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Queering the Personal Essay

All Levels | Queer people rarely have the privilege of getting to tell our own stories, and when we do, we are often pressured to put the aesthetic preferences of straight readers first. Not here though. In this generative nonfiction workshop, students will be provided a safe space to dissect personal essays by queer writers such as T Kira Madden, Brontez Purnell, Janet Mock, David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Rigoberto González, and Samantha Irby. Then, using the tools of memoir we’ll discuss along the way, you will have the opportunity to write your own personal essays and workshop them in a supportive environment.

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.

Instructor: Edgar Gomez

Class Type: 8 Sessions

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Term: Summer 2021

Start Date: 07/06/2021

End Date: 08/24/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Edgar Gomez

Edgar Gomez is a Florida-born writer with roots in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. A graduate of University of California, Riverside’s MFA program, he is a recipient of the 2019 Marcia McQuern Award for nonfiction. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in This American Life, POPSUGAR, Narratively, Longreads, Catapult, Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Lamda Literary, and elsewhere online and in print. His first book, a memoir titled High-Risk Homosexual, is forthcoming in January 2022 with Soft Skull Press. He currently lives in New York, where he is saving up for good lotion. For more, visit EdgarGomez.net.

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