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Writing Our Immigrant Origin Stories


Americans often learn that Ellis Island represents the classic story of early twentieth-century immigration. In the later part of that century, however, immigration is characterized by the effects of, and resistance to, colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalism painting a different kind of American narrative, and a more complicated story to tell. In this way, an immigrant story can defy the classic "universal" narrative and becomes a way to express shifting identities that transcend nationality, a sense of "becoming" while perhaps never fully arriving: a multidimensional, multiversal origin story.
In this writing workshop, we will read immigrant writers and glean their techniques for blending the present with the historical, the personal and political, and the weighty with the whimsical. We’ll use creative prompts to spark images, places, and portraits of people we'll treat as characters imbued with complexity. We’ll focus on how to develop a voice unique to your own layered origin story traversing time and place, and explore publishing opportunities. Crucial to the crafting of creative prose, we'll explore how articulate constructive feedback, by reading the work of others as practitioners.
The goal is to create a supportive environment for all voices and experiences so that we may advance our work through sharing and learning collectively. 
This workshop is designed for writers of all levels who identify as immigrants, including first- and second- generations -- and other marginalized identities. 
  • Wednesdays for 7 weeks, from June 30th through August 11th. 
  • 7 - 8:30 PM ET/ 4 - 5:30 PM PT
  • $300 for 7 sessions. Discounts are available if you join with a friend or group.

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