Online Workshop: Six sessions
Week of October 8 - November 12
Virtual Meetings: Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 9pm EST
This class is open to writers of all levels and will center on the voices of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) writers and our stories. This class will focus on writing that centers LGBTQ identified characters and themes. Through guided writing prompts and homework assignments students will generate new work exploring sexual and gender transgression. We will discuss the shifting literary markets as LGBTQ fiction becomes more accepted in mainstream literary worlds, and explore the important role genre writing/small presses continue to play in LGBTQ literature. Particular focus will be given to conversations of centering #OwnVoices as well as the joys and challenges of marginalized writers creating fiction by/for/about their communities. This class will also involve strengths-based guided peer workshopping of newly generated work.
Sassafras Lowrey is straight-edge punk who grew up to become the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Hir books—Lost Boi, A Little Queermas Carol, Roving Pack, Leather Ever After, and Kicked Out—have been honored by organizations ranging from the National Leather Association to the American Library Association. Hir nonfiction book Left Out: How Marriage Equality Abandoned Homeless LGBTQ Youth is forthcoming from The New Press. Sassafras lives and writes in Brooklyn with hir partner, and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Learn more at www.SassafrasLowrey.com
All registered students are expected to log into the WetInk platform during the scheduled Virtual Meetings each week to participate in a text chat discussion with the teacher.