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  • Event
  • In-Person: Seaport
  • Adult (18+)

Craft Talk Series: 'Nearby and Dignified: On Rendering Characters from Marginalized Communities' with A.J. Rodriguez

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  • $40.00 Non-Member
  • $35.00 Member

Event Description

What does it mean to have a “fully-fleshed out” character? How does that meaning shift if a character comes from a marginalized background? This session addresses these questions by considering the cultural context, history, and power dynamics that shape our understanding of storytelling. Calling upon the work of authors such as Matthew Salesses and Paisley Rekdal, we will address what makes a portrayal dehumanizing or appropriative while also investigating how to subvert stereotypes and render characters from marginalized communities with dignity and complexity. Attendees will have the opportunity to respond to prompts, contribute to the conversation, and will walk away with an expanded perspective on how to illuminate the full humanity of the lives we story into the world.



About the Craft Talk Series

Want a fun crash course into unique craft topics not covered anywhere else? From how to write historical fiction and other identities with empathy and authenticity to how to write through dark periods (and take care of yourself while doing it), GrubStreet's Craft Talk Series explores fascinating writing subjects often left out of traditional classes and workshops. These interactive talks will include takeaway prompts to further guide your writing and thinking about series topics.

Tickets include one complimentary drink from the Fabulist Café. We encourage arriving before the session start time to collect your drink and settle in!



Program Format

This program will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.



Covid-19 Update

GrubStreet's space will be mask optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in-person.

Format/Location

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.


Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask-optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in person.


Space Accessibility:

Our space is ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA-compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.