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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 5 Weeks

Spaces Between: Queering Speculative Fiction

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  • $370.00 Non-Member
  • $355.00 Member

Class Description

What is alien gender? How does the Otherworld express being Othered? In this course, we'll explore questions of gender and sexuality in speculative fiction, moving beyond Ursula LeGuin's classic The Left Hand of Darkness. This class will take a two-pronged approach to understanding the relationship between the queer and the weird, including discussions of writing queer characters in speculative fiction, as well as using elements of the uncanny to express experiences of queerness. We'll practice imagining beyond the binary, consider the metaphorical power of magic, discuss the place of gender in worldbuilding, and develop strategies for using the language we have to imagine worlds we don't... yet. We'll also define the speculative broadly, considering serious sci-fi alongside rule-bending fabulism, and student material is encouraged to mirror this diversity of subgenre. Through our work together, we'll explore how liminal, fluid spaces of identity can find a home in the Weird, what Jeff Vandermeer (Annihilation) calls "a country with no border, found in the spaces between." Potential authors include Carmen Maria Machado, Ann Leckie, Sarah Rees Brennan, Octavia Butler, NK Jemisin, Samuel R Delaney, Virginia Woolf, Myriam Gurba, Aimee Bender, and Brenda Peynado.

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.

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

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. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

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!