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For The Culture: Writing Critical Narratives

This course will explore published works by known critical writers, such as Samantha Irby, Hanif Abdurraqib, Morgan Parker, Saeed Jones, etc., who all incorporate criticism of pop culture, race and society in their work. As this is an intermediate writing class, participants will read and discuss selected works by the above authors for the first two weeks of the course. Discussion will focus on how the authors integrate these topics into their work and include mini writing exercises for participants to begin generating new work. For the next three weeks, writers will generate new work and participate in a workshop setting to receive feedback from their peers. The final week will be an opportunity for students to share their completed work with their peers. With this course, participants will engage with work that focuses on “difficult” or “taboo” topics, and then use that discussion to consider ways to explore their own topics of interest (possibly gender, sexuality, religion, etc.) in their own work.


Negesti Kaudo is a Midwestern essayist who holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago and has worked as a copywriter, a sex toy columnist, and an adjunct writing instructor. Her work has appeared in Fourth Genre, Best American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere. Ripe is her first book.


For The Culture: Writing Critical Narratives with Negesti Kaudo takes place Tuesdays, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, (no class June 14), June 21, and June 28 from 6-8pm remotely online via Zoom.

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