to get there. Indeed, discomfort is always part of the journey to something great.

Through The Make Yourself Collective, I'm finally able to guide you through my process and help you harness for yourself the transformative power I've found in the written word. I couldn't be more excited to help you "write it out."

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Program Submissions

We are always looking out for new programming that suits our mantra: embrace your creative spirit.

We are especially looking for programs that can be easily conducted virtually, and in the writing, music, and/or movement spaces. They can be workshops, lectures, collaborative projects...the sky's the limit!

Do you have an idea for an MYC Program? We are *listening*!

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