Queering Creative Nonfiction

with Cara Stoddard

Genres: Nonfiction, Essay



4 Sessions

Start Date: May 8, 2024
End Date: May 29, 2024
Day of Week: Monday
Time: 7:10 pm - 9:10 pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $273.60
General Price: $304.00

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In light of the rising tide of anti-trans bills passing into law across the country, queer people across the U.S. have begun to lose trust in the political and cultural progressivism that has, for a short while, brought about the legal status of our family bonds, namely through marriage and adoption. In this class, as queer creative nonfiction writers, we will take steps to queer our personal essays and memoirs about family. By taking a close look at excerpts from other contemporary queer nonfiction writers (including Ryan Van Meter, Brontez Purnell, Thomas Page McBee, Maggie Nelson, Jan Zita Grover, and Alexander Chee), students will generate and share their own new nonfiction that spotlights the uniquely queer aspects of familial intimacy. Students can expect to come away with a new personal essay or chapter for a memoir as well as a list of literary journals and contests to submit to that explicitly publish queer creative nonfiction from emerging writers.


  • March 12: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 19: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 25: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Cara Stoddard

Cara Stoddard


Cara Stoddard holds an MFA from the University of Idaho and a BA from the College of Wooster. Their work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Terrain, and Ninth Letter, among others, and has been nominated for Pushcart. Learn more at Cara's website.

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