Writing the Gay Male Experience
Literature has long been a refuge for gay men—a way to connect with characters like themselves, to live vicariously, and to feel validation of their own experiences in an often hostile world. Gay lit has grown from limited themes of self-loathing, alienation, and pleas for tolerance into a rich, diverse, and often hilarious genre.
In this single session, we'll look at tragic, funny, and homoerotic excerpts from master works on the themes of coming out, love and attraction, and community. With exercises and prompts inspired by the these works, we'll generate new material for our own stories, memoirs, and poems.