Online: On-Demand

Belonging: Writing Home & Identity for Writers of Color

4 weeks online; no live meetings. Class opens September 28th.
Online: On Demand
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
For self-identified writers of color of various identities, this class will explore identity, borders, multilinguality, migration, race and origins (real, imagined, and everything in between).  We will explore what it means to belong or feel outsiderhood in the United States; we will write to first challenge and respond to dominant narratives and create narratives that reflect ourselves, self-define ourselves in all our complexities. The readings and videos will be across genres, but will be heavily poetry-based, including works by Danez Smith, Lee Herrick, Meena Alexander, Franny Choi, Li Young-Lee, Heid Erdrich, Craig Santos Perez, Luis Rodriguez, Martin Espada, Haunani Kay-Trask, Barbara Jane Reyes, bell hooks, and more. Writers will engage in exercises, discussion-responses on Wet.Ink and watch lecture-videos, along with submitting 1-2 pieces that they can get feedback on (two new pieces or 1 piece and 1 revision).

Class Format

This is an Online: On-Demand class that will take place on our asynchronous online learning platform, Wet.Ink. Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink before 5pm on the first day of class! All video lectures for Online: On-Demand courses have closed captioning available. To enable, click "cc" on the toolbar of each video lecture. 

*NOTE that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink, our online class platform, before 5pm on the first day of class.

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Aimee Suzara
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


  • Generate New Work
  • Get Feedback
  • Study Published Writing
  • Craft Lessons


  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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