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Writing the Queer Body for Queer Writers - Remote!

$130.00
Members
$150.00
Non-members
Saturday, July 11th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

"To write something, to make art of it, is to make a claim about its value. Even in our age of marriage equality, when as a culture we tell ourselves a very flattering story about gay liberation, it remains the case that our culture despises the queer body, especially the queer sexual body," Garth Greenwell writes in an essay for The Guardian. "To write about the queer body not just explicitly, but with all of the resources of the literary tradition, to write it in a way that foregrounds beauty and lyricism is, I hope, a way to cherish that body. It’s a way not to argue for its value but to recognise and proclaim its value, and to lavish it with the peculiar, ennobling dignity art can bestow."

In this 6-hour workshop, we will look at ways the queer body has been portrayed in literature over time, how the cishet gaze has historically been imposed on our stories, and the ways in which queer and trans writers have been reclaiming the ways in which our bodies are represented on the page. We will analyze existing work and there will be time to workshop particular scenes that the writers may be working on that deal with queer bodies and queer sex.

While this class has been designed with LGBTQ+ writers in mind and will center the perspectives of those writers, all writers are welcome.

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:

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.

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Instructor

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Frankie De La Cretaz
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"

Elements

  • Generate New Work
  • In-Class Writing

Genre

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

Commitment Level

Low

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