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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Writing Self-Portraits like Kahlo

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

One of Mexico’s most well-known and loved artists, Frida Kahlo, painted brutally honest self-portraits that reveal her psychological and emotional responses to trauma and adversity. Her self-reflection fueled an unflinching and enduring interest in her identity, and her divided roles as artist, lover, and wife. What can writers learn from Kahlo’s relentless interrogation of herself? How can this level of self-analysis feed and develop the stories of our lives?

In this class, we’ll discuss these questions and engage in deeply reflective writing prompts and activities to help you develop yourself as a character on the page. We'll also look to Kahlo's paintings as examples of deep self-interrogation, and read excerpts of model essays by Jesmyn Ward, Ada Limón, and Roxane Gay.

Scholarships Format/Location

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.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!