Belonging and Alterity: Writing Race, Culture & Identity - Remote!

Friday, August 20th, 2:30pm-5:30pm (EST)
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

This seminar is intended to highlight Writers of Color and encourage directly writing about race, culture and identity (intersectionally, including gender, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, etc) during these times. We'll watch and read short works together by BIPOC writers, do writing exercises and have space to share about being writers of various groups who may not commonly see ourselves in the dominant narrative and mainstream spaces.

This is a place to feel and carve out belonging while also discussing the benefits of experiences that give us "alterity" or outsider-status, which can be a source of cultural capital and strength, individually and collectively, and as creative people. Readings include poetry by Kevin Yang, Suheir Hammad, Danez Smith, Regie Cabico, Michelle Peñaloza, Barbara Jane Reyes, Audre Lorde, Luis Rodríguez, Gloria Anzaldua and more.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

Scholarship Information

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  • Generate New Work
  • Study Published Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Class Discussion


  • Short Fiction
  • Poetry

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