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Free writing class: Find Your Story, Find Your Voice

  • Quatrefoil Library 1220 East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN, 55407 United States (map)

Everyone has a story to tell, and we all have a unique perspective and voice to contribute. In fact, we are telling our stories all the time, even the most shy among us. In this 5-session class we’ll tap into some of the places our stories come from: through walking in the world (at the store, at work), through our identities (as people with marginalized identities, or from experiences within the margins), and from our family and love relationships. From every aspect of life comes an opportunity to create story.

In this class we’ll learn to identify the craft elements of voice, perspective, and point of view. We’ll read poetry, flash, and sections from memoir and fiction for examples of these elements, by authors from the LGBTQIA community such as Chrystos, Saeed Jones, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.

This is a generative class, with writing prompts and opportunities to explore. We’ll share and discuss each other’s work, using guidelines for constructive feedback. We’ll discover the emergence of voice in our writing, and identify areas to lean into as we dig deeper with our stories. In the fourth session we’ll look at what we’ve generated and identify themes that have emerged, and strong areas to pursue.

Open to all ages and genders.

Class meets:
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sundays in September (9/1, 9/8, 915, 9/22, 9/29).

Fee for class:
Free with a $5 copy fee for handouts, no one turned away for lack of funds. If interested in taking this class, e-mail Josina at jo.manu@goddard.edu

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