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Queer Essaying

Essay means to test or to try. The personal essay’s emphasis on the experimental and resisting convention have made it a particularly compelling genre for queer writers. How are queer writers using the essay to grapple with marginalized identities and bodies? How can an essay writing practice help us represent our selves and find our voices?
In this course, we will read a variety of essays from queer writers and study the ways they use craft to represent the self on the page. We will explore these possibilities in our own writing through writing prompts. Class will also include time to discuss and workshop student work.
Instructor: Anna Chotlos’s essays and poems have recently appeared in Split Lip, Hotel Amerika, Sweet Lit, and River Teeth’s Beautiful Things. She holds an MA from Ohio University and now teaches and writes in Denton, Texas where she is a PhD student in creative writing at the University of North Texas.


Details: Queer Essaying takes place Thursdays July 20, July 27, August 2, August 10, August 17, and August 24 from 6:30-8:30pm remotely online via Zoom.
Prerequisites: Must have previous workshop experience

Genre: Nonfiction 

Level: Advanced

Format: Craft and generative workshop with reading, discussion, and feedback 

Location: This class takes place online remotely via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 24.

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

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