Online: Zoom

Blackness, Transness & the Messes They Make

Saturday, December 2nd, from 12:00pm-1:30pm.
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
41 seats max

Blackness and transness are tightly intertwined. Co conspirators operating outside of dominant systems and, at times, the benchmark for normativity to define itself through and against. In this generative writing session we will explore and experiment with mess as the static that might result from their interactions and develop practices for handling the elements of those interactions that are not as readily contained by language. We will engage with a variety of scholars and artists including Hortense Spillers, Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí, Levi Cain and Anjimile.

Writers will leave the session with some new writing as well as several prompts and resources to write further on gender and race.

*This course will center Black trans identity and experiences. Black trans people and other qtpoc are especially encouraged to register.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!

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.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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