Fiction, Reading

  • Term: Winter 2023
  • Start Date: January 22, 2023
  • End Date: February 12, 2023
  • Day of Week: Sunday
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $240.00
  • Member Price: $216.00

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Sheila Heti’s “Motherhood”: Writing Against Patriarchy

In this class, we'll read Sheila Heti's autofictional Motherhood (2018), a novel about one woman's inability to decide whether to have children. Heti uses writing as an anti-patriarchal tool for redefining motherhood and creating new possibilities for writing and living. We'll use her work to write about our own experiences of writing, caring/mothering, gender, embodiment (including abortion and pregnancy), and sexuality. In class, we'll close read and discuss the novel, then turn to writing prompts to develop our own autofictions.

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December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: 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.