Can I Write That? Going to the Forbidden Places in Fiction and Non-Fiction

Thursday, September 11th, 6:00-9:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
20 seats max

Many of the greatest books on earth have endured specifically because their authors were willing to write about subjects that we all think about but that society has classified as taboo. Without exception, the decision to write about these subjects liberated them and took their work to the next level. In this seminar, we'll ask students to do the same thing, by looking at examples from Cheryl Strayed, Nabokov, Jeannette Walls, and others, and doing an in-class exercise. The class will be especially useful for writers who have been struggling to allow themselves to write about topics that feel forbidden, but should be fun regardless. Come ready to let it rip.

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Steve Almond
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  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Study Published Writing
  • Lecture
  • Q&A
  • Class Discussion


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay

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