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TIME UPDATE: This class will now run from 10 am – 1 pm PT. This has been updated from the print catalog.
All Levels | In this session we will explore craft issues related to ethnicity. How much do writers—and should writers—think about ethnicity and culture in the writing process? How do these considerations influence the choices we make as we write? We will discuss specific on-the-page concerns: When do you italicize? How do you handle conversations in languages other than English? How much do you explain or introduce cultural elements? And then there is the question of audience and representation. How does a writer negotiate people’s expectations that that writer is representing an entire culture on the page? This session will be part lecture and part discussion.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals and is a GrubStreet instructor and board member. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, is the recipient of the Juniper Prize and will be published by UMass Press in Spring 2021.