Fiction, Nonfiction, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

  • Term: Spring 2023
  • Start Date: April 16, 2023
  • End Date: May 21, 2023
  • Day of Week: Sunday
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $305.00
  • Member Price: $274.50

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Sara Stridsberg’s Valerie: Writing Against Patriarchy

In this class, we'll read Sara Stridsberg's Valerie (2019), a reimagining of American feminist Valerie Solanas' life. Stridsberg's experimental and inventive novel, described as a "literary fantasy," rewrites Solanas' story to interrogate and challenge white (American) patriarchy. Each class begins with discussion and then turns to generative writing prompts, using Stridsberg's work to write about our own feminist heroes and patriarchal realities. We'll use Stridsberg's techniques, such as play-like dialogues, abecedaria, court records, and history to jump-start our work.

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

Kaelie Giffel

Kaelie Giffel


Kaelie Giffel, Ph.D., formerly of Seattle, now writes and does violence prevention work in Durham, NC. Her writing focuses on feminism, education, and the joys of intellectual work for activists. Her work has appeared in academic journals and elsewhere.