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Writing the Taboo with Mary Anne Mohanraj

$65.00 · December 1

In the hands-on workshop, we’ll explore a variety of taboo topics. We’ll look at how brilliant writers have delved into material that was forbidden for their place and time, and then work through a series of exercises designed to push you into challenging places.

Start Date

December 1

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Thursday

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$65

In stock

Description

Dorothy Allison suggests (in her book Skin: Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature) that the best writing happens when one is terrified, and writes through the fear. That’s great advice, but the question is *how* does one write through the fear? It’s often frightening when you’re trying write about subject matter that is in some manner taboo: material that violates social norms, that might upset family members, or that is simply personally difficult to confront.

In the hands-on workshop, we’ll explore a variety of taboo topics. We’ll look at how brilliant writers have delved into material that was forbidden for their place and time (some of which might seem quite tame by today’s standards), and then work through a series of exercises designed to push you into challenging places.

At the end of the session, you should have some tools to lead you to stronger, braver work that takes more risks. Maybe it’ll challenge your audience too! Important note: You won’t be required to share this work with anyone, though I may ask for volunteers to read bits of what they’ve written.


StoryStudio Chicago is pleased to offer 5 scholarship spots for anyone who would like financial assistance to take this class. Please email us at  to learn more and claim a spot. (Can only be redeemed if class hits minimum enrollment requirements.)


 

About Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), the Lambda-award-finalist SF novella, The Stars Change (Circlet Press) and thirteen other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. The Stars Change is a science fiction novella, and finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards.

Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010. She serves as Executive Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation (speclit.org), has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. www.maryannemohanraj.com