ClassBringing Your Stories to Life: A Class for Writers of Color and Indigenous Writes
There are those of us who write because we “have to.” Ideas swirl in our brains; our imagination is fired by the multiplicity of people, places and things in the world around us. What is the best way to bring these stories to life given your chosen genre: adult fiction, kid lit, crime, romance? How do you determine which stories you want to write? What is your voice? How do you discern the difference between your authentic writing voice and your characters’ voices? Where do your characters live: in the past, present, current reality, or the land of make believe? What are some ways to critique our work and the work of others? What words are your darlings that you need to evict and find varied expressive words to use?
This class will focus on finding your voice as a writer and dip into finding the distinct voices of your characters. We will experiment with writing the same story in different genres, for different ages of readers and in different settings. There will be writing exercises and you will be put into breakout rooms to read your work. There will also be a question and answer time in each class. The second half of Saturday’s class will be dedicated to workshopping students' writing.
Wednesday, April 7th's class is from 6:30–8:30 p.m CST., and Saturday, April 17th's class is from 1–4 p.m. CST.
This class is part of a series of classes that cover the issues and traditions of writers of color and Indigenous writers and is intended for writers of color and Indigenous writers to work on their craft in a space that centers them and their work. We ask all participants to be cognizant of that core value. Minnesota human rights laws prevent the exclusion of anyone based on their identity. But if you are not a writer of color or Indigenous writer, please be mindful of the space and energy you take up in a class intended to uplift traditionally marginalized and silenced communities. Anyone being disruptive may be asked to leave.
The class is offered on a pay what you can basis with the suggested fee of $30 ($27 for Loft members). Students may select the "pay what you can" option and enter any amount, including $0.
This class will take place over Zoom. Meeting information and directions will be sent after registration.