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Writing the Menstrual Cycle

Saturday, April 8th, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Menstruation impacts nearly half of the population, yet there's a persistent silence around it, both in daily life and on the page. Even as writing about many other realities of the body has become commonplace, menstruation tends to remain tethered to shame, even disgust. This class is focused on breaking the silence around menstruation, to help writers of all genres tell stories around this extremely ordinary, yet quite powerful, part of the human experience. After reading excerpts from menstrual advocates such as Gloria Steinum, Joan Chrisler, and Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, We’ll have a short discussion about the history behind the silence, the impact of this silence on those who menstruate and why it needs to be broken, as well as writing prompts to get you started.

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

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Shalene Gupta
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