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Feminist Fiction of the 1960s-70s

In this series we'll read some of the major novels published in the '60s/'70s, with the intention of looking back at this significant period of literary history when books written by and about women came in a rush accompanying the progress of second-wave feminism. We'll read the following books, as well as taking a look at some supporting texts from journalism and nonfiction:

March 18: Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook,
April 15: Margaret Atwood's The Edible Woman
May 20: Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
June 17: Joanna Russ's The Female Man
July 15: Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior

Expect intense discussion, and some interactive in-class activities.

Instructor: Mary Grimm has had two books published, Left to Themselves (novel) and Stealing Time (story collection). Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Antioch Review, and the Mississippi Review, as well as in a number of journals that publish flash fiction. Currently, she is working on an urban fantasy set in the flats area of a near-future, dystopian Cleveland.


Details: Feminist Fiction of the 1960s-70s takes place Saturdays March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, and July 15 from 1-3pm remotely through Zoom.

Genre: Reader Series/fiction

Level: All levels of readers are welcome.

Format: Reader Series classes take you on a deep dive into specific topic or author to gain a more advanced understanding of literature and the world. Experienced instructors will provide history, context, and analysis, and guide in-depth discussion that will help make you an instant expert in a single subject or author's body of work.

Each participant can decide how they choose to engage with the classes. You can read the books ahead of time, read them as the class progresses, or read them after the class has concluded. No matter your level of prior knowledge, you will receive a wealth of materials and insights in a condensed period, like a master class or a great course, only right here in Cleveland.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with a craft and/or generative nonfiction workshop, a feedback course, or a publishing course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 1.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email


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