Muse 2020 Seminar Series: The Things People Don't Say: Writing What Is Taboo - Remote!

Tuesday, August 25th, from 7:00pm-8:15pm
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
98 seats max

In this discussion, we will explore the power and transformative nature of writing non-fiction about what is taboo. For us presenters, that has meant writing about postpartum depression, job loss, manic depression, invisible disabilities, and divorce (a taboo in South Asian American culture). Instructors Sejal Shah & Pooja Makhijani will explore how we may say the unsayable. What forms, structures, and other elements can help us craft effective "taboo" essays and memoirs? And what might writing about taboos-- and sharing these stories via publication-- do to the taboo itself, or ourselves as writers?

We'll examine how some writers have done exactly this, including excerpts from Roxane Gay's Hunger and Bad Feminist, Carley Moore's 16 Pills, Esmé Weijun Wang's The Collected Schizophrenias, and Cheryl Strayed's "The Love of My Life," about infidelity and her grief over her mother's death.

Muse 2020 Seminar Series

Due to our presenters’ enthusiasm and generosity, we’re excited to bring several popular Muse & the Marketplace 2020 sessions to a screen near you! Each session will be presented as a rich, informative lecture with a brief Q&A. When you register you’ll get access for real-time instruction via Zoom, and the ability to view the seminar later.

If you register for 7 or more Muse 2020 Seminars, you’ll receive a $30 off code for your next GrubStreet class. Click here for more information and a list of Muse 2020 Seminars!

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:

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  • The Novel
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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