Our online summer workshops are for writers who seek to defy the parameters of literature while expanding their personal practice as creatives.
This summer, we’re hosting two sessions of our workshops for writers of color, queer writers, and femme writers, and one session of our workshop for trans / gender non-conforming writers. Applications are free and open until March 1st. Students can participate in up to three online summer workshops but cannot attend both sessions of the same workshop. Tuition for each workshop is $180. We have a limited scholarship fund for writers with financial need. We will announce our summer workshop guest seminars soon; past seminars have been given by Tiana Clark, Kaveh Akbar, Danez Smith, Fatimah Asghar, Hanif Abdurraqib, Richard Siken, & Franny Choi.
SING THAT LIKE DOVESONG | exploring centuries of personal narrativean online workshop for writers of color
Session One: May 12th - May 22nd Session Two: July 21st - 31st
Writers of color have consistently thwarted the limitations of language & rhetoric to reveal some of the most important literary work. STLD serves to explore how our heritage and cultural identities are expressed through writing. We will interrogate ourselves in the creative lineage of writers of color to cultivate fresh, urgent tools of personal archival and celebration. Sing That Like Dovesong is our offering to fortify & nourish the urgent voices of writers of color.
title from Julian Randall's poem ”ode to the spontaneous dance party” from Hands Up, Don’t Shoot
ORCHIDS WITHOUT ATTACHED THIGHS | upending the feminine though interrogation & celebrationan online workshop for femme writers across gender
Session One: May 26th - June 5thSession Two: August 4th - August 14th
In the landscape of femininity, there are unending imaginations and tangibilities -- the cartography of the feminine is one of constant evolution. Orchids Without Attached Thighs creates a place for femme writers across gender to upend & redefine the feminine through rigorous mapping and generous documentation. We aim to explore a space of dynamic literary inquiry for those transcending the patriarchal contexts & locations of femininity.
title of this workshop comes from the poem 'Donna', by Frances Saux, published in Volume 3 of WT.
WE SWEAT HONEYSUCKLE | examined reimaginations of both personal & cultural queernessan online workshop for queer writers
Session One: June 9th - June 12thSession Two: August 25th - Sept 4th
Queer people globally across gender continue to reject tragic narratives with political & cultural resistance. In We Sweat Honeysuckle, we will hold ourselves into the light of endless potential through rigorous examinations and reimaginations of both personal and cultural queerness. Close study of writing, visual art & other media by queer creators will serve as guide & inspiration to better inform our craft.
title of this workshop comes from the poem, Storm Warning by Britt Ashley, published in WT’s Spotlight feature Fragments of Persephone.
OPEN BY RIOT LAUGHTER | archiving the resistance, divestment & transcendence of genderan online workshop for trans / gender non-conforming writers
Session One: June 23rd - July 3rd
Trans life is more than a special issue. It is more than the few news stories marking death. There has never not been a need for trans & GNC voices to be cultivated, refined, protected. In these times of abject & emboldened hate, trans voices must document themselves. Open By Riot Laughter series to blossom Trans/GNC voices doing the urgent work of documenting their truths in a world that renders them invisible. title from Noor Jaber's poem “Tries the Grammar of the Arabic to fit into the English” in Lineage of Mirrors
—art by Vincent Fink