Writing Patriarchal Power

with Amanda Montei

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry



6 Sessions

Start Date: April 20, 2023
End Date: May 25, 2023
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PT
Capacity: 0 seat
Member Price: $274.50
General Price: $305.00

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This class will explore theory and literature by writers like Roxane Gay, Melissa Febos, and Katherine Angel that elaborate on limited legal and cultural definitions of sexual violation and that make various forms of interpersonal and social control in the wake of #MeToo more explicit. Through discussion and weekly writing exercises, we will also consider how our own writing about subjects like harassment, sexuality, assault, coming of age, partnership, caregiving, and intimacy can expand and restore nuance to representations of gender and male power.

This class will be a safe place for writers who wish to thoughtfully explore, whether through poetry, fiction, or nonfiction narratives, how we might, as writers, represent the mechanics and phenomenology of male power, misogyny, and patriarchal control. This class welcomes victims and survivors of sexual assault and violence. We will have a final optional sharing of work on the last day of class, and content warnings will be used generously.

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

Amanda Montei

Amanda Montei


Amanda is the author, most recently, of TOUCHED OUT: Motherhood, Misogyny, Consent, & Control, available now from Beacon Press. Her work has been featured at The New York Times, The Guardian, Elle, Time, The Cut, Mother Tongue, Slate, Electric Literature, Vox, Rumpus, Salon, The Believer, Ms. Magazine, Poetry Foundation, and in numerous literary journals. She was a 2020 Best American Essays notable.

She has taught, lectured and presented work at Stanford University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California Berkeley, University of Chicago, St. Mary's College of California, California State University East Bay, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, University of Virginia, State University of New York at Buffalo, Diablo Valley College, and many others. Amanda has been teaching for over a decade at the college level and at various arts organizations, including at Catapult, Corporeal Writing, Hugo House, Writing Workshops, and Write or Die. Her work has received support from In Cahoots, Riverrun Foundation, and Juniper Writer’s Institute.

She holds an MFA in Writing from California Institute of the Arts and a PhD in English literature from SUNY at Buffalo. She runs the popular newsletter Mad Woman and lives in California.

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