Thu, 09 Sept|
Workshop | We Write in Order to Find Our Plots
Join writer and coach Andrew Kauffmann and be introduced to the possibilities of exploring our queer selves through memoir and creative non-fiction.
Time & Location
09 Sept 2021, 19:00 – 21:30 BST
About the Event
‘We write in order to find our plots’: Revealing our queer stories through memoir and creative non-fiction
An interactive two-and-a-half-hour workshop, you will be introduced to the possibilities of exploring your queer self through memoir and creative non-fiction. It will explore how the personal and the political can be combined in memoir and highlight the growing opportunities of this playful genre.
In the workshop you will
- Consider what creative non-fiction is and its queer possibilities
- Get into groups to discuss what we like and value in memoir and non-fiction
- Consider set texts from Melissa Febos, Bruce Owens Grimm and others to consider where creative non-fiction converges and diverges from poetry & fiction, and how LGBT+ writers can 'queer' the form
- Showcase examples of persuasive memoir from queer writers and how we can combine the political and personal
- Explore the 'factual truth' and the 'emotional truth' of past events: navigating our stories through a timeline exercise
- Space for writers to consider their emerging ideas for non-fiction and memoir in smaller groups: a mind mapping exercise
- Q&A about getting creative non-fiction and memoir published and upcoming writing opportunities in the genre
Coming away from the workshop, you will: be clearer on the freedom and flexibility that comes with writing memoir and creative non-fiction; how their experiences in life can inform and shape their writing; and two exercises to better identity pivotal points or episodes in their life they would like to use as a platform for writing memoir or non-fiction.
Andrew Kauffmann is a writer and coach whose non-fiction has been published by Untitled: Writing, Clavmag, Queerlings, Streetcake, Babel Tower Notice Board, The Huffington Post, and in Polari Press’s Creating in Crisis’ anthology. One of six winners of The Literary Consultancy’s 2020 LGBT+ Free Reads competition for an extract from his memoir-in-progress, he is also a winner of the 2021 Spread the Word and Scribe UK competition for works of narrative non-fiction. A coach who helps clients to find the meaning in life events, Andrew Kauffmann blogs about the proven benefits of storytelling for wellbeing and mental health at www.andrewkaufman.co.uk
We want to be accessible to as many LGBTQ+ writers as possible and this ticket price is for writers who would otherwise struggle to be able to attend e.g. low-income, benefits etc. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are still unable to afford to access this event at this price as we do have access to bursaries.£9.00