ClassConfronting Bias in Craft
As award-winning author Felicia Rose Chavez eloquently states: "The workshop leader affirms that participants arrive at the classroom as writers, whether or not they know it yet. Each of them comes from a unique storytelling tradition. There’s no gauntlet through which they must earn their literacy, only opportunities to enhance their storytelling abilities, both in terms of technical skillset and psychological savvy. It’s within this multiplicity of voices that participants fully comprehend the significance of their own story.”
But this is not the experience many marginalized writers have had in most creative learning environments. What does an unapologetic, anti-racist approach to craft look like? How can we better adapt our teaching and workshop habits to accommodate diversity in myriad forms? This four-week class is a safe space for creative writers to discover ideas and strategies on how to build, lead, and participate in writing classes that “free writers from the culturally-regulated boundaries" of how written narratives can be constructed and revised without diminishing marginalized experiences.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at email@example.com or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.