English CQN. “Queer Stories, Queer Lives”: A Fiction Workshop on Queer Narratives

Instructor: Nick White
Thursday, 12:00-2:45 pm | Location: TBA
Enrollment: Limited to 12 students

Is there a queer aesthetic? Or is there a particularly queer way to tell a story? Do our lived experiences as queer folk affect the kinds of stories we tell?
In this workshop, we will explore how queer writers have endeavored to tell their stories, and then we will craft and workshop our own. Readings to include excerpts or full texts from: Alexander Chee’s Edinburgh, Garth Greenwell’s Cleanness, Jewelle Gómez’s The Gilda Stories, Randall Kenan’s A Visitation of Spirits, Andrea Lawlor’s Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, Morgan Thomas’s Manywhere, as well as others. You will write one flash piece and one short story/novel chapter (around 5k words). Your final project will be a substantial revision of the short story/novel chapter. 

This course satisfies the English Concentration "Diversity in Literature" requirement for students on the “Common Ground” curriculum.