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Unsafe Spaces

All Levels | Writing from and about underrepresented people and communities is some of the most important writing coming out today. This workshop is for socially conscious writers who are ready to kill their darlings. Unsafe Spaces refers to both: a workshop space that does not shy away from meaningful, honest, and sometimes difficult critique; and a workshop that also simultaneously encourages writing on intense, complex, or socially relevant subject matter.

Chavisa Woods is a current Lambda Award Finalist and a nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award.

Instructor: Chavisa Woods

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Start Date: 05/24/2018

End Date: 06/14/2018

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Chavisa Woods

Chavisa Woods is the author of 100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism), Seven Stories Press, 2019; of which the New York Times said, “This book makes it’s case in stark, personal terms.”

Lambda Literary said, “I suspect this text will become a vital tool for teaching, reclaiming, and collectively mourning for years to come.”

Woods previous book, Things to Do when You’re Goth in the Country (short fiction collection, 225 pages) Seven Stories Press (Distributed by Random House) May, 2017; secured Woods the Shirley Jackson Award, The Cobalt Fiction Prize, the Kathy Acker Award in Writing, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

This book also received praise from actress Emma Roberts (American Horror Story/Scream Queens), and Booklist said of the collection, “This Book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices."

Woods other works include The Albino Album (novel, 600 pages) Seven Stories Press, March, 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (short fiction collection, 200 pages) second edition release from Autonomedia/Umbearables, 2013, original publication by Fly by Night Press 2009.

A MacDowell Fellow, Woods’ fiction and nonfiction has received praise from The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, the Lambda Literary Review, The Riverfront Times, Pop Matters, and others.

Her fiction, poetry and essays have been featured in such publications as Tin House, Full Stop, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, Jadaliyya, and others.

Woods has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and has presented lectures and conducted workshops on fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.

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