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Writing Feminist Worlds

with Kaelie Giffel

Genres: Fiction, Reading, Novel


Introductory, Intermediate

6 Sessions

Start Date: August 1, 2024
End Date: September 5, 2024
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
General Price: $386.00

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“My own writing journey began with feminism: I always wanted to be a writer. It wasn't until I started reading feminist thinkers and novelists that I realized there were parts of my life worth writing about and thinking about more deeply … We have a rich tradition and conversation to contribute to, and I want more people to feel they have access to that conversation.” – Kaelie Giffel, instructor for Writing Feminist Worlds 

Let’s explore the rich history of feminist interventions in literature and the various kinds of craft techniques we can use to make a more feminist world. We’ll read Kang Hwagil's Another Person, a brilliant detective novel about the aftermath of sexual violence, then discuss the way craft and content inform each other, hold space for the sharing of our own experiences, and talk about how bringing these stories into writing can expand our sense of what literature is. 

This class is designed for writers who care about feminism and are interested in exploring the intersection of craft and politics. For example, we’ll examine the implications of a metaphor and how choosing the right one can transform your reader's perception, how we can use multiple points of view to model changing relationships, and how to depict traumatic events in our writing. If our goal is to change the reader, what kinds of craft possibilities does that open for us as writers?  

You’ll leave each class session with generative prompts (related to our discussions) that you can use to write your own feminist worlds. By the end of this course, you will come away with a better understanding of feminist literature, the politics of craft, and how you can use these perspectives to expand your own writing.  

Content warning: this class will discuss domestic and sexual violence, harassment, poverty, and misogyny. 

Students say… 

“It was so fun to dissect a text, the mind of a writer, to generate and discuss interpretations and deepen meaning. I enjoyed the joint study of craft and how this can advance my own writing. I enjoyed thinking about cultural issues in our society and how writing is a way to use our voice against them.” 

“Kaelie perfects the knowledge and rootedness needed for her classes while also asking expansive questions to prompt her students to dive deeper into the subject matter and their personal writings…I always leave class feeling like a better writer and person.” 

Registration Dates: 

  • June 25: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT  
  • July 2: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • July 9: Last day of early bird registration 
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.

Describe your teaching style.

My classes revolve around discussion: while I prepare mini-lectures, discussion questions, and have destinations in mind, classes are at their best when everyone comes with thoughts about the reading and about their own writing. In that way, what you get out of the class is commensurate with what you put in. We also move between discussing craft and having broader conversations about the content of a work because you cannot separate the two. Finally, I always end class with writing prompts to help generate material related to our discussions that students can work up into more polished pieces.

Each class description includes a breakdown of what you can expect in terms of in-class activity, feedback, and homework (if any). 

Generative means you’ll be generating new writing, either in class or at home between classes.

Workshop means you’ll be sharing work to be read and critiqued by your instructor and classmates and that you will also be critiquing the work of your peers. 

Reading means you’ll be doing close reading of a work with an eye toward craft. 

Craft discussion means you’ll be looking at the tools writers use to do that thing they do so well and then trying it out yourself.

Class levels are designed for various stages of the writing journey. Simply self-select the level that sounds best for where you’re at. 

Introductory: This is your first creative writing workshop, first writing class since high school, or first foray into a new genre or form. You’re looking to try something new, kickstart your writing, and/or establish yourself in the fundamentals.

Intermediate: You have a strong understanding of writing fundamentals and are eager to deep dive into craft. You’re honing your writerly identity and voice through independent projects. In workshop, you look for constructive feedback and are ready to do writing and reading outside of class.

Advanced: You’ve written a significant body of work and have taken it through several stages of revision. You’re getting ready to publish or are in the early stage of publishing, and you’re interested in refining the skills that will take you to the next level in the literary industry.

All Levels: You are any of the above and are looking to play with new possibilities.

You’ll get your class information, including Zoom link if applicable, three days before the first day of class.

Write With Hugo House is our free monthly write-in program, operated in partnership with the Seattle Public Library. Two take place onsite at SPL locations, one takes place online. 

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Asynchronous classes are perfect for students that need flexibility!

During an asynchronous class, instructors release new lessons once per week. Students then have one week to complete that lesson and any accompanying coursework. You’ll learn as much as you would in a traditional class but with the flexibility to work at the best times for your schedule!

While there are no live sessions, asynchronous classes are still a lively and rigorous experience. Async classes are not static lessons but an adaptable and energetic community space. Be ready to work in a collaborative environment, giving and receiving feedback on your writing, participating in discussions, and growing your writing practice in a way that works best for you.

Asynchronous classes take place through the website Wet Ink. Students receive an invitation to the class and to set up a Wet Ink account on the start date of the class. Each week of the class, a new lesson will be available through the Wet Ink portal. Classes close two weeks after the end date, and students receive an email containing their content from the class when it closes.

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