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What do we do when something internal or external tells us, “You’re not supposed to write that?” We’ll explore the forbidden and the writer’s relationship to taboo, from the flagrant (Fifty Shades) to the transformative. We’ll look at writers like James Baldwin, Sharon Olds, Nadine Gordimer, Vladimir Nabokov, and Kathryn Harrison, and discuss how their work propelled social change or incited criticism. What responsibility does the writer have to truth? To politics? Come to class with your forbidden idea, and you’ll leave with writing from prompts made to unleash to taboo.
Megan Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Seattle. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, Call Me Home, was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2015.