Mastering Your Narrative Voice Through Queer Fiction
What makes a queer voice queer? How does one write with a strong voice when they’ve been so often silenced? Narrative voice can elude even the most heard identities, but for marginalized writers such as queers, it can be a particular challenge. In this ten-week course, we’ll deconstruct the voice and explore its relationship to PoV, sentence structure, pacing, and more by exploring examples from a breadth of queer writers, including Leslie Feinberg, Gabby Rivera, Sara Farizan, James Baldwin, Daniel Ortberg, Akwaeke Emezi, Jordy Rosenberg, and Oscar Wilde. Class time will be a mix of lecture, group discussion/workshop, and writing prompts, all meant to encourage you to play with voice, learn to identify its various forms, and become more confident in harnessing it for your own fiction. Note: Cisgender/heterosexual writers are very welcome if they have the willingness to learn and grow within a queer environment.
Please note: Class does not meet July 5th.
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